Before Starbucks beans the competition, try these neighborhood spots
In a city that perks with four major coffee houses, there is a real difference between the coffee varieties and delicacies offered by these well-known, neighborhood businesses, that are probably more than a little nervous that the country’s biggest bucks coffee-house vendor — Starbucks – will soon be opening its doors in Worcester
Before settling into Starbucks, try these four independently run places where you can feed your caffeine addiction in style; Java Hut, The Bean Counter, Café Dolce and The Kingdom.
The Java Hut, which is located on Main Street, has a lot to offer. There are a wide variety of coffee features — not only a house blend, but also a decaf and a feature of the week. Along with the infamous Psycho Blast, smoothies, steamers, chai’s, teas, you can also find bagels, supreme deli sandwiches, homemade soups and desserts. The Hut also offers live entertainment. Every month there are different singers, artists and performers that take the stage.
The Bean Counter offers a variety of coffee as well as cappuccinos, steamers, juices and frozen drinks. Along with a menu that is available for catering and take out, there is a different side to this popular coffee spot. Along with an eclectic menu, The Bean Counter also offers vegetarian and vegan desserts. Located on Highland Street, The Bean Counter sits right in the middle of one of the city’s busiest college communities.
If you are looking for more of an upscale coffee house with individual tables and wait staff, Café Dolce on Shrewsbury Street is the place to be. Serving up imported and flavored coffees, as well as twenty dessert choices and liquor and wine, Dolce offers a unique atmosphere for true coffee drinkers.
In a sort of renaissance setting, The Kingdom, located on Richmond Ave, is a quaint spot in Worcester’s Tatnuck area. Offering gourmet coffees and drinks as well, this coffeehouse offers chessboard tables and sporadic entertainment throughout the months. When it gets warmer, the outdoor seating is perfect for an early morning or late afternoon cup of java.
So even though City Hall got all steamed up with the news that Starbucks is coming to town, don’t forget the four fabulous coffee houses that Worcester already has to offer! Starbucks is sure to be good, but many of the city’s java lovers are comfortable with neighborhood spots that have been delivering good beans for years.