Thinking Cup Coffee Shop – Boston
My good friend J and I met up in Boston this past May for a weekend of much-needed girl bonding. Having been away from Boston for several years, we were curious to see how the city had changed and developed.
After hours on the bus/train, we were famished. Time to make a beeline for Thinking Cup!
When I glanced at Thinking Cup’s website, I read that it is “the first coffee shop in Downtown Boston to serve Stumptown Coffee exclusively.” I was intrigued.
The Tremont Street location near the Boston Commons is right off the Park Street T stop. It tends to attract the hipster college crowd. Thinking Cup is also located in the Italian-influenced North End, and on Newbury Street, a popular shopping haven in the Back Bay.
My hazelnut latte was made with fresh roasted hazelnut paste, which gave it a gritty, raw taste. Love the latte art! J had an iced coffee. The tables are lined with old newspapers as placemats. Makes for novel reading material.
Although I still think fondly of my Spanish lattes, rooibos lattes and yummy bagel sandwiches at the now-defunct Espresso Royale, Thinking Cup isn’t half bad. Besides coffee and breakfast and lunch sandwiches, the menu also includes tea, pastries and the like.
Besides the coffee, the food is excellent as well. After I bit into the Roasted Chicken sandwich, I was a convert! It had all my preferred fixin’s: buttermilk marinated chicken tenders, havarti cheese, roasted wild mushrooms, vine-ripe tomato, romaine lettuce, and sweet ‘n’ spicy mustard pressed on multigrain bread. I gobbled that one down like nobody’s business.
I can’t remember why I didn’t get the Jittery Hen, but it will definitely be one to order next time around. Consider: coffee-braised chicken on sourdough bread with smoked gruyere, pickles and house-made barbecue sauce. Are you salivating yet?
I liked Thinking Cup enough to come back for seconds! On our last day, I raced back to the coffee shop for a sandwich to enjoy on my train ride back. I settled on the Barcelona Bliss: Spanish cured dry chorizo, Aged manchego cheese, roasted garlic aioli and green olive spread on a crusty French roll. I think the bread and garlic really made this sandwich a winner. Although I’m generally not a big fan of sausage since it’s salty to me, this was pretty near bliss. 🙂
Now I know where to go for coffee and sandwiches: Score!
Properly stuffed, I hopped on the train back to New York City, gazing at the sun as day turned to dusk. Until next time, Boston!
165 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111