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.
You may have noticed quite a few Peet’s Coffee locations popping up all across Boston in the last few years. A couple locations close to campus are in Coolidge Corner and on Boylston Street, across from the Prudential Center. Both offer a full menu of coffee and tea, as well as a slew of baked goods. Some locations share a space with Capital One bank, but don’t let this fool you, there is some serious coffee to be had from Peet’s.
Hailing from Berkeley, California, Peet’s helped begin the craft coffee movement way back in 1966. The company was founded by Alfred Peet, who grew up in the Netherlands where his father ran a coffee roasting and wholesale company. Now that it has grown into a national chain, people all across the country get to enjoy some of Peet’s famous roasts. Peet’s is partially responsible for the new wave of coffee shops and roasters that have begun springing up in major metropolitan areas across the country.
For years now, Peet’s has been the premium, whole bean, fresher option at groceries stores — even the most casual of coffee drinkers enjoy it over more common brands. Even so many years after bringing higher quality coffee into people’s lives, Peet’s still has some unique and delicious offerings you should try out.
Major Dickason’s Blend
Give this classic dark roast coffee a try in traditional drip coffee form and you will not be disappointed. The focus for Peet’s is definitely on their roasts. They are really a roastery first and a coffee shop chain second. They take great pride in their coffee beans and it shows. They are one of the few major brands available in grocery stores that features a roasted on date, letting you know how fresh your coffee is. Major Dickason’s is one of Peet’s flagship roasts, with a dark, deeply roasted character that is very flavorful when black but can take cream and sugar quite well. Try this one in store or grab a bag of beans and take them home to enjoy during your daily routine.
Peet’s has some pretty solid muffins. As far as I am aware, they have a rotating selection, but it seems that classics like blueberry and chocolate chip are usually around. They have a nice, crisp top and a moist, soft center, exactly how a muffin should be. They’re perfectly sweet and pair with some of Peet’s darker roasts perfectly.
I believe Peet’s has some of the better cold brew out there. It’s dark without being bitter, packs a ton of flavor and seems to be very fresh. Cold brew should be smooth and flavorful with very little acidity that traditional iced coffee tends to have — and Peet’s checks all those boxes. It’s the perfect drink for a warm summer day or a blizzard if you like cold brew while it’s cold outside. There’s definitely a dedication to quality coffee at Peet’s regardless of the product you choose.