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7 Places to Get Coffee in Southie

In celebration of National Coffee Day – September 29th, here’s a roundup of our favorite spots to get a little caffeine in Southie!  Word on the street is Coppersmith is giving away a free cup of coffee in celebration of National Coffee Day! Coppersmith’s coffee pairs well with their freshly-baked pastries, Açaí bowls, smoothies or gourmet breakfast sandwiches. Cafe opens at 7am!  Free small cup of hot or iced coffee while supplies last!

With one of the best roof decks in the neighborhood, Coppersmith also has a wildly popular cafe open for breakfast and lunch!  Proudly serving the local family-owned Blue Fire Coffee Roasters, which provides the highest quality coffee, while supporting the principles of sustainability and transparency in the coffee supply chain, from crop to cup, Coppersmith is the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or pick one up to go!  In addition to coffee, Coppersmith also offers smoothies, salads, soups and sandwiches!

Java House
The Java House is a neighborhood favorite amongst Southie veterans and newbies as well.  Located next to the bowling alley on East Broadway, this small coffee shop does the trick offering a variety of iced and hot coffees.  Entering Java House your senses become engulfed by the smell of freshly brewed coffee and delicious muffins baking in the oven.  Pair one of their infamous sticky buns with a snickerdoodle coffee and start your day off on the right foot.  The friendly staff and coffee gurus only add to the Java House experience.  Although Java House is cash only, you won’t regret the quick trip to the ATM. The Java House is located on 566 East Broadway.

Caffe Nero:
Southie’s newest addition in the coffee scene, this new spacious Italian cafe has comfy couches and chairs to sit at and sip coffee! Featuring breakfast and lunch, Caffe Nero offers everything from muffins and scones, delicious salads and sandwiches and coffee! For a full menu visit here!

Cafe Arpeggio:
Cafe Arpeggio are coffee experts.  Brewing up micro-roasted blends of coffee from french roast to Sumatran to flavored coffee like snickerdoodle and hazelnut, Cafe Arpeggio knows coffee.  They also have delicious homemade muffins and a full menu of sandwiches, healthy wraps and salads. Save room for ice cream – Cafe Arpeggio makes their own and offeres up 103 lavors with weekly rotations of 15 including everthing from vanilla to raspberry chocolate truffle. Located at 398 West Broadway, Cafe Arpeggio is open 7 days a week.

PS Gourmet:
Perfect way to defeat those miserable Mondays?  PS Gourmet.  This small coffee shop, located on the corner of Dorchester Street and East Broadway, has quickly built a substantial Southie fan base, and for very good reason.  Home of the famous bucket, PS offers an abundance of equally delicious flavored coffees and with no syrup added.  It’s all in the beans!  Some of their favorites include snickerdoodle, swirl (a combo of hazelnut and french vanilla), bananas foster, and of course, the PS Special.  This desert-like special is a mix of cinnamon hazelnut and toasted almond coffee with whipped cream, and any additional ingredients requested.  Each coffee is blasting with flavor, but with just a touch of sweetness.  PS Gourmet is located on 104 Dorchester Street.

American Provisions:
Located right at the corner of I and Broadway, American Provisions is home of some of South Boston’s best organic coffee, selected artisan cheese, charcuterie, specialty foods, delicious deli sandwiches and an amazing selection of local craft beers and wines . As one of South Boston’s favorite spots, American Provisions offers Flat Black Coffee – roasted in Dorchester. American Provisions gourmet organic house blend coffees are a great pick-me-ups for your commute to work, or maybe a leisurely stroll on Castle Island.  American Provisions also cold brews their iced coffee- allowing for an iced brew that isn’t acidic, bitter or burnt!  This Best of Boston winner aims to please and does just that with their friendly and knowledgeable staff, ecclectic selection of farm to table products, and plenty of items to surprise and delight.

