This past weekend I arranged for a blind croissant tasting to identify which coffee shop in the South End serves the very best. To help me, I enlisted three friends from France who now live here in the US to sample and critique croissants from five South End cafes.
Cafe Madeleine (above) wins in blind tasting for best croissant in South End
Croissants were judged on three criteria: size, texture and taste. Each category was weighted differently with taste being the most important. While none of the selected cafes achieved a perfect score; Cafe Madeleine was the clear winner – consistently achieving the highest scores from everyone.
Flour in the South End finished with a respectable second place but the remaining three cafes; Wholy Grain, South End Buttery and Appleton Cafe scored very low, suggesting there is a lot of opportunity to improve.
Thank you to Sergio, David, Mark, Frederic and Olivier for all your help.