Best of Boston

BEST Coffee

2003 BEST Coffee

Torrefazione Italia


Aunt Bette often says there’s nothing worse than a bad cup of tea, but she’s wrong. A bad cup of coffee is a greater offense. And there are far too many chains these days pouring vats of watered-down-but-too-hot-to-taste-the-difference-anyway brews. That’s… read more»

1998 BEST Coffee, Beans

Polcari’s Coffee


Of course the coffee at this quaint North End shop is excellent. It comes from the Excellent Company in Rhode Island. There was a day when the Polcari family (merchants here since 1932) roasted the coffee beans themselves, but you… read more»

1995 BEST Coffee, Roaster

Java Sun


Jim Cleaves, Java Sun’s head roaster, says the secret to his beans’ flavor is microroasting—that is, roasting in small batches for better quality control and freshness. The proof is in the cup. read more»

1993 BEST Coffee, Beans

The Coffee Connection

The Coffee Connection may be the premier coffee-bean purveyor in the country. We know for sure it’s the best in New England. read more»

1991 BEST Coffee, Vendor, New



Finally, another bean roaster selling high-quality, fresh coffee beans. The breakfast blend is super, and so are the pastries. read more»

1987 BEST Coffee, Decaf

Harvard Book Store Cafe


Lots of flavor. Little kick. read more»

1986 BEST Coffee, Restaurant

Back Bay Bistro


A hands-down winner with no grounds for dissent. read more»

1984 BEST Coffee, Irish

Jacob Wirth


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1981 BEST Coffee, Beans



Not the restaurant, the food shop. Now you know why the coffee’s so good in the North End. read more»

1976 BEST Coffee


Visiting Brazilians prefer the Ritz-Carlton’s brew. read more»