The Foodie pulled on a black turtleneck, slid a pair of thick-rimmed "nerd chic" spectacles into place, and planted an intellectual beret atop her head. Appropriately donned in beatnik attire, she rode down Maine Street to the Bohemian Coffeehouse.
She was refreshed to discover, however, that the small java joint was packed with regular folk. Khakied students leaned over textbooks and sipped lattes while workmen in flannel chatted in the front bay window. Mothers treated their children to hot cocoa and area businessmen discussed strategies. Elated that even she could find a niche in the so-called "bohemian" spot, the Foodie stashed the glasses and cap in her bag and proceeded to order.
Bohemian Coffeehouse isn't Starbucks. The Foodie, herself is so accustomed to the ubiquitous chain shop that she almost asked for a Frappuccino at Bohemian's front counter. Shame! There are no powdered mixes here, no soggy prepared mozzarella and tomato sandwiches and no excess sugar in the coffee to appease beginners. Bohemian offers what the Foodie thinks a coffee shop should provide: freshly made pastries and exquisite coffee.
The aromatic brew is presented in ceramic mugs if one is dining in, lending the shop a homey and environmentally conscious sensibility. The rich, intense espresso approached the consistency and color of molasses while the more tolerable, creamy latté warmed shivering hands. The foaming cappuccino also delighted the palate. The Foodie especially appreciated the chocolate swirl crafted in the foam of every drink she ordered (except for the minimalist espresso).
A lover of milkshakes, the Foodie's favorite Bohemian offering is its indulgent frozen coffee confection. This chilly behemoth makes the Frappuccino cower in the corner: Bohemian's drink actually tastes like coffee, and the flavor doesn't get sucked up in the first few slurps; fully emulsified, the coffee shake retains its flavor all the way until the last gulp.
The pastries are equally as pleasing. The crunchy biscotti softened just like an Oreo into the Foodie's latté, while a golden cranberry scone tickled her tongue. The other delicacies, such as the gooey cinnamon buns, chubby blueberry muffins and pancake-shaped oatmeal cookies, also looked tempting.
Bohemian's friendly atmosphere entices the Foodie to return and linger with friends. The café invites casual idling: worn chess, checkers and dominoes sets are scattered throughout the shop. The small size of this nook is a nice alternative to the sprawling spaces at home. Sitting inside, so close to her fellow patrons with a great cup of joe and a good book, makes the place all the more cozy and inviting on a cold Brunswick day.