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Is Coffee Roasted on Cape Cod?
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 19, 2019


You surely love your morning coffee, but are you keeping it as local as possible? cape cod coffee

While the climate on Cape Cod isn't right for growing coffee beans, a variety of shops now roast bean locally, giving you access to the freshest coffee available.

So, in short, yes, coffee is roasted on the Cape, and here are some retailers who do it, in addition to information on where to buy these fantastic products.

 

Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters

Ever since Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters opened its doors in 2005, it has been dedicated to roasting and serving ethically sourced beans from around the world. Today, the retailer has two locations - Main Street Chatham and Main Street Brewster - both of which serve coffee, espresso, cappuccino, tea, matcha, hot chocolate, and much more.

If you're unable to get to one of the shops, you can pick up a bag of coffee at retailers like the Organic Market in Dennis Port or Mashpee, Salty Market in Truro, and Main Street Wine & Gourmet in Orleans. Various restaurants and cafes, including Clean Slate Eatery, The Coonamessett Inn, 361 Coffee and Espresso Bar, and the Brewster Fish House, also serve their products.

The coffee is available for online order and delivery, as well.

 

Cape Cod Coffee

The most prominent coffee roaster on the Cape is none other than Cape Cod Coffee, which has three retail locations - Mashpee Commons, Mashpee Main Street, and Barnstable Airport - and is available for purchase at restaurants and shops all over the Cape. You can even grab a cup of their brew as far away as New York City.

Cape Cod Coffee offers 12 different types of beans, including organic, blueberry, and pumpkin spice, and you can even purchase single-serving C-cups to take home with you.

You can also order online, take a tour of the roasting facility, and pick up a gift basket for the coffee lover in your life.

The Mashpee Commons location is now open for breakfast and lunch, as well, as Cape Cod Coffee is well on its way to becoming a must-visit destination on the Cape.

 

Three Fins

Aesthetically, it's tough to beat Three Fins Coffee Roasters and Mercantile in West Dennis. After all, the Main Street building is spectacular, featuring 28-foot ceilings with exposed beams, which create a modern look and a warm atmosphere. Three Fins is open from 7 AM until 5 PM every day, giving you more than enough opportunity to pop in for a drink.

If you fall in love with the coffee here, you can pick up a bag to take home with you. They have sampler packs available, as well, so you can try out six different roasts to find out which you like best. Online ordering is an option if you're unable to make it to their shop.

A bonus at Three Fins is that you can watch the coffee being roasted. This perk allows you to see a bit of the process behind making coffee, including the small-batch roasting technique used here.

 

Beanstock Coffee Roasters

You'll notice that Beanstock Coffee Roasters is a little different from the other coffee-based businesses on Cape Cod because it isn't a coffee shop that roasts beans for its own drinks; it's a coffee bean wholesaler.

Luckily, dozens of businesses on the Cape sell the products from Beanstock Coffee Roasters, so they easy items to get your hands on.

For example, you can sample these beans at local restaurants like Mac's Shack in Wellfleet, Rock Harbor Grill in Orleans, Jimmy's Hideaway in Provincetown, Capeside Kitchen in Harwich, and the Brewster Fish House, just to name a few. It's also possible to pick up a bag of roasted beans from retailers like the Barnstable Market, Bean & Cod in Falmouth, Corner Store in Chatham, Nauset Farms in Orleans, and Whole Foods in Hyannis.

You can order their products online and have them delivered, as well.

Beanstock Coffee Roasters is committed to selling organic, fair trade products, and brings its beans in from all over South America and Africa.

 

Keeping Your Coffee Local

Each person has individual preferences when it comes to coffee, so it's nice that Cape Cod has so many local options.

Most of the beans available through these retailers are ethically-sourced and sustainably-grown, with many organic options, so you know you're receiving high-quality products and that the workers are paid a fair wage.

The next time you head out for a cup of coffee or need new beans for the house, give one of these Cape Cod-based businesses a try. You'll surely be happy with your decision once you taste the freshness and quality that they have to offer.



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The Top 5 Coffee Shops in Yarmouth
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, July 30, 2019


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Vacationing in Yarmouth, Massachussets will provide you with plenty of activities throughout your stay, and you’ll quickly find yourself submerged in local life and all that it has to offer. The next step, of course, is to find out where locals are stopping for a cup of coffee and a quick breakfast, as these shops usually provide not only the best food and java but also the best value on Cape Cod. Here is a list of Yarmouth’s top five coffee shops, with each of them providing a unique quality that could make it easy for you to find your favorite Cape Cod hangout for this year’s trip.

