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The Top 5 Coffee Shops in Harwich, Massachusetts
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, March 30, 2020


Mornings might be a little bit slower on your Cape Cod vacation, as you won't have to rush out the door to get the kids to school or your self to work.

Instead, you can take it easy, enjoying the early hours of the day, and figuring out how you want to spend the rest of it.

At some point, you'll want to grab a cup of coffee, and while you could make a cup in the kitchen of your vacation rental, it's always nice to stop by a local shop where residents and visitors congregate.

You'll have multiple options from which to choose in Harwich, MA, so here are the town's top five places to grab a cup of coffee.

Perks Coffee Shop & Beer Garden

You'll quickly notice that Perks seems like two businesses in one, as they have a morning atmosphere and something completely different going on at night.

Assuming that you stop by in the morning for a cup of coffee, you'll find beans roasted by Wicked Joe in Brunswick, Maine, and learn that all of their coffee is organic and fair trade.

Perks Coffee Shop is also known for its espressos, iced coffees, and smoothies, so you'll have a lot of variety once you walk through the doors. You can grab a quick breakfast here, too, as they carry sandwiches and full meals at reasonable prices.

And if you want to come by Perks at night, they also have a beer garden, live music, and a raw bar.

Lighthouse Cafe

Over in Northwest Harwich, the Lighthouse Cafe is more of a diner than a coffee shop, but if you're looking for a full, hearty breakfast with your drink, this is the place to go.

The Lighthouse Cape is a throwback to the small, local hidden gems that you likely used to hear about but could never find. Here, you'll find an excellent breakfast meal, and they have a bakery, too, if you want to bring some fresh items back to your vacation rental.

Dunkin' Donuts

You might try to avoid chains while on your Cape Cod vacation, but you can't argue with the convenience and reliability of Dunkin'. As a result, if you're looking for a quick cup of coffee in the morning, you can stop by one of the three stores in Harwich and be back at your vacation rental in a matter of minutes.

Dunkin' is an institution in New England, so it makes sense that you'd come across a few on this part of the Cape. As for the locations, there's one on Main Street in Harwich Port, one on Pleasant Lake Avenue in Harwich Center, and a third on Brewster-Chatham Road in East Harwich. You can also get Dunkin' coffee at the Shell gas station on Brewster-Chatham Road.

Capeside Kitchen

Back on Main Street in Harwich Port is another local institution: the Capeside Kitchen. This local eatery is a popular brunch spot on weekends that also features full breakfast and lunch menus, in addition to some of the Cape's best coffee.

Many visitors to the Capeside Kitchen partake in their mimosa and bloody Marys, so you'll have all kinds of choice when heading here in the morning.

Much like the Lighthouse Cafe, this isn't a place where you'll stop in for a quick cup of coffee, but rather a location to spend a big chunk of your morning, so plan accordingly if you're stopping by.

Starbucks

Yes, Starbucks is another chain on this list, but sometimes familiarity is a good thing while on vacation. Unlike other parts of the country, you won't find Starbucks on every corner of Cape Cod.

There are a few, however, including the one inside the Stop & Shop at Harwich Commons in East Harwich.

The good news is that this particular Starbucks retains its small-town feel, likely due to its position inside a grocery store in a quieter part of the Cape. It's also important to note that this cafe doesn't open until the rest of the store does at 7:30 AM, so it's not the best choice for early risers.

Make the Most of Your Cape Cod Mornings

No matter how you want to spend your mornings on your Cape Cod vacation, you'll have options in Harwich, Massachusetts. Once you book a vacation rental in this quintessential Cape Cod town, have a look at the coffee and breakfast options available to you, and you won't be disappointed.

There's always something happening on the Cape, and even if you like getting up early on your vacation, you'll likely find a place with like-minded people open for business.



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The Top 5 Coffee Shops in Barnstable
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, November 25, 2019


Coffee Shops in Barnstable

As the sun comes up on each morning of your Cape Cod vacation, finding that perfect cup of coffee is essential.

