Coffeehouse Chronicles: Debut!


Sup, dawgs.

I’m at DIG right now, so I can’t really focus my attention here, but I thought I would post for you my first segment of the Coffeehouse Chronicles. They were running a bit behind at DIG, so my second segment made it to the website, but not the first. So really, you guys get the original/special treatment. If you like what you read, stay tuned! I’ll also post a link to the second article of the series, and the third installment will be hopefully posted by the end of the day; I’m starting it now. Woooo!
So yeah, here ’tis:



Well, hello there.

I’m Azure;

a hot chocolate addict on the path to acquiring my taste buds to the ever popular coffee bean.

Over the recent months, I have been slowly training my mouth to accept the bitter taste of coffee… so far to no avail. However, I refuse to accept defeat and have devised a plan to force myself to drink the apparent life sustaining brew that so many swear by. Thus, I give you the Coffeehouse Chronicles.


What exactly does this entail? Well, I have compiled a list of the coffee shops/cafés/whathaveyou in the South End of Boston, and I plan on tackling one (or more, if I’m ambitious) a week and reporting my experiences back here. Once I conquer the South End, I’ll start broadening my horizons throughout Boston.

It’s a win-win situation: I start appreciating coffee more, and you all get to reap the benefits of my adventures by reading whats what.

** Note: Just because an establishment has the name “café” in it, does not mean it is the type of place that serves breakfast and coffee. I just looked up the definition of café and came up with this:

noun, plural ca·fés  [-feyz; Fr. -fey]
1.a restaurant, often with an enclosed or outdoor section extending onto the sidewalk.
2.a restaurant, usually small and unpretentious.
3.a barroom, cabaret, or nightclub.

So, in actuality, I guess a café can be an array of things.**

Example: Café that does not serve breakfast
Now, there’s a lot more variables than just yummy coffee in order for a coffeehouse to be stellar, so I’ll be talking about a multitude of factors I deem important: coffee, other drinks, atmosphere, service, price, food, cleanliness, originality, clientele and music (if applicable).

…. and without further ado, I would like to present the first contestant (not that this is a competition or anything, but…): Berkeley Perk Café.

Conveniently, Berkeley Perk Café is located at 69
Berkeley Street, which happens to be on the way
to the Dig office. I must say, it was a pretty
splendid way to start my morning. See the below
chart for rating, and even further down for
details.  o_O

  ——————-  Berkeley Perk Café
 Coffee  ***(*)
 Other Drinks Hot Chocolate **
 Atmosphere  ****
 Service  *****
 Price  $
 Food  ****
 Cleanliness  ****
 Originality  ***
 Clientele  College, Business, Family, Friend
My photography skills are lacking, but there are three drink menus: Hot, Iced and Frozen

There you have it, folks. Now, for a little explanation.
At first, I didn’t try the coffee — fail, I know — the hot chocolate was calling to me (it was okay, but a bit too milky for my taste. I prefer my hocho extra chocolatey, and this didn’t quite live up to my high standards), but eventually I went in for round two and slurped up a Café Au Lait (oohlay!). It was quite tasty, especially with the mountain of powdered cocoa and cinnamon I piled on. I also asked fellow costumers to rank the coffee from mud to liquid heaven, and the answers were in the high middle range. The people I asked also said it depended on what you ordered, and I was encouraged to try the lattes and the fairly diverse tea selection that Berkeley Perk had to offer.

The atmosphere was comfortable with seats ranging from big cozy armchairs to booths to the classic café tables.

The food and drinks also happen to be fairly cheap (in comparison to Starbucks at least), and my filling bagel sandwich was under $5. However, keep in mind: Berkeley Perk Café does not accept credit cards, cash only.


That about sums up Berkeley Perk Café. I recommend stopping in at least once, it’s most definitely worth it.


MON-FRI 6:30AM – 5PM
SAT 7:30AM – 5 PM


Well, there you have it. Like what you read? Click hurr for the second one.

Love, peace, and afrogrease. x_X


About azuremarie

Bonjour, I'm Azure; a healthy dose of eccentricity best taken with a grain of salt. Most people describe me as sassy, and I like that. I love words, and think that anyone who can twist them in their mouth and make something beautiful come out is sexy and someone with whom I want to spend my time. I read a lot (bordering on too much), and am baller at boggle. I happen to be addicted to concerts/live music, and will listen to anything that can carry a beat, and even those that don't. I believe that being normal is boring, and love bright colors. I have a soft spot for animals, particularly dogs and horses, but I am beginning to be a cat person as well. Sometimes, I will admit that I like some animals better than some people - they're great listeners and don't judge. J'adore voyager. Someday I want to be able to look at a map of the world and say "I have been there, there, and there... and there", and have a memory attached to them all. I've recently begun to work at an organic juice bar, and diet/holistic health is starting to become a main passion of mine. I want to be able to experience our world, as well as help save it. Oh, and unicorns exist.

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