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“Ill-Concieved Greed” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Joe Coffee & Espresso Bar

Joe Coffee & Espresso Bar
148 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657
(508) 487-6656
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“Ill-Concieved Greed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

As someone who has gone to Provincetown for a decade and a half, I've seen many places crumble because of greed, hubris, or truly awful service (remember Esther's? Cafe Blase?) In a troubled economy, where folks are budgeting a per diem for each vacation day, a gourmet coffee is not a treat they're taking lightly. I used to walk all the way west from the East End, stop at Joe's for coffee, stop at Relish for cupcakes, and wander the beauty of the West End fully sated. The older Joe's establishment was cute, friendly, egalitarian, typically New England. The staff were warm, whimsical and efficient. Since moving to the new location, a cold, awkward, unpleasant site, everything that I found charming about my $7 coffee experience was lacking. The benches in front of the old Joe's gave way to several tables, several EXCLUSIVE, proprietary tables. One cannot just join a table as one could join someone on a communal bench. Joe's killed the random conversations they cultivated beautifully. It was on Joe's former benches I was talked into trying Front Street; on another bench conversation that the murder of Christa Worthington was debated; on still another seating where a couple who'd been together for over 30 years shared the joy that they could marry. That, to me, justifies the $7 coffee. I'm buying not just a drink, but an experience. As Joe's stands now, they're as impersonal and dull as Starbucks. I can get my $7 coffee several other places in town (Wired Puppy looks to be the frontrunner for me). I'm saddened to see a solid, pure institution such as Joe's spoiled by such obvious greed.

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Cranbury, New Jersey
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“Expensive.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2010

Service was good and brownies terrific, but two coffees and two brownies for $18?! That's high even by any standards.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bedford, New York
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“Joe Coffee-the best place to have coffee and watch the street!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2010

Wonderful for coffee and sweets any time but especially nice in the early am.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Provincetown
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“Fabulous, Love the new space!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2010

The new space looks great and the outdoor area does not have a comparable for coffee shops in Provincetown. The espresso is so tasty and no bitterness. My drink is always done exactly as I ask for and the staff is wonderful. You can't miss this spot when you travel to Provincetown. Did I mention the owner? Scott is wonderful always making sure you feel like the only customer he has. Kudos to Scott and staff for a fantastic experience. P.S. Liz bakes up the tastiest treats too!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Too Bad They Are Expanding....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2010

Sad but true...Joes at the old location in the West End is closing to make room for a larger, more upscale coffee shop. But they are throwing the baby out with the bath water. The charm of Joes was its New England small Cape Cod yellow structure, and its communal benches outside, where one could have great conversations with guests and local people. The last time I was there it was hot, and the half and half sat way too long on the counter, making me ill---within 15 minutes. Skip Joes. Try Far Lands Provisions that serves coffee roasted on Cape Cod and has a refrigerated cream dispenser. Or try The Wired Puppy in the East End.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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