Sure, you could brew a cup yourself in your vacation rental, but maybe you want to get out to explore the Cape and try some local coffee shops.

But with so many choices, where do you go?

In Barnstable, locals definitely have their favorites, so here are the top five coffee shops in Cape Cod’s only city.

1) Nirvana Coffee Company

Located on Main Street in the heart of Barnstable Village, Nirvana Coffee Company is a must-visit during your Cape Cod vacation.

For starters, the coffee shop sits in a converted, historic house, which is reason enough to want to go inside for a cup.

In addition, Nirvana Coffee Company has some of the Cape's best brews, along with breakfast sandwiches, a lunch menu, and iced drinks to enjoy on warmer days.

In short, Nirvana offers everything you could ever want from a coffee shop, and the friendly atmosphere and historic venue just add to its charming vibe.

2) Marylou's Coffee

Located right along Iyannough Road in Hyannis, Marylou's Coffee is almost impossible to miss because of its bright pink decor. As you drive past, you're sure to see the pink sign, and once you head inside, you'll see that their commitment to pink continues there, as well.

Marylou's Coffee is a chain with locations all over Massachusetts, including a second Cape Cod store in Sandwich. It has become a local favorite in Hyannis, however, because it serves perhaps the best coffee in town, in addition to iced drinks, smoothies, teas, and seasonal favorites.

Of course, if you're looking for a quick meal in the morning, you'll find pastries, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and donuts at Marylou's Coffee, too. You can also take a bag of coffee back to your vacation rental, so you don't have to head out the next morning to find the perfect cup of coffee.

3) Pain D'Avignon Restaurant Boulangerie

Pain D'Avignon is a little different from the other venues on this list because it's both a bakery and a restaurant. If you show up in the morning between 7:00 and 11:00 AM, Pain D'Avignon has a coffee shop vibe to it, with a variety of French-style breakfasts available, in addition to fresh pastries and coffee.

On Sundays, the restaurant serves brunch between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, as well.

Then, in the evenings, Pain D'Avignon becomes a French bistro offering some of the Cape's best cuisine.

When stopping by for a coffee in the morning, you'll quickly see why Pain D'Avignon is so popular, and its location near the Cape Cod Mall makes it easily accessible throughout your time in Barnstable.

4) The Daily Paper

There are two The Daily Paper location in Hyannis: one on Main Street near the harbor and another on West Main Street beside the Barnstable Performing Arts Center.

Both locations are open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM Monday through Saturday, with reduced hours on Sundays, and both are known for their classic coffee shop atmosphere.

The coffee at The Daily Paper is from Beanstock Coffee Roasters of Wellfleet, so you know you're getting something local every time you visit. They also try to source as much of their food locally as possible.

Speaking of the food, The Daily Paper has an extensive breakfast menu featuring just about anything you could ever want in the morning, and they have a lunch menu, too.

If you're in the Hyannis area, it's worth stopping by this local favorite for a quick cup of coffee or an entire meal.

5) Starbucks

Yes, this is just another franchise in the international Starbucks chain, but people in Barnstable love it for one simple reason: they know what to expect.

If you're a fan of Starbucks, there won't be any surprises here, as you can order the same menu items that you enjoy at home, so you're not taking a risk with your morning coffee.

The main Starbucks in Barnstable sits on Iyannough Road, just outside the Cape Cod Mall, but there is another store inside the mall, as well.

There's no reason why your Cape Cod vacation should prevent you from getting your Starbucks fix, and, luckily, Barnstable has you covered.

Coffee and More

As you can tell, Barnstable has a variety of coffee shops, with each having a different atmosphere and a unique way of doing things. 

If you’re into enjoying a local cup of coffee with a diner-style meal, you’re in luck.

Likewise, if you’d rather have the same coffee that you order at home, Cape Cod has options for you, as well.

The good news is that you can try a different coffee shop every day in Barnstable because there are so many from which to choose.



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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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