Cafe Profile: Bloc 11 in Somerville, MA

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Bloc 11 Cafe
Bloc 11 Cafe

Cafe Profile:  Bloc 11 in Somerville, MA.  I had the pleasure to stop in at a great cafe on a recent trip to Somerville, MA.  

Bloc 11

11 Bow Street

Somerville, MA 02143:

Bloc 11 is a massive cafe set up in what looks to be in an old bank with a Yoga studio on top.  The space is open, and bright, with nice, roomy outdoor seating.  Even with two cash registers, there is always a line.   With good reason.  It seems that this cafe often switches between roasters.   I ordered a double espresso (i use the double as a yard-stick by which to measure cafes).  It was balanced, and neat, with a pleasant acidity.  They also carry a hefty number of retail bags by Stumptown, Intellegensia and Counter Culture.  The food was also very good (Sandwiches and the like) and their baked goods were fresh and rich.  A word of warning:  all of their coffees have to be shipped in, so if you are buying a retail bag, make sure to check the date.  Some of it is very fresh, but some of it is a bit past prime.  In either case, the baristas are skilled, the beans are great and the equipment is quality, so what's not to like?  Here are the pics:

Bloc 11 Cafe
Bloc 11 Cafe
Bloc 11
Bloc 11
Bloc 11 Cafe
Bloc 11 Cafe
Bloc 11 Cafe
Bloc 11 Cafe
Bloc 11 Cafe
Bloc 11 Cafe
Bloc 11 Cafe
Bloc 11 Cafe
Corgi!
Corgi!