The DH and I walked down Pleasant Street toward Northampton Bike in order to check out the newest addition to the local coffee scene in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday. Nice atmosphere-- pressed tin ceiling, creamy whites and greens on the walls, simple light colored wooden furniture-- two tall tables with stools for two, a counter and stools in the window, and one big center table that sat maybe 12 communally. Several people who didn't know each other were sitting together at the big table, doing their own things.
The coffee is fresh ground to order and the espresso looks properly made-- I had chai (in a filter bag, not from concentrate!) with the foamiest richest freshest steamed milk I've ever had, and the DH had their thick, not-too-sweet french style hot cocoa. Both were tasty, and the cups are cool. There's a nice selection of teas, herbal and black, a not-overreaching selection of coffee beverages, and some natural sodas, waters, and fresh squeezed orange juice. They also had some pastries, muffins, cookies in a pie vault for the choosing. They also sell Barrington Coffee Roasters (Great Barrington) brand coffee-- I picked up a pound of the costa rican beans (9.50, about what I'd expect) and they were great when I ground and brewed some this morning. It was a very calm, "chill" atmosphere, not unfriendly at all. We just sat and absorbed the nice calmness of it all. The bar where you add your sugar and dairy etc. actually seemed beig enough and designed so people wouldn't get in each other's way. And the hip young man working behind the counter was very nice and really knew his stuff.
I haven't been to Woodstar Cafe, so I can't compare, but this was a more relaxed vibe than I've often felt at Haymarket, where the people working the counter and some of the patrons make me feel hopelessly old and square, and the chai was way better.