Berkshires Coffee Crawl

Anne and I needed to relax a bit this weekend, so we rented a car and headed up to Western Massachusetts for some family time and a tour of area coffee shops.

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we drove through Manhattan first, because, I suppose, we wanted to be at the highest level of stress possible. Actually, we stopped at Joe on the way out of town.

So off we went towards Greenfield, MA, stopping on the way at Amherst Coffee in, of all places, Amherst, MA, a small town achored by UMass. Amherst Coffee was beautiful, and in addition to superb coffee and pastries, included a wine bar with sandwiches for the evenings.

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Anne had a macchiatto, and I had a latte and a fried, twisted cinnamon thing which I inhaled, and as you can perhaps see below, I started eating it before remembering to take a picture.

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On Monday we drove over to Pittsfield to visit Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, owned by former Joe barista Jessica Rufo. Jess’s shop is warm and comfortable, a place I’d like to spend an afternoon. And we did!

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We spent an hour or two chatting with Jess, who took us on a tour of the place and made us a bunch of coffee. She shared some of the trials and tribulations of starting her own business and showed us her battle wounds – a new one-eyebrow-raised wrinkle. Despite the wounds of opening the shop, clearly she’s happy and doing good things in Pittsfield, and we hope her shop helps revitalize the otherwise sleepy town!The next morning we brought fresh donuts with us to Barrington Coffee Roasters, the roaster for Joe the Art of Coffee as well as every other coffee shop we went to this weekend. Properly armed, we spent the morning picking the brains of Barth, Gregg, and the staff.  While Anne had been there before, it was my first time, so Barth took us on a tour of the roastery, and showed us some of the projects he’s working on. Some of the things? A new espresso blend, a new micro-lot out of Haiti, and a traditional Mocha-Java blend. He also bundled up a new Kenya AA blend he’d been working on for us – it’s delicious!

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I want to roast coffee.

After our visit at Barrington, we headed down the road to Lenox to visit Gregg’s shop. 15 years and going strong, Lenox coffee is an awesome little shop that’s simply making great cups of coffee. While Gregg may be the less talkative partner at Barrington, it’s clear that he’s dedicated to making excellent coffee for anyone who wants to take it – from a cup to a hundred pounds of beans.

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~ by neoney on January 10, 2008.

One Response to “Berkshires Coffee Crawl”

  1. […] while she went on her first vacation since the cafe opened (in winter ‘07, and we visited in January ‘08). We definitely thought it was deserved, and we were especially ok with us when she left Matt to […]

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