Cranberry Cafe:
Established in 1996 by the multi-talented owner, Cathe Walsh, (she cooks AND bakes), the Cranberry Cafe is a Southie favorite for anything and everything delicious.  When it comes to getting your daily caffeine fix, the menu offers up to ten different flavors of freshly brewed coffee, and to-die-for frozen drinks, including the Oreo Blast.  Perfect for a scorching summer day, this tasty treat is a combo of cappucino mix, chocolate sauce, oreos and ice, all blended together to create a savory sweet confection.   Grab a pound of flavored or house blend coffee for $12 or under, and enjoy the Cranberry taste in the comfort of your own home.  Taking a break from caffeine?  Enjoy one of the cafe’s Rasberry Lime Rickeys, or even a freshly brewed pomegranate tea that will surely satisfy your taste buds.

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  1. Kerry says

    Joseph’s iced white chocolate chip iced coffee beats all of the above in my opinion  🙂

    I’ve lived in southie for 5 years now and still go to Joseph’s every morning!

  2. Modern Citizen says

    It would be real nice if a few of these places modified and updated their business practices to the 21st century – running a cash only business is not only inconvenient,  and slightly inconsiderate, but reeks of illegal and dishonest accounting and tax practices — enoughs enough – Dunkins at the end of West Broadway will get my business until these places modify their practices — no I dont want to run to an ATM and get hit with a $2-3 dollar service charge – allow me to use my ATM/Debit/Credit card, and you will be better served in the long run

  3. Allie says

    Was going to comment the same thing and couldn’t have said it better. There are a whole host of credit card services for small businesses. Have your employees slap a Square reader on an iPhone at the counter if you can’t manage to get a real credit card system in place. Three of the seven places on here are cash only, and Cafe Arpeggio has a $10 minimum. Real conducive to a cup of coffee. I love me some PS Gourmet, but I also get paid via direct deposit like probably half the Southie population. Get it together!

  4. Anonymous says

    I used to do the sidewalk coffee zombie wait, but that got old and you can’t use a credit card for coffee. Also every other cup is Luke warm – no bueno for my dinero. Bailey’s is so overpriced it’s like getting robbed with a smile, but I still appreciate the smiley face lid on very rare occasions. Joseph’s somewhat recent expansion of their coffee selections I feel are the best if you like a flavored cup of Joe – big fan and their muffins… Yum. Cranberry Cafe had me for a little while because the flavor was good, but the coffee just didn’t stay warm enough to reach the end of the block, but that fiery red head sure is cute (not sure if she still works there). Can’t comment on the west side cafes as I’m an East-sider, but I hear a Dunks may make an appearance on L Street in 2014 (still not sure how I feel about that). But for now Cumby’s wins the coffee wars for a daily dose, hot, fresh, credit card payable and a great value.
  5. Anonymous says

    Maybe the business owners don’t want to get charged 30 cents for your $2 coffee. Ever notice how long it takes to use a debit card espically the ones that get worn out and takes a few swipes to work? Then you have to sign it and makes an even longer line and more of a wait for people who have cash ready to go. The business owners have decided they don’t want your business if you can’t dig through your pocket to find $2-3. Sound like two idiots who can’t use their EBT card or two Yuppies who bring their debit card to the bar, swipe it for one drink and then close out their tab. Guess what? Every Bartender hates you.

  6. Yuppie says

    Now using a debit card is a yuppie move? How about walking or breathing? For yuppies only?
  7. Joseph says

    PS Gormet Coffee.  The all time best anywhere.  Best variety, best flavor, best service. People walk many MANY blocks to get ‘The Bucket’ and it’s well worth it…

  8. Anonymous says

    If you know you’re buying your coffee each day from a place that only takes cash, walk your lazy A_ _ to the ATM on Sunday and take cash out for it.  It’s not rocket science!

  9. Anonymous says

    Quick note on PS Gormet.. Rainforest, Ugly Iguana, Irish Mist? Not sure what to expect with these flavor names. Their breakfast sandwiches are however, the bomb. 

  10. Anonymous says

    Oh ya let’s attack the yuppies. Get over it. How about you start to get to know us before you judge us. I’m a bad person because I want to use a debit card with my hard earned money? My parents are blue collar and did everything they could to get me through college so I could have a better life. I have worked hard for every penny I earned and don’t have mom and dad paying my rent so stop judging. I don’t assume you are trash because you are a local.

    Also owners of Java house are scum.

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