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George Howell Coffee coming to Downtown Crossing


The coffee scene in downtown Boston is becoming as energetic as a double-shot of espresso, and soon you can add one more to the mix: George Howell Coffee is about to build a new café in Downtown Crossing.

The Acton-based roaster is partnering with the Godfrey Hotel Boston and will open this fall.

The shop will bring Howell, a pioneer in the specialty coffee movement, back to downtown Boston and the new store will be reminiscent to the Coffee Connection store that he first opened in Harvard Square in 1974. After growing Coffee Connection to 24 stores — and introducing a drink known as the Frappuccino — Howell sold it, and the rights to the Frappuccino name, to Starbucks in 1994.


In 2004, Howell founded his latest coffee company, which roasts small batches of coffee every day at the Acton roastery. The company also has a shop in Newtonville and its beans are used at many restaurants and cafes around New England.

The new café will include an espresso bar, hand-poured coffees, and coffee classes. They will also serve coffee flights, which allows for tasting several different coffees at once.

“I have always been driven to take the coffee quality experience as far as it will go, and George Howell Coffee at The Godfrey Hotel Boston will be a true showcase of sharing that passionate pursuit directly with Godfrey travelers, and the larger Downtown Crossing neighborhood,” Howell said in a statement.

Matt Viser can be reached at matt.viser@globe.com.