Readers vote for the best of New Bedford MA
National Coffee Day is September 29. But do you know how it was first discovered?
No one knows exactly how coffee was first invented. An Ethiopian legend recalls the birth of coffee in the âancient coffee forestâ of the Ethiopian plateau. Goat farmer Kaldi discovered the beans after sharing berries from a tree with his goat and he became so energetic he couldn’t sleep.
The best cheeseburger in the SouthCoast area? Here are the winners, according to our readers
Kaldi reported his findings to a local monastery, and the abbot decided to make a drink from the berries which kept him alert for evening prayer. He shared the discovery with other monks, spreading the news throughout the village.
The news spread to the Arabian Peninsula which then led to the global phenomenon.
In honor of National Coffee Day, SouthCoast Today invited readers to vote in an online poll listing the most popular places to order a cup of coffee. Here’s how our readers voted:
N Â° 1: The Baker (New Bedford)
Since December 2016, owner and head baker Brandon Roderick has been serving up fresh artisanal pastries, breads, sandwiches and coffee at Baker on Pleasant.
New Bedford’s downtown cafe offers latte, chai latte, espresso, mocha, cappuccino, iced coffee, americano, and cold nitro brew. The baker gets his beans from Speedwell Coffee in Plymouth, MA.
Comfort food? Here’s what people ordered the most from SouthCoast restaurants in 2020
âOne of the great gems of downtown New Bedford,â wrote Jonathan Pacheco in a testimonial. “Amazing artisan bakery, great coffee and great breakfast sandwiches. Get there early!”
N Â° 2: The corner (Fairhaven)
Open since July 2016, The Nook at 58 Washington Street offers a cold brew that contains four times the caffeine in a regular cup, according to a previous Standard-Times interview.
Inside is a huge counter filled with homemade sweet and savory treats. There is also a mini arcade game, electric guitars mounted on the orange colored walls and shelves with iconic minifigures such as Gizmo from “Gremlins”.
The roast is purchased from a buyer in Tiverton, RI, which imports from Indonesia, Ethiopia and other countries around the world, owner Paul Menard said in the 2017 interview.
New fWell: Fairhaven native thinks his town now has something he was missing
Plus, there are also several fun drink concoctions such as “Pain Killer,” which is a cold-pressed espresso with dry espresso crystals and a non-daily sweet creme powder.
On September 10, due to an increase in the cost of ingredients, The Nook shared on their social media that they were changing some of their prices. One woman wrote in the post, “I’m not lying when I tell you you’re the BEST COFFEE SHOP IN SOUTH-CTE. I’ll gladly pay the extra 50 cents.”
# 3: Dunkin Donuts (various locations)
Believe it or not, the third highest poll score was Dunkin Donuts coffee. The first Dunkin, originally called “Open Kettle”, opened in Quincy in 1948. Founder William Rosenberg renamed the store “Dunkin ‘Donuts” in 1950. The goal was to “brew and serve coffee and the freshest, most delicious donuts quickly and courteously in modern, well-marketed stores, âthe official website said.
Dunkin uses 100% Arabica coffee beans and has its own coffee specifications, which are ground and processed specifically for the company. The donut chain offers several different coffee options such as colada coffee and frozen coffee.
In 2020, Ben Affleck became Dunkin Donuts’ “unofficial influencer” after paparazzi observed him with Dunkin coffee in hand in several photos. “It’s amazing! I have Dunkin ‘Donuts every day,” Affleck told Collider when the company announced its West Coast expansion.
âIt’s very weird, I have it every day and people always say, ‘Where is it? It’s near here ? Suddenly, I feel like I am spreading the word.
But the SouthCoast is home to so many other great cafes. Here are a few more that garnered votes even though they failed to make the top three.
Green Bean, New Bedford
Located at 740 Purchase Street, The Green Bean offers locally roasted coffee beans from Coastal Roasters, as well as organic tea, smoothies, fresh juices, fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and lunch.
Mirasol’s, Cafe, Dartmouth
Located at 439 State Road, Dartmouth, Mirasol’s, a Latin American style cafe and sandwich shop about a mile from UMass Dartmouth. is home to the famous Chippi, which a previous article described tasting “like melted ice cream with a hit of caffeine.”
Tia Maria’s European Cafe, New Bedford
Located at 42 North Water St., Tia Maria’s had completed a renovation just before the pandemic. It’s an espresso favorite and who can resist a pastel de nata?
Java Hut, Dartmouth
Located at 360 Faunce Corner Road, Java Shack describes itself as an upscale cafe offering Fair Trade Certified Organic Coffee, with Nitro Cold Brew on tap, but it also offers fresh pastries, sandwiches and more.
Gray’s Daily Grind, Westport
Located at 638 Adamsville Road, Gray’s Daily Grind says it brews premium organic, freshly roasted coffee using local spring water. The house special is called “The Mind Grind” and offers “a real boost”. Plus, they have fresh, locally made pastries, including a range of gluten-free and vegan dishes and pastries.
Starbucks, multiple locations
What can we say? Like Dunkin ‘, he’s a reliable old man. And New Bedford is about to have its first Starbucks.
Standard-Times team writer Seth Chitwood can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on twitter: @ChitwoodReports. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Standard-Times today.