After entering Toccopuro in Oak Bluffs, I was mesmerized by the myriad of drip coffeemakers, cold brew machines, colorful syrup dispensers, and a massive turquoise espresso machine. The espresso machine and other coffee apparatuses, with their twisting tubes and bubbling beakers, coordinated perfectly with the wallpaper and hanging decor, making the shop look like the laboratory of a mad scientist who dabbles in interior decorating.
Let me assure you the cashier and barista, Chad, was no mad scientist, but he was very passionate about his work. I asked him which sandwich stands out on the menu, and he said the Buddha ($9.95) with turkey, salami, ham, tomato, lettuce, red onion, Swiss cheese, and olive oil was a must-try. He also suggested the Emerald Pearl ($9.50) with grilled chicken, mozzarella, tomato, and pesto. I chose the Emerald Pearl, and was very happy with my decision.
Our photo editor, Gabrielle Mannino, also wanted to see what Toccopuro had to offer. She chose an item from the breakfast menu (available all day long) — Rita’s Wrap ($5.50) with spinach, two eggs, and packed with feta, and she added bacon for $1.
It was a pretty warm day, so we figured what better way to lower the core body temperature than with some ice-cold beverages?
My eyes landed on the refreshing and chewy sensation that’s sweeping the nation, bubble tea. This tea is filled with tiny balls of tapioca and accompanied by a giant straw to slurp the bubbles up. Doesn’t sound appetizing? Don’t knock it until you try it. Mango ended up being my final choice, and Gabrielle decided to go with the Sunrise smoothie blended with mango, banana, pineapple, and orange juice. So refreshing!
One great thing about Toccopuro is its proximity to all the great shopping and recreation available in downtown Oak Bluffs. We took advantage of nearby Ocean Park and had a little picnic.
Before taking my first bite, I had to marvel at the dark and beautiful color of the fresh pesto inside the sandwich. Some sandwiches have pesto that is light, almost lime-green in color. It was easy to tell this pesto was on a different level. Upon first bite, the taste of pine nuts, fresh basil, and robust Parmigiano Reggiano jumped out. And the grilled chicken was very lean — cooked perfectly, with no chewy spots or burned edges. The white bread was toasted so that it was crispy and brown on the outside, while still remaining warm and soft on the inside.
This was no ordinary coffee shop throw-together sandwich; this bad boy was made with love.
The mozzarella was fresh and juicy — a great complement to the bright red tomatoes and forest-green pesto. This was a colorful sandwich.
My bubble tea took the edge off the hot day; the mango flavor was light and refreshing, and the squishy bubbles of tapioca were tasty and fun to enjoy.
If you live closer to Edgartown and don’t want to make the trek over to Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs, don’t fret. Toccopuro’s original location is situated on South Water Street in downtown Edgartown, so head on over and check out their extensive selection.
Toccopuro Coffee, 3 South Water St., Edgartown, 774-549-9351, and 45 Circuit Ave., Oak Bluffs, 508-338-2463.