One of the times we visited Boston, we were on our way somewhere nearby real quick, but wanted a cup of coffee before dropping by. We wanted something close enough that we didn’t have to rush to finish it and good enough that the reviews for it were glowing. We decided to go to Caffe’ Nero after reading some of the reviews for it to get our fix. Before we get into what we thought, let’s get into the history of the coffee shop and where the name comes from.
About Caffe’ Nero
Caffe’ Nero is a coffee shop that prides itself on being a “home away from home.” According to their website, they even intentionally designed their spaces so that it “radiates comfort, relaxation, and warmth.” There is more than one location and each location is said to be inspired by the street markets of places like Belgium, France, and Holland.
With it’s origin beginning over twenty years ago, they’ve had quite a few years to perfect the taste of their coffee. According to their website, the owner and creator, Gerry Ford developed Caffe’ Nero because he desired to create a coffee shop similar to those that you’d see in the coffee capital of the world, Italy. They write, “armed with a passion for coffee, he had a vision to create traditional Italian cafés across Europe; places that would serve very high quality coffee and serve as neighborhood meeting spots.”
They work directly with farmers to get their beans, who they note on their website they ensure that reward fairly. They do this not only because they believe in the importance of an ethical approach to sourcing their coffee, but because they also feel it is important to know where, what, and who is making the product. It’s always nice when companies take this seriously and try to make sure that the product they’re putting out has been produced ethically.
ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT:
After researching their company, I can certainly see the influences they say inspired them according to their website. It’s a cozy environment with warm tones, cozy leather sofas, wood, and black accents. The location where we visited had a lot of seating space, which would make for a nice meeting area for interviews or even a nice space to get some work done. The exposed beams juxtaposed with lighter woods makes the space feel comfortable, warm, and yet stylish at the same time.
Oh, and the wood counters with the black marble countertops? A combination I wasn’t sure before seeing it that I would love as much as I did when I saw it being utilized in this space. It definitely makes me interested in seeing what their other spaces look like post-pandemic when we eat inside. It looks like a great place to get work done or spend time with loved ones over a delicious cup of coffee.
Speaking of coffee…
ABOUT THE COFFEE:
We both got Mocha Lattes, his with whole milk and mine with oat, but both we really enjoyed. The coffee was smooth and didn’t taste tart or super acidic, but it also didn’t lack the coffee flavor we know and love. It was so good that I almost wanted to go back and get another one afterward because it was that delicious. It’s definitely a coffee shop I would recommend trying if you’re ever in the area and looking for something good to drink. We’re looking forward to going back here again the next time we’re able to visit the area.
Have you ever tried Caffe Nero? What did you think?