OK, I love iced coffee. I drink it practically year round and even though I like hot coffee too, I seem to gravitate to iced when I'm working at my computer since it never gets cold. I typically drink 2 20 oz cups per day. Yes, it's a bad habit, but it's mine.
Anyway, I recently started a new job in the Financial District so every morning, I walk to work and stop in at Flour on my way to get my fix. I like their coffee -- good flavor, reasonable portion for $2.75 and most times, they don't take just take hot coffee and pour it over some cubes (a huge pet peeve). Once in a while they do in a pinch, but for the most part they take a big frozen block of coffee and let it melt with a splash of hot to speed up the process. The other place that makes excellent iced coffee (better than Flour) is South End Buttery. Unfortunately, it's nowhere near my office or my house, so I can only go there on weekends. Fair Trade Cafe on Causeway St. does a nice iced coffee, but again, too out of the way.
My problem is during the work day. I have not been able to find any good mid-day coffee place near my office. All I've found are:
Dunkin' Donuts: watery, awful, fake coffee syrup taste
Starbucks: horrible, metallic-tasting yet watery (how this is possible, i dont know). Even the Pike's Roast isn't good. If i have to go here, I get a triple espresso over ice,but that's pretty diesel and not always ideal for a desk job.
Peet's: Non-descript and not that close to my office to make it worth the trip.
Bruegger's: Again, not strong enough.
Cosi: Not awful, but not good.
Flat Black Coffee: I've tried everything from "mild" to "strong" and they all taste too molasses-y and harsh. Undrinkable, in fact. Big disappointment. I had high hopes.
Any suggestions? I'm not going to be able to make it through a summer work day with one iced coffee in the morning!
South End Buttery
314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
200 Terminal St, Charlestown, MA 02129