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“We’ve been all over the globe, and a lot of people you meet, you meet in a coffee house.”
—Catherine Bieri, co-owner, Three Fins Coffee Roasters

By Marina Davalos

Coffee houses bring people together in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere where they can sit and read, meet up with friends, share ideas and work on their laptops. In search of this laid-back vibe, we visited 13 local coffee houses and enjoyed sipping lattes and cold brew coffee along the way.

Buckies Biscotti Bakery & Café

This bakery and café serves—as its name suggests—numerous flavors of biscotti, featuring almond, cranberry orange, walnut chocolate chip, lemon pistachio, toffee pecan, vanilla, chocolate chunk and fig. Known as an institution on the Main Streets of Dennis Port and Harwich Port, Buckie’s offers a relaxed vibe in both locations. In addition to biscotti, Buckie’s offers pastries and baked goods, including cookies, cannoli and tea breads to go with your specialty coffee. For breakfast, egg sandwich options abound, available on a bagel, English muffin or a panini.

681 Route 28, Dennis Port, 508-398-9700; 554 Route 28, Harwich Port, 877-247-2688

Chatham Perk

Catherine Martin opened Chatham Perk in 2014 and has been bringing people together over coffee ever since. “I had always wanted to open a cafe-type of restaurant that would offer a warm, welcoming atmosphere where people could meet with co-workers, friends and family,” says Martin. Try the medium roast called Sunrise, a blend of specialty coffees from Central and South America, or an Ethiopian blend with delicate fruit and floral notes. Customers can sip a freshly brewed latte or cappuccino in this friendly, bakery-style café or enjoy the outside patio during the warmer months. For breakfast, the café serves pastries such as muffins, croissants and rolls, and breakfast sandwiches on a Portuguese muffin or bagel. Chatham Perk is also noted for its juice bar, serving their popular Green Garden juice, made with kale, cucumber, pineapple, mint and ginger. And this fall, pumpkin coffee is back—stop in and warm up.

307 Orleans Road, North Chatham, 508-945-5005

Coffee Obsession

Hugh Birmingham started Coffee Obsession in 1992 after he visited a coffee shop on Martha’s Vineyard. “It had such a laid-back vibe, there were people from a kid with a mohawk to lawyers and housewives,” says Birmingham. “I told my wife, ‘I want to create that vibe!’” The former mechanical engineer says he engaged in a lot of coffee research. Before he knew it, Birmingham was a coffee shop owner. He opened his second location in Woods Hole in 2004. In the kitchen, pastry chef Karen Dean creates quiches, such as spinach feta, and also an unforgettable bacon, egg and avocado sandwich with sprouts on a bagel. Gluten-free options are available too. Specialty coffees include a Mexican mocha latte featuring Mexican chocolate spiced with cinnamon and cardamom. All coffees are organic, with single-origin coffees from Ethiopia and Costa Rica. The Guatemalan has been a popular blend, says Birmingham. This fall, stop in for a pumpkin latte or an apple cider.

110 Palmer Ave., Falmouth, 508-540-2233; 38 Water St., Woods Hole, 508-540-8130

The Coffee Table

Opened in 2004 in the Popponesset Marketplace, The Coffee Table has two other locations, one on Ocean Street in Hyannis near Hy-Line and the other in Forestdale. Customers can enjoy their favorite specialty coffee drink, hot or cold with bagels, pastries and even French toast.

Popponesset Marketplace, 259 Shore Dr., Mashpee, 508-477-9013; 230 Ocean St., Hyannis, 508-771-0080; 89 Route 130, Forestdale, 508-477-0047

The Daily Brew

Six months after taking a job at The Daily Brew in 2006, Kathy Hickey, former owner of the Parrot Bar & Grill in Cataumet, had the opportunity to buy the business. Ever since she took over the coffee house, Hickey has turned it into a special place in the community. “Everyone needs a place to hang out,” says Hickey. Customers can sit at a high top in this converted farmhouse or lounge in the upstairs loft. The coffee is all organic and roasted locally. The Daily Brew sells coffee by the pound and even a Box o’ Brew. Known for their extensive menu, from breakfast sandwiches to burritos and wraps, the only problem is deciding what to order. “We’re really small, so we pride ourselves on freshness,” says Hickey. “We’ve grown significantly and we have a huge local following that we’re so grateful for.” Stop by for an espresso, latte or a cup of tea, or indulge in a fresh fruit smoothie.

1370 Route 28A, Cataumet, 508-564-4755

Two Cups of Espresso

Hot Chocolate Sparrow

In 2015, brother and sister Perry and Maya Sparrow took over this Orleans institution from their parents, Bob and Marjorie, who started it in Eastham in 1989 as the Chocolate Sparrow, a chocolate and confectionery shop. “When we started selling espresso, that was when we added the ‘hot’,” says Perry of the store’s name. Not only does the Sparrow, which began selling coffee in 1993, sell upwards of 30 coffee flavors, with nine or 10 hot coffee pots percolating at once, it also boasts a huge candy counter—think homemade caramel turtles, chocolate bark and fudge. It also offers a full menu of sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, including gluten-free options. “What’s our specialty?” Sparrow reflects. “It’s hard to say—we have so many things. Hot drinks, frozen drinks. We make our own fudge sauce in-house for use in all of our espresso drinks.” Stop by for a Mocha Sparrow infused with coconut, white chocolate or caramel. Most recently, the shop added nitro cold brew to the menu.