 

1) The Optimist Cafe

At The Optimist Cafe, you'll not only discover perhaps Yarmouth's best coffee shop but will also have the chance to experience some Cape Cod history. You see, the cafe sits along The Old King's Highway in Yarmouth Port, in a historic Gothic Revival home built by Captain Frederick Howes in 1849. The building is on the National Historic Register, and still contains many original elements, including its spiral staircase, French doors, pine flooring, and massive window. If for no other reason, the antiquity makes this shop worth a visit.

As for the business itself, this is the only restaurant on the Mid-Cape to offer all-day breakfast year round. The breakfast menu is extensive, featuring everything you'd expect at a diner, including homemade waffles, pancakes, and crepes. There are also bakery items available if you're in the mood for something a little simpler. The Optimist Cafe is only open until 3:00 PM, but there is a lunch menu, or you can come for afternoon tea.

 

2) Bagels & Beyond

We'd forgive you if you drove right past Bagels & Beyond on Main Street in West Yarmouth without even noticing it. The cafe sits in an open area just west of the Antiques Center of Yarmouth and tends to blend in with its surroundings, and the coffee shop's small sign doesn't help matters. Once you're inside, however, you'll be happy that you took the time to find it.

Bagels & Beyond proudly serves New England Coffee, which you can order by the cup or the box if you need a few cups of joe to bring back to your vacation rental. The staff also makes bagels, pastries, and muffins from scratch each morning, and the cream cheese is made in-house, too. If you're in the mood for a more substantial meal, the breakfast sandwiches and burritos are sure to fill the gap.

 

3) Caffè Gelato Bertini

You'll find something a little different at Caffè Gelato Bertini, as this is an Italian-style shop with 24 flavors of gelato, six types of sorbetto, and a variety of coffee drinks. The business recently moved from Pearl Street in Hyannis to South Street in South Yarmouth, and now shares a building with Great Island Bakery, another outstanding local business.

The staff at Caffè Gelato Bertini make everything the Italian way. The owners have brought ingredients, recipes, and equipment from across the ocean to provide an authentic European experience on Cape Cod. Although they aren't open early in the morning, which might be a disappointment for some coffee lovers, you'll want to give one of their brews a try, particularly the espresso. Keep in mind that Caffè Gelato Bertini is only open from May through October.

 

4) Scapicchio's Bakery

While we’re discussing European-inspired coffee shops on Cape Cod, let’s look at Scapicchio's Bakery, an authentic Italian-style cafe offering house-made bread and pasties, and some of the Cape’s best coffee. The bakery opens at 7:00 AM every morning, except for Mondays when it's closed, making it an ideal place for the early riser to head for a quick breakfast and a cup of java.

Scapicchio's Bakery hasn’t been open for very long, but it has already built a tremendous following among locals and visitors alike, indicating that this family-run business will be around for years to come. The building is also incredibly easy to find, since it sits on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, right across the street from Skull Island at Bass River Sports World. It's a busy area, and you'll see that the bakery fills up early in the morning, but everything about this place makes it worth the wait.

 

5) Dunkin' Donuts

Yes, it’s a chain that doesn’t provide the same Cape Cod experience as other venues on this list. But, there are three Dunkin’ Donuts in South Yarmouth and two more in West Yarmouth, so pretty much everyone in town has visited a time or two, and people seem to love their coffee.

The attraction of Dunkin' Donuts is the convenience, as they have three shops on Route 28, another on East Main Street, just off Route 28, and one on Station Avenue near Yarmouth Shopping Center. All of these stores feature on-the-go mobile ordering so that you can have your coffee waiting for you upon arrival, and most have a drive-thru, as well. When you’re in a hurry, Dunkin’ Donuts in your best bet.

 

Try One or Try Them All

Since all of these coffee shops are relatively close to one another, you’d easily have time to sample each of them on your Cape Cod vacation.

Whether you’re looking for a quick cup of coffee, some baked goods, a full meal, or some ice cream, these cafes have you covered during your time in Yarmouth.



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The Top 5 Bakeries in Barnstable
| Monday, January 7, 2019


As the largest community on Cape Cod, with a population of about 45,000 and including villages like Hyannis, Cotuit, Marston Mills, Centerville, and Osterville, it makes sense that Barnstable would have a plethora of dining venues. Included with these eateries are the city's bakeries, of which the area has a wide selection from which to choose.

