Boston Roast: New Coffee Comes to the Common
A mere five weeks after opening, Boston’s newest coffee house already has its regulars.
A mere five weeks after opening, Boston’s newest coffee house already has its regulars. Cozying up from interminable storms, customers at the European-inspired The Thinking Cup enjoy what some say is the best coffee in town, all while looking out at one of the best sights in town, the Boston Common.
The inside of the cafe, located at 165 Tremont St., just past the Loew's Theater, imparts a warm ambience; a good place to unwind, have a chat, or get some work done.
With plush leather seating bordering the brick-exposed walls and wooden tables covered in laminated newspapers and just large enough to seat two, it’s the perfect place to take yourself, or a date, especially with Valentine’s Day approaching.
“We view coffee as a culinary experience, not as a caffeine delivery experience, although you will get that as well,” Phil Roberts, head barista at The Thinking Cup, said. “Our entire approach sets us aside from our competition. It’s the whole experience that draws people in. They fall in love with the design of the space."
Roberts also competes in latté-making competitions and continues to improve his craft by studying coffee and related drinkmaking, always looking for ways to improve.
The low hum of conversation paired with the soft background music make for the perfect afternoon away from the icy weather and rush of the busy city streets. With a full bake case of pastries and foods prepared fresh every morning, and a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options, The Thinking Cup offers more than just a hot cup of coffee.
Just over a month ago, business partners Hugh Geiger and Andre Sadowski opened their establishment, which according to Geiger, was 12 months in the making.
“We strive to offer great service and hospitality,” said Geiger. “If you’re a nine-to-fiver, this isn’t the place for you.” Each member of the very friendly and helpful staff is dedicated to each patron that comes in, and is clearly reflected in the reaction from customers.
“I love the interior. The mugs are awesome and drinking from an actual porcelain cup makes me feel like I’m in my living room. I can relax here. I don’t feel rushed at all,” said Emerson College student Molly Outhouse.
“I can tell the staff is dedicated to service, and not just a sale,” said Karalyn Conolly, another student from Emerson, sharing the table with Molly.
If you’re in need of a country-inspired, culinary getaway The Thinking Cup seems to offer a superior experience to most competitors around. The new café on the block seems to be quickly becoming the most popular and for good reason.