5 Old Colony Way, Orleans, 508-240-2230

Kohi Coffee Company

Kohi opened on Commercial Street in Provincetown in 2014 by Ryan Campbell and James DeRosier, who both hail from Washington state, the birthplace of American coffee culture, according to some. Stop by for a cappuccino, latte or cold brew and chat with the owners. You’ll receive quite an education about coffee and its origins. And speaking of origins—the goat head on Kohi’s logo? It’s a symbol of coffee’s origin myth. Coffee is believed to have been discovered by goat herders—when their goats ate the coffee cherries off the trees, herders noticed the goats were slightly more energetic than usual.

Kohi Coffee Company, 199 Commercial St., Provincetown, 774-538-6467

Monomoy Coffee Company

Right in the heart of Chatham, Monomoy has been serving up specialty coffee drinks, including freshly brewed espresso and lattes, for more than 20 years. The shop features breakfast and pastries, including bagels and breakfast sandwiches—even a BLT with homemade cream cheese. Cream cheese flavors include roasted red pepper, scallion and cranberry orange. Gluten-free options abound, and customers can choose a wrap or a salad from the grab-and-go section.

447a Main St., Chatham, 508-945-5662

Nirvana Coffee Company

This Barnstable village hot spot has been a coffee haven since 2006. Current owner Laura Shechtman bought the coffee house in 2011 with her husband, Rick, and added food to the menu. “I was impressed with Nirvana and I knew it was a strong business,” says Shechtman. With years of restaurant experience under her belt, Shechtman and her team serve up traditional and unique breakfast sandwiches, such as bacon, egg and Swiss cheese, and pesto, prosciutto and gouda on croissants or English muffins. Lunch includes chicken curry, tarragon or a delectable veggie melt. Coffees are all Fair Trade and organic, and specialty lattes include pistachio, matcha, cookies ‘n’ cream and horchata. But in addition to all of the tasty menu items, it’s just a great place to hang out, either in a cozy chair inside or in one of the Adirondack chairs lined up outside. “It’s a really nice place to come together,” says Shechtman. “There are so many wonderful people in this village. It’s the village and the people, and our great staff who’ve made us who we are.”

3206 Main St., Barnstable, 508-744-6983

Rendezvous Café & Creperie

Dylan Jordan, a native of Sandwich, opened Rendezvous in June of 2012. He says he loved the vibe of the street creperies in France and wanted to bring that feeling to Main Street in Hyannis. “I knew a lot about coffee already,” says Jordan, who trained as a chef in the culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University. “We serve high-end coffee from countries like Guatemala, Ethiopia and Indonesia,” he says, adding that most is Fair Trade and organic. The inside is spacious, and customers can sit at a table or relax on a comfy couch in a lounge area and watch TV. And oh, the crepes, Jordan’s specialty! He serves up sweet crepes, such as the popular Nutella version with banana or strawberry, and sandwich-style crepes like the pesto chicken. He has even opened a late-night window where customers can order from the street after-hours until 10:30 p.m. on weeknights
and midnight on weekends.

394 Main St., Hyannis, 508-827-4449

Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters

Who could go wrong with a lavender and honey latte? Now in its second year, the Snowy Owl creates traditional and specialty drinks, such as lattes and mochas, chai and matcha. Owners Manuel Ainzuain and his wife, Shayna Ferullo, built the coffee house from 200-year-old reclaimed wood which helped create a rustic, homey vibe. The couple, who had worked in fine-dining restaurants in San Francisco, moved to the Cape in 2013 to be closer to Ferullo’s family. “Coffee was something like a dream for us,” says Ainzuain, who is originally from Peru and feels a close connection with coffee. He adds that much of his coffee, roasted on-site, is sourced directly from his home country. “I love to show people and explain how it’s done,” says Ainzuain, adding that one of his favorite things about owning a coffee house is the social aspect. “I really like getting to know people—there’s a really good sense of community here.”

2624 Main St., Brewster, 774-323-0605

Three Fins Coffee Roasters

“We wanted to make it West Coast meets East Coast,” says Three Fins co-owner Catherine Bieri, who opened the shop featuring a funky, industrial vibe just this past July 1 with her husband, Ronald Reddick. The couple spent decades in the mobile phone industry and lived in numerous European countries for 13 years. “We got tired of traveling all the time, so we looked at what our passions are,” says Bieri. It came down to coffee. “We’ve been all over the globe, and a lot of people you meet, you meet in a coffee house,” she says, adding that they wanted to bring that vibe to the Cape. Roasting is done in-house, with the roaster in the middle of the shop so customers can watch the process while sipping a macchiato, a latte or a simple Americano. The menu also boasts matcha tea and chai lattes. “Right now, our biggest specialty drink is the cold brew. Plus, we do a decaf cold brew,” says Bieri.

581 Main St., West Dennis, 508-619-3372

Wired Puppy

A Provincetown landmark for more than 10 years, Wired Puppy is a great place to refuel while shopping or just exploring Commercial Street. Customers can sit back in this comfy, upbeat atmosphere while sipping a latte, cappuccino or the in-house specialty—a frozen blended Freddo, made with either mocha, caramel or white chocolate. Serving all organic coffees, including those from Costa Rica, Colombia and Ethiopia, they roast all of their coffee in-house. Customers can purchase 12-ounce bags of any of their blends, as well as coffee mugs, T-shirts and even Wired Puppy dog leashes.

379 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-0017

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