Thursday, November 28, 2019

Gracenote Coffee

Subject: Gracenote Coffee
Location: Boston, MA
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

While large, spacious coffeehouses occupy a hallowed place in my heart, I do also greatly enjoy the more cozy cafes of the urban landscape. Carved into city corners and architectural oddities, such a shop doesn't necessarily need to command a certain square footage to be excellent, but more so, it pulls in customers due only to coffee excellence and miscellaneous splendor.

One fine example of an intimate coffee experience in Boston is Gracenote Coffee. Situated on an elevated corner, this establishment exists as one of the finer espresso bars in the city while only offering standing room. Intrigued, I found myself in the Leather District one overcast day, eager for a good cup of coffee, and upon arrival I found a beautiful white-walled space, full of wood furnishings and brimming with activity and beverages.

As for coffee, I went with an espresso of a single origin Kenyan and a cup of a Rwandan via drip. The espresso, pulled short with brown crema, smacked of raspberry, chocolate, passion fruit, black tea, pineapple and rye toast, proving bright and balanced. The drip coffee also hit the ball out the park, with vibrant notes of asian pear, blueberry, corn bread, cherry soda, orange starburst and a little bran.

After downing my espresso and grabbing the coffee to go, I jumped to resume my travels, ready for a profitable day of Boston adventures. The next time you happen to be in the area, definitely make a stop at Gracenote for some excellent coffee in a wonderfully cozy space.

These wonderful folks made this visit possible in part. Make sure to check them out!

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