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FUEL GREAT BARRINGTON: Bistro, Coffee Shop, Spirits

As you may know we’ve have made great changes – we’ve moved across

the street and are expanding our offerings.

We are doing the very same thing with this website.

So please be patient while we transition from what was to what is.

Many thanks

Robin and Will



Thanks to our good friend, artist Gregory Crewdson:

We set off on a quest to nearby Great Barrington for a cup of Crewdson’s favourite coffee. Weaving the car through streets dotted with characters that could come out of his photographs, he chats enthusiastically about music. The coffee turns out to be some kind of devilish cold-brew, hot-water hybrid that is delicious and bracingly potent; a morning visit to this aptly named Fuel coffee shop is an integral part of the summer swimming ritual.

The UK Times, June 13, 2017

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.

Gertrude Stein

Fuel is located in the very heart of Great Barrington, Massachusetts – the commercial center of the South Berkshires.  We’re at 293 Main Street on Route 7, right beside Tom’s Toys.

We are an event, a place to be.   You can sit quietly with a cappuchino or visit with friends while you enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner or surf the web, a latte at your side.  Or get what you need to take out.

Looking for something simple: have 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.

Ernest Hemingway


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 some of its McGuidos once again.