Best Of Mass Coffee Shop Worcester Results: Judge's Choice and People's Choice winners

Measuring scales and lavender in brown glass jugs. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
A Cafe au Chocolate. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
The cafe is a renovated mill building. located in a BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
A close-up of signage at the counter. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Handwritten and colorful menu boards. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
The renovated mill building lends to the industrial aesthetic of the cafe. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
The coffee menu. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Cafe owners Robert Fecteau and Avra Hoffman. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
A colorful mural outside. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
The counter area and bakery case. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Table numbers for orders. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
A pyrographic pizza peel with the cafe's logo. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Customers are diverse, ranging from local college students and professionals of all ages. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
The furniture in the cafe is a mish-mash and customers are shaping the interior of the new cafe based on their needs. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Customers come to the cafe to work and meet with friends. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Owner Avra Hoffman makes a Cafe au Chocolat. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
A Cafe au Chocolat. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
MassLive Community Engagement Specialist Heather Adams films cafe owner Avra Hoffman as she makes a Maple Syrup Latte. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Drinks sampled on the road trip were a Cafe au Chocolate and a Maple Syrup Latte. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Mini mugs of homemade marshmallow fluff and hot chocolate. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Monin flavorings for lattes. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
The espresso machine. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Baskets for bread to rise. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Baker Nick Rozowsky finishes loaves of Seeded Levain. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Cook Colby Hinson preps a baked item before it goes into the oven. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Handwritten lunch specials board and small items like teas, granola and flour. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Condiment and spice station. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
The cafe sells tee shirts and coffee from Acoustic Java, the supplier of coffee beans. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Shelves are filled with local artisan gifts, like Julia's Organics loose leaf tea from Acoustic Java. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Shelves are filled with local artisan gifts, spice rubs, sauces and fire cider. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
The colorful, hand drawn menu board. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
The cafe is known for its artisan bread, made fresh daily. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Chef Brittany Vincent prepares an order for lunch. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
A "Bus Your Own Table" sign. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
A colorful agriculture-inspired mural takes up three-stories of the renovated building. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
The parking lot is home to the Kelly Square Farmers Market. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
Side door to the cafe. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
There are many areas for young professionals to work in the space. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass. (Sarah Platanitis)
Much of the furniture in the space has a sentimental story. The two dining sets on the left in this photo were family-owned. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
A note to the owner, Rober Fecteau. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
The building is a renovated factory space. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
A piano in the cafe. They host live music on weekends. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
People set up to work in the many spaces in the cafe. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
There is ample natural light in the cafe. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.
The hallway to the restrooms. The walls feature artists rotating monthly. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.

Today we announce the results of the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest! We traveled to eight much-loved places nominated by readers. We found some solid sips, places to meet with friends, colleagues or work solo, and businesses truly invested in their customers and communities.

All the places were so different and we could see why they were favorites. Below are the results for the Worcester contest. Don't forget to visit the places and see for yourself.

There are many areas for young professionals to work in the space. BirchTree Bread Company, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 138 Green Street in Worcester, Mass.

First place: BirchTree Bread Company - This cafe in renovated mill building has ample space for its diverse customer base to stop in for a bite to eat or work for a good part of the day. Coffee beans from Acoustic Java are carefully brewed and seasonal drinks with local ingredients are popular. The house blend is a medium roast and the Maple Syrup Latte is a current patron favorite. Bread is the focus of the menu, paired with local ingredient soups, salads and hearty sandwiches. There's an entire menu just for toast and the peanut butter and marshmallow fluff is made from scratch. Average price for a sandwich and a coffee is $12. Attentive and friendly staff. Takes cash and credit. On-street parking in the front of the building or a large parking lot in the back.

Here's what readers have said about BirchTree Bread Company:

Scott J. Croteau | scroteau@masslive.com - I enjoy a good cup of joe from BirchTree Bread Company.

A Snickers Latte, with chocolate, caramel and hazelnut, and a leaf design. The Bean Counter Bakery, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 113 Highland Street in Worcester, Mass.

Second place: The Bean Counter - Small neighborhood cafe that makes good use of its space. Customers, mainly WPI students, professionals and local politicians, can always find space to chat, work, be creative or read. Great lattes, espresso and pour-overs, made with beans from George Howell and 49th Parallel, and drinkable chocolate. Satiate your sweet tooth with their baked goods or get ready for your day with a breakfast sandwich. Coffee and something to eat averages $7. Staff is jovial and enjoy working in a place often described as "buzzing." Takes cash and credit. On street parking only but this place is very much worth circling the block for a spot.

Here's what readers have said about The Bean Counter:

Lindsay Corcoran | lindsay.corcoran@masslive.com - Bean Counter on HIghland Street in Worcester (and in Shrewsbury) is another good one... though, I must say, I go there more for the cupcakes than the coffee!
Noah R. Bombard | nbombard@masslive.com - I stopped going here because I was starting to put on weight. In other words, it is awesome.
Mark Carter - TOTALLY worth the five hour drive from Syracuse NY to go to the Bean Counter Bakery for their AMAZING cranberry scones!!!!
Owner Lala shared that talking with customers and getting to know them is important to the staff at the coffee house. Lalajava, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located in Northborough, Mass.

Third place, People's Choice winner: Lalajava - This is a very fun place, filled with quirky tee shirts, fake palm trees, frowning tiki heads and a wooden door that makes you think of summer vacation. Beans come from roasters in Massachusetts and New York for their signature mochas and lattes. They have cold brew nitro coffee and a line of their own award-winning teas. Allergy-friendly menu has breakfast, flatbread and other healthy comfort food options. House made pastries and kettle corn are also available. Coffee and a muffin would run about $5. Customers are all ages and loyal to the outgoing, welcoming staff. Places to sit for a conversation or plug in to do work. Takes cash and credit. Cafe has a corner spot in a new shopping plaza with a large parking lot.

Here's what readers have said about Lalajava Coffee House:

Scott J. Croteau | scroteau@masslive.com - LaLaJava is a good spot to grab some food and a coffee. There are a couple good places to eat in that plaza in Northborough.

The cafe has many tables and chairs to work. NU Cafe, a finalist in the Best Of Mass Coffee Shop contest, is located at 335 Chandler Street in Worcester, Mass.

Fourth place: NU Cafe - This community-minded cafe is located in a historical building. It's a favorite for local college students, professionals and visitors for group painting and open mic nights. Menu features salads, wraps, sandwiches and new quinoa bowls with local ingredients. Pastries, fresh fruit and allergy-friendly options also available. A latte and a sandwich or panini would run between $10 to $15. Although coffee beans are from Acoustic Java, there was something lacking when it came to the latte and specialty drink that we sampled. Nice but slightly preoccupied staff. Kitchen manager is quite the character! A myriad of seating options based on customer needs but the tables were sticky, Cheerios and other bits were strewn about and the restroom needed tending. Takes cash and credit. Large parking lot right in front of the building.

Here's what readers have said about NU Cafe:

Lindsay Corcoran | lindsay.corcoran@masslive.com - Love Nu Cafes menu.

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