The Search For the Best Local Coffee

Story by Emma DeLaRosa, Staff Writer/Co-Editor

As someone who has become dependent on caffeine, it has become my mission to find the best coffee in the local area. While I could go to a chain such as Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, these establishments lack a unique personality that only a local business could possess. Some coffee shops in the area with their own distinguishable vibe include Green Marble Coffeehouse, Social, Indulge, and Dave’s Coffee.

Green Marble Coffeehouse:

Green Marble may look like another hole in the wall, but it is a hidden gem. I typically order either one of the coffee roasts they rotate through daily (my favorite being the Columbian French Roast) or a Cappuccino, and a bagel to eat. Green Marble is the place to go if you are looking for a quick cup of coffee, because of its convenient location in the heart of Downtown Mystic and the quality of the coffee. I find it very important that my coffee is strong and does not taste over-roasted and Green Marble perfectly satisfies my needs. Even better than the coffee, Green Marble has some of the best bagels I’ve had in the area.

Social:

When it comes to the aesthetic of local coffee shops, Social is the winner (after all, it was the location for Hallmark film “Holiday For Heroes”). The theme is a pristine black and white with coffee beans and pastries on display. As for their coffee, I always order a Cappuccino because they truly make some of the best I’ve ever had. The most distinctive part of a Cappuccino is the foam on top and Social’s is better than any other. When I think of going to Social, I think of going to sit down and enjoy my drink, as opposed to other places where I simply go to get my caffeine fix and go.

Indulge:

In comparison to the other coffee shops in the area, there isn’t much that stands out about Indulge. With that being said, it is still the perfect place to meet up with a friend because of the warm atmosphere and variety of seating. The coffee is decently good, but does not hold a torch to the tastes of Green Marble or Social. Indulge should be better recognized for its sandwiches and specialty drinks, such as the London Fog, a latte made with Earl Grey tea, steamed milk, vanilla, and sometimes lavender. All in all, Indulge is good, but not as good as the other coffee in the area.

Dave’s Coffee:

Dave’s Coffee may not be as local as the other coffee shops, because the closest one is in Charlestown and the only other one is in Providence; however, it is worth it. When I went to Dave’s I ordered a cold brew and I was extremely pleased. What makes the Dave’s Coffee experience is the aesthetic of the establishment. It is easy to see why it is so popular among tourists because of its picturesque theme and location.

In conclusion, the best coffee in the area can be found in Social and Green Marble with both satisfying different moods and offer different atmospheres. In my personal life, I find myself going to Green Marble most often because of the convenience, but I am willing to go out of my way to get a drink from Social.