By Ryan LaRosa

Boston is home to a wide variety of specialty coffee shops and roasters. In recent years, the scene has grown across the city, with some older shops expanding to multiple locations and new shops popping up quickly. Here at Boston University, Starbucks is a mainstay, with many locations across campus. While convenient, there’s so much more to coffee than Starbucks. Whenever you have a second, take the opportunity to venture away from campus for a moment and enjoy one of Boston’s many great coffee shops.


Fuel America is a unique, patriotic coffee shop and roaster with locations in Brighton and Logan International Airport. The shop follows a motif centered around construction workers and farmers who helped build America as we know it today. The café in Brighton is highly stylized, with images of steelworkers and classic American culture. Their packaging and promotional items are designed to look like a play on 1950s gas station advertisements. This is easily one of the most different coffee brands in the Greater Boston area. Definitely give either of their cafés a try if you happen to be in Brighton or Terminal E at Logan sometime soon.


Here are a few menu items to try when you visit:


Drip coffee


Fuel definitely prides themselves in offering a delicious cup of no-nonsense drip coffee. Prices are reasonable, and there is a noticeable difference between Fuel’s earthy, sweet taste and what you would expect from Starbucks or Dunkin’.  Whether you like your coffee black or take it with cream and sugar, you’ll probably be surprised by how good Fuel’s standard drip coffee is.


The cappuccino at Fuel is excellent. It comes in an extra-large mug, meaning you get a good bang for your buck. The espresso base is noticeably sweet, just like their drip coffee, but doesn’t lack the classic espresso intensity you would expect. Fuel uses locally sourced milk from Shaw Farm Dairy in Dracut in both of their Boston shops, and it definitely shows in their steamed milk drinks. You get a real sense that the ingredients in your cup are of absolutely top quality.

Ground coffee to go

Fuel America roasts all their coffee in their Worcester roastery and packages it fresh so you can make a great tasting cup of coffee at home. They offer drip ground coffee as well as whole bean in case you want to grind your own. Their three roasts offered are regular, patriot’s blend and unleaded, which is their aptly named decaffeinated option. Fuel sells their bagged coffee at both Boston locations, in Market Basket Supermarkets across New England and on Amazon. The coffee is excellent, fairly priced and you can feel good that you are supporting a local business.