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 and enjoy one of Boston’s many great coffee shops.
Open for about a year now Café SuSu is a small, welcoming café located underneath the Suit Supply on Newbury Street. Serving up a wide array of coffee, tea, beer, wine and cocktails, the café offers up something for any time of day. They also offer some small food items, primarily pastries and croissant sandwiches.
The space is extremely inviting and vibrant, with the main theme being green leaves and vegetation. There’s comfortable bench seating, armchairs and a beautifully decorated bar. Shades of green tie the small room together. Instagrammable is the word that comes to mind when I think of the Café SuSu décor. The staff are extremely friendly and very willing to help. Inexplicably, the café has received very little attention from the press.
For most of the day, coffee is the star of the show at Café SuSu. They use beans from well-known roaster La Colombe, ensuring every cup served up is sure to please. The café offers a full slate of espresso drinks, from cortados to lattes. Two beautiful espresso machine built into the bar ensure quality espresso can shine through in every drink. I personally found their espresso to be exceptional. Café SuSu serves up each coffee with all the right details to enhance your experience, like a gold spoon and a cookie to accompany your drink.
The café offers a full tea menu as well, brewing from a wide selection of loose leaf teas and serving in clear personal teapots. Matcha also seems to be a popular item. In the time I was there I saw quite a few green beverages head out the door. As with seemingly everything at the café, the matcha is done the right way, using a traditional bamboo whisk and sieve, all done to order.
The food offerings are few, but all enticing. The afternoon I visited, there were cheddar scones and ham and cheese croissants. I’d wager earlier in the day the options would be more plentiful.
Café SuSu also offers a full array of cocktails, beer and wine as well, should you visit later in the day and be looking for something other than coffee or tea. The café is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Sunday where hours are 12 to 6 p.m.
Café SuSu is a tremendously relaxing, enjoyable experience and I highly recommend it. After a long morning of walking or shopping on Newbury, I couldn’t imagine a better place to stop in and unwind for a while. The space is inviting and comfortable and you can even watch the tailors of the upstairs Suit Supply go about sewing suits through large glass windows at the back of the café. If you have the chance, stop in and treat yourself.