Coffee in Worcester: Neighborhood Cafe

posted by Mike on February 11th, 2007

Pie and Coffee: Which coffee place do you want to talk about?

Bruce: Neighborhood Cafe.

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P: The Neighborhood Cafe. Where is it?

B: In the neighborhood.

P: Which neighborhood?

B: On Main Street.

P: It’s kinda near the bank?

B: Yeah, it’s kinda more like, it’s kinda where Commerce Bank is, almost in that same block.

P: What’s the coffee there like?

B: The coffee I had was pretty damn good.

P: Really? Scale of 1 to 5.

B: It’s probably a 3.

P: Okay. So wait, a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 is “pretty damn good”?

B: Yeah.

P: What’s a 4?

B: Well, 1 is like really poor, 2 is good—no actually I take that back. 1 is poor, 2 is fair, 3 is good, 4 is excellent, and 5 was fantastic.

P: So it’s a 3.

B: I’ll say it was “Good.”

P: OK. What was the atmosphere there?

B: Kinda dead.

P: There’s a lot of people in and out of there, though.

B: Yeah, I didn’t see much people eating there, though. I didn’t get the same vibe as I did when you and I, Jacob and Mike Leslie went to the dinette.

P: Yeah, the Midtown had a very good atmosphere.

B: Oh yeah, cause people were walking through there.

P: The Midtown coffee was also a quarter a cup less expensive.

B: Right. I only had one experience going to the Neighborhood Cafe, but it seems like people who were in the neighborhood just stopped there to grab a coffee and be on their way. And go back to work with it. And it seems like people who were in the Midtown Mall were looking around for clothes, buying clothes, buying things. Or stopping by the post office, because they have something to do on Mechanics Street. Or they stop in to have something to eat. You get that same kind of feeling yourself?

P: I did indeed.

B: I’m glad we think alike.

P: So, would you recommend people seek out the Neighborhood Cafe if it’s out of their neighborhood?

B: No, it’s mostly for people walking through there from like, I mean, people gonna go buy a newspaper, they can get coffee at Tony’s News, so . . . .

P: Tony’s News were offering free coffee for awhile, weren’t they?

B: They might have. I don’t know if they’re doing it now.

P: I bought a copy of Scientific American in there awhile back when I had jury duty. But I didn’t end up sitting on a jury, so I didn’t get to read it. But I did get a free coffee there.

B: Did you really?

P: I did. I don’t remember which kind. I want to say it was Good As Gold, but I could be wrong.

B: The Shell gas station used to have Good As Gold, but now they have something else.

P: We have Good As Gold at our office.

B: Do you?

P: We do. We actually have Good As Gold, and then we have all these Starbucks that I think got donated.

B: Oh really.

P: Yeah.

B: What Starbucks coffee?

P: It’s just a bunch of coffee lying around.

B: Oh. So whatever’s laying around, someone will just make it?

P: My office, it’s not a very coffee-focused culture. People will drink the coffee but . . . .

B: If it’s there, but not many people drink it or notice it?

P: Yeah. And a lot of times, even if I’m the last person there in the morning, I’ll end up having to make coffee if I want to have coffee, because there’ll be coffee from Friday sitting there on Monday.

B: So if you’re the only one that’s going to drink the coffee, you’re the only one that’s going to make the coffee.

P: I think it makes for a good work environment, though, because I’m the only one who’s all jittery and crazy and messed up on coffee. Everyone else is pretty levelheaded.

B: Yeah, sometimes you can be levelled out on coffee, too.

P: Did you see that Woody Harrelson invented a beach towel?

B: As long as they do one of that Snow Ghost and the Black Death, they’re more than welcome.

P: Any closing words about the Neighborhood Cafe?

B: It’s in the neighborhood.

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