Handmade Coffee: Coffee with Intention

A blog post from our owners, Jennifer and Tucker. Diesel ever evolving and in constant motion, we strive to continually offer the best products possible.   Diesel is the oldest child and has run solidly on its engine for over 16 years now.   In many ways, it feels as though nothing needs touching or adjusting Read More

The Evolution of Our Brewed Coffee Offerings

This week’s contributor to the Diesel Brew Blog is one of our co-owners, Jen Park. With nearly 16 years of owning and operating a local business in Somerville, she discusses exciting changes to come in an effort to continue to offer our amazing customers the highest quality products and service.     Over the years, Read More

Little Leaps

A new post written by one of our amazing co-owners, Jen Park. Diesel, Bloc, and Forge all began as an idea. An idea that sometimes had a lot of momentum behind it and sometimes lay dormant and quiet. And now that all three stores are open and operational, they continue to beat on as a Read More

That’s no ectoplasm, that’s my latte!

This week’s blog contributor, is Shayna! Shayna can be found pouring rosettas and managing on the floor at Diesel, but also has been known to partake in several other creative endeavors. Most recently her Zine Machines, hand painted interactive zine vending machines, were featured at Zine Fest in Somerville, MA as well as in the Read More

Diesel Trivia Contest

We are lucky. We aren’t bragging or anything, but Diesel has the best customers (Ok… maybe we are bragging…). For years, many of you have come in daily for a morning treat or an afternoon study session. We’ve seen your kids grow up, and we’ve swooned over your puppies. We’ve seen you power through midterms, Read More

All I Ever Needed to Know, I Learned from Sports.

This week’s post, a contribution by co-owner, Jen Park.   I love team sports. As an extreme introvert, I have always found comfort and great solace in solitary sports like running and cycling, but even 15 years later, I still love everything about team sports. I didn’t grow up playing soccer or anything team based Read More

Halloween | Our Favorite Time of Year

This week’s blog comes from our lovely barista and stockroom wonderkid, Julia. She enjoys such things as softball, softball, things that are similar to softball, and softball. For this week’s blog, Julia is trying something a little bit different: she’s giving you guys homework. (Everyone loves homework, right?!) If you’ve come into Diesel in the Read More

Vendor Spotlight | Q’s Nuts

This week’s interview is brought to you by, Reba, our in house Administrative Assistant. Reba, an avid supporter of Girls & Ladies Rock Camp, can also be seen around town performing live with her band, The Kitschenettes. Q’s Nuts was started in 2000 by husband and wife team Beth and Brian Quinn. We are lucky Read More


This week, Jen Park, co-owner, writes an insightful post about partnerships. We have had a long standing relationship with Intelligentsia based in Chicago, and the photos below are from a recent trip.   As a small business owner, it is easy to get stuck. To get stuck in ideas or stuck in ways of doing Read More

The Student Migration | Welcome Back!

This week’s post is brought by you by Reba, she’s our office Admin Extraordinaire. She tends to favor cassette tapes over mix cds and loves a good vintage Pyrex find. She’s one of the most talented musicians we know! The city squares are a bit more crowded in September. The desks and corridors of Somerville Read More

Beauty in the Details

There is a hum, a hustle and bussle that fills the space within the walls of Diesel. A heavy aroma of coffee, music in the background, the tiny sounds that mugs and plates make as they are lifted and placed on tables are all apparent. It is in the air, an environment, a constant moving Read More

Coffee Fad or Bad Snack Idea…

This week’s contributor is Shayna, she’s back by popular demand!   Coffee fads come and go, and I hope this one leaves as quickly as it came in. Maybe it’s just a potato chip industry fad, like, lays needs to come up with the wackiest chip flavor before utz does. But perhaps they should have Read More

Artist Spotlight | Elize Nazelie

This week, we picked the brain of the artist behind Diesel’s current art show: Elize Nazelie. Elize has been a long time Diesel regular, and we are stoked to have her as our featured artist this month. Here’s a peek into her background, sandwich preferences, and furry feline muses. How/when did you discover Diesel Cafe? Read More

Summer Drinks, Summer Fun

An entry submitted by our talented Head Drink Trainer, Danielle. She is responsible for creating, implementing, and overseeing all drink training at Diesel as well as at our sister store, Bloc 11 Cafe. Quality, consistency, and service as well as a passion for coffee are all things that Danielle holds dear. It’s hot and humid, Read More

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