Friday, December 11, 2020

Mystic Coffee Roaster in Medford to Close Its Cafe; Wholesale Business to Remain in Operation

A neighborhood coffeehouse in the northern suburbs of Boston is getting ready to shut down, though the business itself will remain in operation.

According to several sources, including posters on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, Mystic Coffee Roaster in Medford is planning to close its retail shop, with a Facebook post from the Riverside Avenue spot saying the following:

I have a bittersweet announcement to make. First, the bitter: Unfortunately, Mystic Coffee Roaster will cease to exist as a cafĂ© by December 24. This has been extremely difficult due to the pandemic. All restaurants are suffering, and for us, the decrease in foot traffic and sales has been unsurmountable....Now for the sweet: Mystic Coffee Roaster as a coffee roastery will continue. I’m going to focus on my true passion of coffee roasting and will continue to service our wholesale customers, contract roasting customers, mail order customers, and other avenues yet to be discovered....For the short term, I plan to be open for a few days/week to sell retail bags of coffee (hours to be determined), but the long term plan is to line up some other local businesses that would sell and/or serve our coffee. I may have an exciting announcement on that front very soon.

Mystic Coffee Roaster, which first opened approximately 10 years ago, offers such items as coffee, tea, hot chocolate, smoothies, croissants, bagels, scones, cookies, and sandwiches at its shop, which has only been open for takeout during the pandemic.

The address for Mystic Coffee Roaster is 30 Riverside Avenue, Medford, MA, 02155. Its website can be found at

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

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