All of these bakeries serve food, but for the purposes of this list, we're looking at the venues with the best made-on-site baked goods in Barnstable. Make sure you head out and try some of these bakeries during your time on the Mid Cape because most of them only have one location and all of them are outstandingly delicious.

1) Pain D'AvignonPain d'Avignon pastries in Hyannis on Cape Cod Massachusetts.

On Hinckley Road in Hyannis, a few blocks from Cape Cod Mall, you'll find Pain D'Avignon, a restaurant and bakery with some of the Cape's most sought-after baked goods. The bakery has a philosophy where it focuses on using traditional breadmaking methods without the use of preservatives or artificial ingredients. The result is that every loaf has a distinctly European flavor and is meant to be the centerpiece of your dining experience, rather than a complementary afterthought. The products sold at Pain D'Avignon are also available at the Chatham Farmer’s Market, Dewey Square Farmer's Market, Hingham Farmer's Market, and Provincetown Farmer's Market during the high season, so if you can’t get to the bakery, you can still enjoy its goods.

2) Morning Glory Cafe

Over in Marston Mills, Morning Glory Cafe has an exceptional reputation because of the bread, cookies, bagels, muffins, and croissants they make on-site daily. The bakery, which is located on Cotuit Road, also serves a quiche of the day, in addition to breakfast burritos, sandwiches, soups, wraps, and salads. Whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch, a cup of coffee, or some baked goods to go, Morning Glory Cafe is a great option that sits just off Route 28 and is a definite favorite of many locals.

3) Casual Gourmet

The Casual Gourmet in Centerville is widely known for its wedding catering. In fact, it has won numerous awards for its catering and is perhaps the top choice in this regard on all of the Cape. This locally owned and operated company not only makes delectable wedding cakes but provides the entire catering experience for events of all sizes. At the same time, you can pop into the storefront on Richardson Road for breakfast, lunch, coffee, or some baked goods, as well as order ahead if you're in search of a custom cake or meal for a large group. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or need food for an event, the Casual Gourmet has you covered.

4) Lorena Bakery & Cafe

Sitting in a prime location on Main Street near Hyannis Harbor, Lorena Bakery & Cafe is a must-visit when you're in the area. This cafe serves breakfast, including sandwiches and waffles, all day, and features a selection of bread and pastries that are baked on-site. You can also pick up some homemade granola or have a wrap, salad, or sandwich for lunch. Lorena Bakery & Cafe has extended hours in comparison to other cafes on this list, so you can even head down for dessert after dinner in the summer. When you’re exploring the harborfront area or stopping at the nearby John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, this bakery is the perfect place to pop in for a meal or a snack.

5) Panera Bread

Located in Capetown Plaza on Iyannough Road, Panera Bread is easily accessible, keeps long hours, and allows for online ordering. While this bakery is part of a national chain, it belongs on this list because the bread is baked on-site daily using fresh dough that is delivered each morning. You can buy bread by the loaf at Panera Bread, in addition to pre-made sandwiches, soup, bagels, sweets, muffins, smoothies, pasta, flatbread, and salad. In short, this is the type of place that you can head for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on any day of the week.

6) Centerville Pie CompanyCenterville Pie Blueberry Pie. Centerville, MA on Cape Cod.

This list could not be considered complete without mentioning The Centerville Pie Company. This pie company has been making headlines since they opened their doors almost a decade ago. Their pie shop is located on Route 28 in Centerville and they distribute pies throughout the Cape and off Cape through many local stores.

Some of their signiture pies include their now famous Chicken Pie, Clam Pie, Lobster Pie, Vegetarian Pie and other "Savory Pies". After your main course, you can enjoy some of their fruit pies (apple, blueberry, cranberry, peach, pumpkin and more) or some ice cream pie. They even make a mean Pecan Pie and a tasty Key Lime Pie.

The Best of Barnstable

Small, family-run bakeries thrive in Barnstable, as there is clearly a market for fresh, locally-baked bread throughout the community. During your Cape Cod vacation, you might consider skipping the grocery store bread and picking up some made-on-the-Cape baked goods to keep at your vacation rental all week long.

You can’t beat the quality of these bakeries in Barnstable because if they’re on this list, it means the people of Cape Cod love what they’re cooking up.



