Drinks

Recreo Coffee Is Now Open Inside City Hall

The West Roxbury-based coffee shop sources beans from a family farm in Nicaragua.

Recreo Coffee at City Hall. / Photo by Jeremiah Robinson courtesy of the Mayor’s Office

A local coffee company with Nicaraguan roots (literally) has set up shop inside Boston City Hall. Recreo Coffee is now serving espresso drinks, cold brew, pour-overs, and more on the public building’s third-floor mezzanine.

The partnership comes after the Mayor’s Office sought proposals from local roasteries and coffee shops earlier this year. Recreo, which has a roaster and café in West Roxbury, impressed the city with its “dedication to socially responsible partnerships with local organizations, including a program that promotes education and healthcare for the coffee bean farmers and their families,” says the Mayor’s Office in a statement.

Miriam and Hector Morales operate the West Roxbury shop, which sources beans from Miriam’s 40-plus-year-old family farm in Nicaragua, El Recreo Estate Coffees. They first opened up shop in Boston in 2014.

“We are thrilled to bring our shop to Boston City Hall to serve workers, residents and visitors who pass through each and every day,” Miriam Morales said in a press release. “It’s especially special to be able to bring my family’s coffee beans from Nicaragua all the way to Boston.”

Mayor Marty Walsh said the couple “makes a great cup of coffee,” and he is pleased with this effort “to make City Hall a welcoming spot for everyone.”

The Recreo outpost is part of a series of renovations aimed to make the concrete behemoth a more accessible place for the city’s residents. Boston Winter festivities were part of the efforts, and other amenities coming this summer include a picnic area, a new information desk, better signage, and more.

Recreo Coffee is open at City Hall Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with a full coffee menu, plus baked goods and lunch options.

Recreo Coffee, 1 City Hall Square, Third Floor Mezzanine, Boston, Recreo Coffee & Roasterie, 1876 Centre St., West Roxbury, 617-553-2379, elrecreoestatecoffee.com.


Jacqueline Cain Associate Food Editor at Boston Magazine jcain@bostonmagazine.com