All About Crema

May 6, 2005


Thursday we woke up early again and went to the Louvre with no line! Saw the Mona Lisa, etc…it was like a zoo and really hot in there. We walked around a few different exhibits but we were both dragging since we hadn’t eaten yet, so we didn’t see too much else and then went on the search for food. We had planned a large portion of our day around going to this place that had an amazing looking brunch but when we walked all the way back to it, it wasn’t open.  That was disappointing but we obviously did not go hungry. We restaurant hopped instead.  Got a quiche at one place, followed by a panini and half of a really bad cappuccino before we found this really cute boulangerie! It had wooden tables and very earthy tones, and all the tables had a spread of jams, butter, honey, chocolate, and hazelnut praline. We were disappointed we hadn’t found it sooner but that did not stop us from eating! It was AMAZING and while we were sitting there we had a great idea of opening our own variation of this place in Boston. Who knows?!

Taken from Marley’s and Liza’s travel journals

That’s where it all began…The idea for Crema sprouted while we were studying and traveling abroad together in Europe. It wasn’t the grand museums and palaces, incomparable shopping, or even the thumping discotecas that made us most excited in each new city; it was the cafes. We loved the little neighborhood spots best, the ones that had freshly made pastries and perfectly steamed cappuccinos.  After Paris, discovering our favorite cafes in each new city took on more meaning as we imagined our own someday-cafe.

The seed planted on that trip started to grow roots when we graduated from The University of Michigan and moved back to Boston. Marley was working with her dad, Tom, at his Harvard Square restaurants, Felipe’s Taqueria & Flat Patties. Liza was working as a real estate agent in the Cambridge area while exploring what career path she wanted to dig her heels into. In the midst of our post-college-what’s-next journey, a prime piece of real estate at 27 Brattle Street came into the picture and it seemed like fate had stepped in.We saw a void in Harvard Square that needed to be filled; the Square needed an independent, neighborhood café where people could come together and enjoy hand-crafted beverages and fresh pastries. We pitched our idea to Tom, who became our third partner, and together we turned 27 Brattle into Crema Cafe.

In April of 2008, we turned on the ovens, brewed our first batch of coffee and opened Crema’s doors. We’ve been busting out homemade goodness and crafting caffeinated (and decaffeinated) beverages along with freshly squeezed juices ever since. All of our pastries are made from scratch daily using traditional techniques. Our pastry collection combines classic favorites with our own signature creations. Whichever pastry you’re craving, at Crema it will always be just-out-of-the-oven perfection. Pair it with a latte poured with love by one of our talented baristas, and you’ve got yourself the breakfast of champions. As the day carries on, we roll out an array of freshly made desserts (including our famous cupcakes!) and a lunch menu full of hot-off-the-press sandwiches with house-roasted meats, inventive spreads, many homemade breads and seasonal soups that change daily.

Crema has bloomed into something all its own, but our initial intentions are still at its core. From the beginning, local customers responded to Crema as their neighborhood cafe, and tourists came in and delighted in finding this buzzing local spot – it was exactly the reaction we’d dreamed of. Every time we see someone new excited to discover Crema we remember exactly why we opened. We hope Crema leaves you with a smile; whether it’s the smile from the person making a sandwich, the one from a new friend at the communal table, or the smile you feel across your own face as you take the first sip of your morning coffee. Thank you to everyone who has been and continues to be a part of Crema. We love you.

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