OK visitors to Cape Cod, there are Dunkin Donuts everywhere, but where do you go for coffee with more flavor than acid? There are plenty of places, here are a few of my favorites in the mid- and upper Cape.
First, the big chain- Starbucks is in Mashpee, Falmouth, and Bourne. It is Starbucks, that’s all you need to know.
For real, locally-owned coffee houses, there are a few worth mentioning. In Falmouth and Woods Hole, it has to be Coffee Obsession. Coffee O in Falmouth is what you expect a coffee house to be, well worn, friendly, comfortable, and funky. Coffee O in Woods Hole is great, but it seems unnaturally clean and stylish for Woods Hole. Don’t let that stop you from going, it is still great.
In Sandwich, I always head to Paul’s Bean and Bagel. Good coffee (Beanstock Roasters), snacks, sandwiches, even ice cream. Good stuff, right in the village. Oh, and the staff is so damn nice you’ll feel like you belong there, even if you are just in town for a weekend.
There is also a Marylou’s in Sandwich, not exactly gourmet coffee, but decent, and a great alternative to DD if Paul’s is closed.
In Barnstable Village, right on Route 6a across from the courthouse is Nirvana Coffee, a fairly new entry with good coffee and snacks, right in the heart of the village.
There are more options on the far end of the Cape, but I haven’t kept up with them in recent years. I’m sure it is still safe to recommend the Hot Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans, I don’t think they have ever let me down.
Here’s the deal on local tips (from me, or anyone else)- please be a traveler, not a tourist when you visit them.