Last time I met with Reuben Silberman, his coffee shop Mugshots was in a tiny space on Main Street in downtown Belmont. There was barely room for four people, and those people better have been comfortable with each other. Space was tight.
Two years later, Mugshots has outgrown its small quarters. It moved this week to an old train station, built in the early 1900s. The new space is a few blocks from the original location and in the center of downtown Belmont. The coffee shop has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. It boasts 16-foot high ceilings and large windows. Bicycle-themed decor, an open layout and the friendly staff make for a relaxed vibe.
Silberman and his former business partner, Darren Ellis, named their business Mugshots as a throwback to their former careers as police officers. Ellis has since moved to California, and Silberman runs the coffee shop.
The coffee shop uses beans from Mountain Grounds Artisan Roastery in California. They are sustainably sourced and purchased directly from growers in places including Honduras, Ethiopia and Colombia. Right now, Alfonso Polanco’s beans from Honduras are featured on the menu. Brewed coffee is hand-poured, ground-to-order and the weight and temperature are controlled. Almond, oat, coconut and dairy milk are available.
Lattes, espressos and house-made syrups are available. “The lavender vanilla syrup is sugar-infused with Madagascar vanilla beans,” Silberman said. “The other [syrup] is rosemary, ginger, brown sugar.”
There are plenty of options if you don’t drink coffee. The Mexican hot chocolate is made with chili-infused honey, chocolate and cinnamon. Both white and milk hot chocolate are on the menu. They also have made-in-house small-batch artisan kombucha on tap.
Teas are rotated seasonally. White peony, hairy crab Oolong, sencha green and matcha teas are currently available. Their housemade chai is steeped for 24 hours with freshly ground ginger root.
Silberman partners with a local baker for breads, cookies, quiches and meat pies with vegetarian options. Banana nut bread, brownies, blueberry bread, lemon bars, sugar and chocolate chip cookies are available daily, for $3-$4. Silberman hopes to add avocado toast, bagels and donuts to the menu in the coming weeks.
“I’m most excited to meet the demand of my customer base and attract new ones,” Silberman said. “I’m looking forward to hosting latte art competitions, kombucha-making and homebrew classes.”
4 N. Main St., Belmont
7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday;
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday