Coffee is real good when you drink it – it gives you time to think. It’s a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.
Fuel is located in the very heart of Great Barrington, Massachusetts – the commercial center of the South Berkshires. We’re at 286 Main Street on Route 7, in between the candy store and Baba Louie’s.
We are an event, a place to be. You can sit quietly with a cappuchino or visit with friends while you enjoy your Avocado Montalban or surf the web, a smoothie at your side. Or get what you need to take out.
Looking for something simple: have an onion bagel with butter or cream cheese, an almond croissant, an apricot ginger scone, or one of our delicious blueberry muffins.
It was a pleasant cafe, warm and clean and friendly, and I hung up my old water-proof on the coat rack to dry and put my worn and weathered felt hat on the rack above the bench and ordered a cafe au lait. The waiter brought it and I took out a notebook from the pocket of the coat and a pencil and started to write.
FUEL is the daughter of the Great Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, founded by Heather Austin. Heather not only brought the first espresso/capuccino emporium to Great Barrington, but was also responsible for the town’s great sushi invasion. When Heather had enough of the food and drink business she passed the coffee shop on to Robin and Will Curletti.
They provide Great Barrington with creative coffee – a place where doctors and waitresses, mechanics and social workers come together to share coffee and tea and pastry and continuing conversations about matters large and small. Town politics, relationship advice, and international affairs are spoken here at all hours.
In 2008, the greatest of the sandwich makers, Frankie T. from his sanctuary in Central America blessed Fuel with his secret recipes for the sandwiches that made him beloved throughout the Berkshires. Frankie T and Boomer – Deli soup maker extraordinaire – then traveled to Fuel to present Robin with their secrets of the trade, and Great Barrington is once again happy to have its Arlos and McGuidos and Avocado Mantalbans.