As I drive through Haymarket to the rhythm of blaring car horns and my navigation system abrasively exclaiming “recalculating,” I narrow my eyes in search of my destination: Cuppacoffee, an authentic Australian coffee shop/espresso bar that also serves a spread of classic Australian pies.
At the stoplight on the corner of Merrimac and New Chardon streets, there it was—seriously, you can’t miss it—triumphant in its existence, boasting CUPPACOFFEE in large, white letters against a brown background, surrounded by a major intersection, office buildings, and a barren parking lot.
Cuppacoffee is small in size, but is nothing short of special.
With Australian culture décor dotting the walls, bags of fine coffee lining the shelves, and a window counter laced with high stools overlooking the busy intersection, I felt that kind of hospitality not found at corporate coffee shops.
I sat down at the counter with owner, Todd Moore, who kindly took the time to speak with me, all in a totally gnarly Australian accent.
Moore moved to Massachusetts in 1998 with his wife, who proudly co-owns and operates the coffee shop. After working in the footwear business—specifically, Converse—Moore, who still sports a pair of Chucks, decided he
“just wanted to do something a little more fun.”
And with his knowledge about and appreciated the coffee culture in Australia, Moore decided to establish a taste of home in his newer home of Boston.
“We looked at the site three years ago when it was just a drawing,” Moore said. Three years later, they held a grand opening on May 28.
“In Australia, people go out for coffee,” Moore explained. Unlike Americans; in which coffee can be a trivial, habitual routine of getting that kick of caffeine in order to perform for the rest of the day.
“I drink coffee because I like the taste of it, I like the atmosphere it brings,” says Moore, who hopes to ignite that appreciation within his customers.
Cuppcacoffee also offers a selection of Australian-style pies, with fillings ranging from the classic minced meat, egg and cheese, and even Thai chicken. Although this may seem strange, the flaky, oval-shaped pie in Australia is the cultural food equivalent to a hot dog or hamburger in America, often the snack of choice at Australian sporting events.
As a self-identified retailer, Cuppacoffee receives its coffee from Red Barn Coffee Roasters (located in Boston) and its pies from Down Under Bakery, which is based out of New York City, specializing in Australian meat pies, which are distributed throughout New England.
Politely taking a quick moment to excuse himself from our conversation, Moore called to one of the employees in training, who was checking on some pies in the oven. “I think they’re hot enough, mate,” he called, as the employee observed the golden browning on the tops of the pies.
By this point, I had heard (and seen) enough—I needed to try a real cuppacoffee and my first Australian pie so I ordered an iced latte and the classic minced meat pie. My latte was flavorful and rich, and left a light and pleasant aftertaste of fine espresso. My minced meat pie was also an experience within itself: buttery, puff pastry enveloping a portion of rich minced meat filling in a syrupy, tasty gravy.
I was diving down deep into the Australian reefs of deliciousness.
CUPPACOFFEE. 1 MERRIMAC ST. BOSTON. @CUPPACOFFEEMA. TRYCUPPACOFFEE.COM.