KōHi Coffee Co., Boston

The Kōhi Coffee Co. logo from outside its Boston store inside 125 Summer Street.KōHi Coffee Co. is a small coffee shop chain, founded in 2014 in Provincetown, Cape Cod. Now with five locations, the original’s been joined by another in Provincetown (in Spindler’s restaurant) and three more around Boston. This includes today’s Coffee Spot, located off the lobby of 125 Summer Street, at the southern end of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, opposite South Station.

Occupying what’s best described as a cube to the left of the lobby, KōHi has no seating of its own. However, you can order directly from the street via a takeout window, then sit where you like in the public space in front of the building. Alternatively, you’re welcome to go inside, order, then take a seat in the lobby.

Old friends Tandem Coffee Roasters from Portland, Maine, provide KōHi with a bespoke house blend  on espresso, an exclusive single-origin on batch brew, while there’s also a pour-over option. If you’re hungry, Kōhi has a small selection of pastries. Note that KōHi only serves in disposable cups, so don’t forget to bring your own.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • 125 Summer Street, a large, imposing tower block in downtown Boston.
  • However, don't be fooled by this imposing entrance which is actually on Summer Street.
  • This is the main entrance. Just keep going and you'll find it around the corner. It faces a...
  • ... public square (well, triangle) with lots of outdoor seating. To start with there are...
  • ... these three benches. The red things are solar-powered USB recharging stations.
  • The view from the front of 125 Summer Street, looking towards South Station.
  • There's plenty more seating out here, including these 12 red, wooden deck chairs...
  • ... and, on the other side, some more conventional tables and chairs.
  • Here are two of the tables (there are six in all) in more detail.
  • 125 Summer Street is the home of KōHi Coffee Co. which is to the left of the main entrance.
  • It has a to-go window. Don't worry if it's closed, just go up and knock!
  • The window from the other side.
  • If you want to inside, just head for the main entrance. Go in through the double doors...
  • ... then in through the next set of double doors...
  • ... where you'll find, to your left and behind you, KōHi Coffee Co.
  • Just in case you missed it!
  • There's a small amount of seating in the lobby in front of KōHi Coffee Co.
  • This neat, two-person table is by a window right next to the doors to KōHi...
  • ... while this communal table is opposite them.
  • Another view of the communal table. The steps to the left lead up the main lobby level.
  • Head up there and keep going to the back where there's more seating, including...
  • ... a sofa, armchairs and this second communal table, which is right at the back.
  • Back to KōHi, where a sliding glass door gives access to the counter.
  • The current opening times are handily displayed on the door. KōHi is closed at the weekend.
  • Before you get to the counter, there are retail shelves (with coffee) to the right...
  • ... while there are more to the left, this time with coffee kit. This includes the...
  • ... Bonmac filters which KōHi uses. I don't see them in many coffee shops.
  • The counter is a four-sided affair at the back of the space.
  • You order at the till at the front, where you'll also find...
  • ... the pastries in a display case to the right...
  • ... and the concise menu above that.
  • Espresso, in the form of this two-group Slayer, lives on the left-hand part of the counter...
  • ... while filter (batch brew and pour-over) is on the right.
  • I treated myself to a pour-over, being made here in one of the Bonmac filters...
  • ... and served in my Frank Green Ceramic cup, which is where I'll leave you.
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KōHi Coffee Co. was one of four coffee shops that I visited during my day in Boston at the end of my latest trip to New England. In a sign of the expansion of speciality coffee in the downtown area, all four were pretty much in a straight line following the High Street, a block or two separating each one.

KōHi is off the lobby of 125 Summer Street, which, despite the address, has its main entrance not on Summer Street, but around the corner, facing a triangle of land formed by the convergence of Summer and Surface Streets. Like much of Boston’s Greenway, this is a public space with a variety of seating, including three benches with solar-powered USB charging points off to the left. There are also six round, four-person tables on one side, with 12 red chairs on the other, arranged along the sides of a square, all facing inwards.

If you’re sitting outside, KōHi has a to-go window to the left of the main entrance where you can order coffee. Alternatively, head in through both sets of double doors, then immediately turn back on yourself to the left, where you’ll find a roughly cube-shaped, glass-fronted space that’s home to KōHi. You can sit in the lobby, where there’s a two-person table in the window next to KōHi, while a six-person communal table stands opposite the doors, between steps up to the main lobby level and a ramp which runs along the left-wall. There’s more seating at the back, including a sofa, eleven armchairs and another communal table.

Glass double doors roll back, allowing access to KōHi and the counter, which is ahead of you, while to your left and right are retail shelves, coffee (right) and equipment (left). A small selection of pastries occupy a display case on top of the counter to the right, with the menu above that. Espresso, in the form of a Slayer, is on the left, while filter (batch brew and pour-over) is on the right. Finally, the grinders are at the back, beyond which is the to-go window.

KōHi has a concise espresso-based menu serving the bespoke Race Point blend, while there’s an exclusive single-origin Guatemala on batch brew, both supplied by Tandem Coffee Roasters. I had a pour-over, featuring an Ecuadorian single-origin brewed using the Bonmac filter (like a classic V-shaped Kalita filter, but with just a single hole at the bottom) and served in my Frank Green Ceramic cup. This grew on me, maturing as it cooled, resulting in a smooth, clean cup which I enjoyed while sitting in the lobby. Then I was on my way again, with plenty more coffee shops to visit!

125 SUMMER STREET • LOBBY SUITE 110 • BOSTON • MA 02110 • USA
www.kohicoffee.com +1 857 239 8695
Monday 08:00 – 15:00 Roaster Tandem (espresso + filter)
Tuesday 08:00 – 15:00 Seating Tables
Wednesday 08:00 – 15:00 Food Cakes
Thursday 08:00 – 15:00 Service Counter
Friday 08:00 – 15:00 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday CLOSED Wifi No
Sunday CLOSED Power Limited
Chain Local Visits 2nd May 2022

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