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The Top 5 Coffee Shops on the Outer Cape
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Friday, December 14, 2018


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Do you love a hot cup of coffee in the morning? How about an iced latte in the afternoon on a hot summer’s day? What about a quick breakfast or snack with your drink before heading to the beach? The Outer Cape has many options if you're searching for any of those things, and even if you're visiting in the off-season, you’ll still have options because most of the top five coffee shops in the area stay open during the winter.

Here are the best coffee shops for you to check out from your vacation rental on the Outer Cape:

1) Wired Puppy in Provincetown

Located on Commercial Street in the heart of downtown Provincetown, Wired Puppy Specialty Coffee & Tea gets a lot of traffic all summer long. Visitors and locals alike make sure they stop by this coffee shop not only for a cup of java but also their specialty drinks, including iced coffees, along with the atmosphere that only central Ptown can provide.

In addition to drinks, Wired Puppy has baked good, smoothies, and oatmeal for breakfast, so if you're out and about on your way to Herring Cove Beach, MacMillan Pier, Race Point Lighthouse, or any other local attraction, you can stop in for a quick bite. Unlike some other businesses in the heart of Provincetown, this shop is open year round, making it an option in any season.

 

2) Savory & the Sweet Escape in Truro

It might seem a little strange to see Savory & the Sweet Escape on this list since it is so much more than just a coffee shop. That's precisely the reason for its inclusion, however, as you can indulge in breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or try some of the best homemade ice cream, cupcakes, pies, and other desserts available anywhere on the Cape.

The coffee at Savory & the Sweet Escape is also memorable, as it is roasted locally by Beanstock Coffee & Espresso. You won't find fresher coffee anywhere, so make sure you head up Route 6 and give them a try the next time you're in the mood for a coffee, and so much more. This business is open 12 months a year, giving you plenty of chances to do so, and is easily accessible from the Cape Cod National Seashore, making it the perfect place to visit before or after a day in the sun.

 

3) Joe Coffee & Café in Provincetown

Even though it's only open between the middle of May and the end of October, Joe's Coffee & Café belongs on this list because people line up outside for a coffee, hot chocolate, cider, or tea at its Commercial Street location almost every day during the summer. Some of the favorites on the menu include Joe's blend, the red eye, the chai latte, and the wide selection of iced coffees and teas.

You can also grab breakfast at Joe's, with bagels, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches prepared every morning. Perhaps the best part about Joe's is that you can buy beans by the pound. So if you fall in love with the coffee, you'll have the chance to take some home with you.

 

4) The Flying Fish in Wellfleet

OK, so The Flying Fish sounds like it should be a seafood restaurant and you'd be forgiven if you're confused by the name. In actuality, this is a cafe that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the summer and from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM with a limited menu in the winter. Breakfast in the summer has everything you could imagine, including eggs, omelets, pancakes, and breakfast burritos, while the winter menu is made up of baked goods from the in-house Wildflour Bakery and, of course, coffee.

The coffee here comes from Wellfleet's own Beanstock Coffee Company, with cappuccino, espresso, tea, and various iced drinks also available. The cafe is a little off the beaten path, as it sits north of downtown Wellfleet on Briar Lane, but that's a good thing if you're looking for a quiet place to enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage, especially when sitting in their garden seating area.

 

5) PB Boulangerie in Wellfleet

Remaining in Wellfleet, we have PB Boulangerie, a famous bakery that sits right by the trailhead of the Cape Cod Rail Trail. We say it's famous because Outer Cape residents know all about PB Boulangerie and its astounding array of treats and baked goods, and you will too after taking your Cape Cod vacation. PB Boulangerie offers a wide selection of patisserie, viennoiserie, and bread for you to enjoy, and the chef makes everything from scratch right there in the building.

The bakery is open between Wednesday and Sunday from 7 AM until 6 PM, and you can place online orders a couple of days in advance if you need a large number of baked goods. One of the most ordered items at this location is the Bonne Journee, which is a breakfast made up of a cup of coffee and a croissant. You can enjoy this simple, yet delicious, meal outside the venue in front of a roaring fire first thing in the morning, creating the perfect start to your day.

 

Head for Coffee in the Morning

You might not want to head out for coffee or breakfast every morning during your vacation, but it’s nice to know that you’ve got some great options on the Outer Cape. You really can't go wrong with any of these cafes because their coffee is excellent and the atmosphere in each business epitomizes everything that makes Cape Cod an exceptional place to visit.



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