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.
Jonquils Café & Bakery is located on Newbury Street in a space that seems to be part art gallery, part café. From the second you look in through the window, it’s easy to see that Jonquils is very focused on aesthetics. The space is beautifully designed and so are the pastries and baked goods they put out. Their website includes an entire tab called gallery to show off all of their beautiful creations. I’ll be including plenty of pictures here, as they are so important to understanding what Jonquils is all about.
The coffee comes from Gracenote, one of Boston’s best roasters, so the beans are sure to be of the highest quality and full of flavor. Jonquils has one of the most impressive lineups of brewing equipment for tea and coffee in the city. They have a cafe full of gadgets for all kinds of brewing methods. Their espresso drinks are brewed on a custom Kees van der Westen machine that is a work of art in its own right and it happens to put out great espresso.
They offer made-to-order pour overs using the Poursteady machine that brews a perfect, evenly extracted cup every time, taking the human element out of the process almost completely. If you’re into tea, this is your place, as there are a wide variety of teas coming from Rishi that are brewed on a BKON machine that brews each cup from loose leaves to order.
Aside from excellent coffees and teas, Jonquils has an extremely interesting pastry program. Lead by pastry chef Dinara Kasko the cafe has truly unique and beautiful creations put out daily. The same beautiful geometric patterns and sharp lines that style the café make their way onto the food you can eat. One of the most enticing dessert options to me was the tiramisu that is formed in the shape of a coffee bean. Whatever it is you decide to try, it will be sure to be delicious and beautiful.