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Caffeine Fix

A hipster café that takes on the big chain

CafeFixeTheMirage1Photo: Leo Epstein


egulars sipping java at Café Fixe refer to it as “Café Smug.” They’re not necessarily talking about the service, which is competent and usually friendly, but to the customers who look so pleased with themselves for passing up the Starbucks just across the street. As well they should. This shop, with its minimalist, hipster vibe in both décor and menu, offers a wide selection of beans, including from Papua New Guinea, Mexico, and Guatemala, most of them fair trade only. And if that’s not worth the trip, the sleek Mirage Veloce espresso machine (above; it’s Italian for “fast”) certainly is. So is the attention to detail that extends to the design you’ll find in the foam of your cappuccino. Those things and more attract an interesting crowd that lingers smugly over its strong brews. Herder



Originally known as Muddy River, Brookline was part of Boston until it broke away in 1705 and renamed itself for the brooks along which its town boundary lines were drawn.