Esselon is one of my favorite places to stop if I’m driving 91S through Hadley, MA. It’s a pretty unassuming building from the outside, but once you walk through the velvet curtain in front of the door it becomes clear that this is no ordinary coffee stop.
The ceilings are old baroque style and the walls sort of match it. Assorted tables are scattered about. There is plenty of space for someone to spread out their laptop and gear and get some work done.
The coffee is quite delicious. They roast their own beans (if you get there at the right time of day you can see them weighing giant tubs full of green coffee beans). Their mocha is amazing. It is perfectly chocolatey and not overly sweet, though I must admit LA Burdick’s still remains the best on my personal ratings scale.
They call themselves a kitchen and have a good selection of tasty food. I’ve had an amazing prosciutto sandwich on crusty bread there before, but this time it was their breakfasts I was interested in. We went for the bagel plate (toasted bagel, cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, tomato, red onion, lettuce, and a salad to be assembled as you choose, and the breakfast burrito which was good but bland- they didn’t season their eggs at all and it was obvious). Fully sated, we took the rest of our coffees back in the car to continue the journey.