Not one, not two, but three new coffee shops have popped up within three months of each other in downtown Edgartown. These new kids on the block have taken a cup of joe to a whole new level, creating their own house blends, brewing with advanced technology, and zeroing in on nuances of flavor. All three share their love of coffee, but each has a different personality and offers goods beyond caffeine.
Coffee Culture in Nevin Square opened its doors on July 4. This progressive coffee shop is brought to you by John Clift and Sara Webber, owners of Vintage M.V. Wine & Spirits next door. The two shops have separate entrances but are connected by an open window, giving patrons a peek inside the neighboring store. With a streamlined menu, this coffee bar offers 10 drinks that are prepared “the best possible way and the best possible quality,” claimed Mr. Clift.
Coffee Culture created its own blend from Counter Culture Coffee, using beans from El Salvador and Ethiopia. According to Mr. Clift, the taste is fruit-driven with a natural sweetness. “People should taste it in its purest form before adding sugar,” recommends Mr. Cliff. In addition to hot and cold beverages, there is a daily selection of baked goods including muffins, scones, bagels, and baguettes. For more information, call the store at 774-549-9287.
Tocco Puro (“pure touch” in Italian) located next to sister business Pure Touch Salon at the Harborside Inn in Edgartown, opened in May. Owners Jay and Mindy Kirwin (who also own the salon) created this small Italian-inspired café where each cup of coffee is made to order using their house blend from Ethiopia.
Coffee beans for sale are available from 20 different countries with five different roasts. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or pastries to go. Breakfast options include breakfast burritos and croissant sandwiches, while lunch can be a salad or sandwich. Try The Buddha: a ham, prosciutto, salami, lettuce, tomato, red onion, olive oil, and provolone sandwich; or the Mr. Miyagi salad made with chicken, cucumbers, watercress, lettuce, tomato, and ginger miso.
Pastries range from Italian cookies and scones to tarts and cupcakes. In addition to coffee inspired drinks, Tocco Puro serves bubble tea, made with organic tapioca balls, which can be added to iced teas as well as coffee. By the end of the summer, Mr. Kirwin hopes to offer snow ice, a cold and creamy Taiwanese dessert similar to gelato. For more information, call 774-549-9351.
Behind the Bookstore
Behind the Bookstore (BTB), tucked behind Edgartown Books on Main Street, is a small coffee bar with a big selection of coffee and homemade treats. This secret spot has a tranquil outdoor seating area with a fountain surrounding tables and chairs, shaded by a large sail hung from the trees.
BTB brews Intelligentsia Coffee, a direct trade coffee, in which the producer has a direct relationship with the farmer. Flavor profiles range from chocolately to citrus, with different blends available for purchase.
The house blend is a combination of beans from Honduras, Costa Rica, and El Salvador and is used in featured drinks such as the btbama, a combination of espresso, milk, and grapefruit zest shaken with a Boston shaker to create a frothy drink.
“Mr. President, we would like you to come try our drink made especially for you,” invited Rachel Fox, baker at BTB. Daily baked goods range from pistachio and maple coffee cake to bacon date scones. Ms. Fox hopes to incorporate gluten-free items into the mix, including gluten-free granola and quiche. BTB has prepared salads from the Katama General Store and a variety of cold pressed juices made with organic produce using a hydraulic cold press. Try the Green One, made with a blend of vegetables, or the Roots Juice made with carrots, ginger, and beets. For the early risers, enjoy a cup of coffee for $1 between 6:30 and 7:30 am. For more information, call them at 774-549-9278.
Next time you are in Edgartown, grab a bottle of wine at Vintage MV Wine & Spirits and walk next door for an espresso at Coffee Culture; book a manicure or pedicure at Pure Touch Salon and enjoy an iced coffee from Tocco Puro; or peruse the shelves at Edgartown Books and find a summer read to flip through while sitting in the shade enjoying a btbama at BTB.
Espresso: A concentrated, thicker form of coffee made by forcing pressurized hot water through finely ground coffee beans.
Cappuccino: Espresso, steamed milk, and tons of foam.
Latte: Espresso, tons of steamed milk, and foam.
Americano: Espresso and hot water.
Mocha: Espresso, chocolate syrup, and steamed milk. Often served with whipped cream.
Macchiato: Espresso with foam.
Cortado: Espresso with a small amount of steamed milk.
Chai Latte: Spiced tea with steamed milk and foam.