The coffee scene in downtown Boston is thriving. Ogawa Coffee opened a few months ago. George Howell opened inside the new Boston Public Market, and is planning a new store in Downtown Crossing in the fall. Thinking Cup was a pioneer in the area, opening its store on Tremont Street in late 2010. Now add this: Jaho Coffee Roasters & Wine Bar.
While owner Anil Mezini describes it as a wine bar, don’t miss the cocktails, many of which tie into Jaho’s coffee shop origins. There’s a boozy bubble tea, for example, as well as a bourbon-infused hot cider, a Vietnamese coffee martini, and more.
“To us, life is a journey filled with beautiful pictures, far-away places, new tastes, good friends, and the stories that we all share,” the Jaho website reads, perfectly summing up its cozy vibes. It’s the perfect study spot with really yummy coffee and boba tea.
Although peaceful, the room is filled with colors and textures that shift along with the changing of the seasons. Summery plum tarts (designed and made in house) make way for pumpkin pudding in the fall. Plush cashmere sweaters and bright wool coats now hang in place of buttery soft silks.
Of course this small local chain of boozy cafes makes a killer espresso martini—and as long as Boston allows it, it’s available to go. Get it as is or with a dash of Bailey’s to add some creaminess. The Vietnamese coffee martini will also hit the spot. Find them—and lots of other caffeinated and/or alcoholic treats—at a handful of locations around Boston and Salem, with a Cambridge outpost coming soon.
Whether it’s espresso or an espresso martini, the spacious, vaguely steampunk Chinatown-adjacent location has your fuel. The large bar (which boasts free Wifi, by the way) is our favorite outpost of this Salem-based roasting company, though it also has branches on the North Shore, in the Back Bay, in the South End, and in Tokyo. (Yes, Tokyo.)
You can’t rush a good cup of joe, and Jaho owner Anil Mezini has been slow-brewing his business for a decade. In 2005, the then-20-something opened his first gourmet coffee shop in Salem. A South End cafe came in 2011. Last summer, a sparkling flagship—Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar—debuted in a downtown high-rise. Specialty beans are now joined by beer flights, the prerequisite pastries by cheese and charcuterie boards.
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