Nice Coffee Chain: Pavement Coffee House
Pavement is a good, solid coffee shop/cafe (with three locations in the Back Bay: one on Gainsborough, one on Boylston and one on Newbury). It's not Boston's best coffee, but it's Boston's best coffee chain.
|Espresso: Ristretto! Not too bitter, somewhat flavorful, pairs nicely with sweet pastries|
|A board announcing the current coffee and espresso is a reliable sign of a good coffee shop.|
|Small Americano - The americanos here have this nice little molassesy flavor I really enjoy, almost like the flavors from a good coffee stout.|
|Almond Cinnamon Square "Croissant" - The pastry part was soft, dense and sweet like tart dough. I found the whole thing a bit too sweet, which means the average person would love it. The textures were very nice.|
Chocolate Coconut Scone: Meh, heavy, just an excuse for flour and sugar and chocolate, clumsily made
They heated my chocolate croissant! Really good, though no better than Trader Joe's and certainly not as freshly out of the oven, even heated.
At Pavement you get an hour of free wifi a day and after that it's $5 for an hour.