Boston, MA 2.15

I recently had the pleasure of a wonderful conversation with an old friend (and a delicious cappuccino) at the new Caffè Nero location in Jamaica Plain a few months back. I was so impressed by the quality of the cafe and the service that when the staff contacted me to have a chat and feature an editorial piece on this new favorite local spot, I couldn't turn it down.

Caffè Nero models itself after the high street cafes found in Europe, an eclectic and artistic atmosphere that serves as a gathering place for the local residents, artists, and families. Using both authentic elements such as reclaimed wood and original brick walls as well as New England sourced antique furniture and imported European light fixtures, the design is inviting as well as contemporary, a large scale coffeehouse designed for comfort. One of the best elements, in my opinion is the "library", where patrons are encouraged to find a good read from the floor-to-ceiling shelves. Once you've got your freshly pressed sandwich and your hot cup of espresso, you can kick back next to the cozy fireplace and stay as long as you like.

Committed to their mission to become neighborhood treasure, Caffè Nero features local products and businesses in their offerings, such as Massachusetts' own High Lawn Dairy as well as offering vegetarian and gluten free options. One of the biggest draws for the Jamaica Plain community is the establishment's commitment to the prominent local arts scene. Caffè Nero keeps an entire wall open for contemporary artists to display their pieces, and plans for a possible open mic night are in the works.

Maura O'DonnellComment