Confused About Milk? Broken Wares? Here’s Your Boston WBC Guide

Did your espresso cups break in your carry-on? Are you still unsure of what milk you’ll use on the big stage? Here’s everything you need to know about where to go in Boston.


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As we get closer and closer to the World Barista Championship, kicking off on Thursday, April 11, we’re thinking about all the competitors who will soon descend in Boston, the host city. And we’re sure a few of them might open their carefully packed suitcases and discover a few broken service wares …

But not to worry! Local Bostonian Rachel Apple, quality control director at George Howell Coffee, put together a helpful list of places you can pick up extra equipment! Perhaps you need an ingredient or two for your signature drink? Maybe a few extra rags for your practice time? Or a cool bottle of bubbly to celebrate your victory? Don’t worry—Rachel has you covered!

230 W. Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
Local produce, milks, spices, specialty food items

268 Shawmut Ave., Boston, MA 02118
244 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
67 Smith Place, #13a, Cambridge, MA 02138
Wine, beer, cheese, charcuterie, specialty grocery items, cocktail ingredients

Boston Public Market
100 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02108
Many local vendors for herbs, produce, spices, milk, lunch, etc.

Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199
Produce, spice, wine, cheese, local milk

Curio Spice
2265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 0214
Extensive high-quality spices

The Boston Shaker
69 Holland St., Somerville, MA 02144
Cocktail wares, over 200 bitters, glassware

Barista Pro Shop
13 Delta Drive, # 2, Londonderry, NH 03053
Hourlong drive to NH, but exhaustive stock of all barista wares/needs

Whole Foods
348 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118
Herbs, local milk

Idylwilde Farms
366 Central St., Acton, MA 01720
Specialty grocery, local milk

Christina’s Spice & Specialty Foods
1297 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139
Spices and ice cream

Hong Kong Supermarket
1 Brighton Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Pan-Asian grocery store, international ingredients, spices, produce

Super 88
188 Commercial St., Malden, MA 02148
Pan-Asian grocery store, international ingredients, spices, produce

China Fair
2100 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140
Kitchen wares, dishes, glassware

Tropical Foods
450 Melnea Cass Blvd., Roxbury, MA 02119
Latin grocery store, international ingredients, spices, produce

Cambridge Antique Market
201 Msgr. O’Brien Highway, Cambridge, MA 02141
Antique and vintage drink ware, oddities

Sur La Table
Copley Place, D-006, 100 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116
Kitchen wares, glassware

Market Basket
400 Somerville Ave., Somerville, MA 02143
Grocery store that stocks international ingredients

Great Wall Restaurant Supply
38 Kneeland St., Boston, MA 02111
Kitchen wares, glassware, some coffee equipment

George Howell Coffee
505 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111
Coffee brewing wares

The Godfrey Hotel
505 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111
Coffee brewing wares

Intelligentsia Watertown
810 Mt Auburn St., Watertown, MA 02472
Coffee brewing wares

Ogawa Coffee
10 Milk St., Boston, MA 02108
Coffee brewing wares

Bloc 11 Cafe
11 Bow St., Somerville, MA 02143
Coffee brewing wares

Reliable Market
45 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143
Korean and Japanese grocery store, produce, spices

And, if you want to know more about your local milk options:

High Lawn: Jersey Cows
Greener Acres Farms: Jersey cows, raw milk
Crescent Ridge Farms
Appleton Farms: Note from Rachel: “They are a really small producer, and I can’t find a lot about their milk online, but have had their products in a farmers market and [they] are really rich and wonderful.”
Oakhurst Milk
Gibson Dairy Milk
Kimball Brook Farm
Mapleline Farm Milk
Maple Hill Milk
Thatcher Farms: Holstein cows
Arethusa Farm

Places to buy milks:

Whole Foods: Maple Hill, High Lawn
Eataly: Arethusa Farm, Thatcher Farm, Crescent Ridge, High Lawn
Boston Public Market : Crescent Ridge, Appleton Farm
Idylewilde Farms: Oakhurst, Gibson Dairy, Kimball Brook, Mapleline Farm, Maple Hill
Greener Acres Farm (45 min outside Boston): their farm store 51 Pleasant St., Mendon, MA 01756

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