ADAMS — A new downtown business is starting a revolution — and it's well-caffeinated.

The Coffee Liberation Front, situated adjacent to the busy Ashuwillticook Rail Trail on Park Street, was opened recently by husband-and-wife team Chris and Alison Cuff.

Originally from Eastern Massachusetts, the couple discovered the Berkshires in the 1980s and eventually purchased a home in Savoy three years ago.

After more than a year of working to make the cafe a reality — often traveling between the East Coast and Savoy on weekends — the couple said they are glad they made the permanent move to the Berkshires.

"We were just looking for something to do, something to support ourselves, and we didn't want to work for anybody else," Chris said.

Throughout the lengthy renovation of the 125-year-old building, they relied on local support.

"We relied heavily on the people in the area," Chris said, later adding ""I'm overwhelmed by the graciousness of the people in this community."

The coffee is the focal point of the business, with several different organic roasts available, including a decaffeinated option. The Coffee Liberation Front offers an eclectic and revolving vegetarian menu.

"We're here to liberate you from the same old coffee," Chris said.

Chris and Alison are some of the first in the area to hop on the new trend of offering artisan toast, with a multitude of bread options and decadent spreads. Those in the mood for something sweet can find a range of unique Austrian baked goods. There's also a salad of the week and fresh fruit smoothies.


"If we keep it small and intimate, then we can do that each week," Alison said.

Despite the attention to detail, Alison and Chris say they aren't coffee snobs and "closer to hippie than hipster."

The business just finished its first week, and all signs have been positive.

Chris and Alison are thrilled to be next to the bike path, which they often use themselves. It resembles much of what brought them to the community: its residents' love of nature, health and sense of community.

"This is an absolute gem," Alison said. "It's a beautiful little town."

Chris, Alison and their business already have been welcomed into the community with open arms — even bouquets of flowers from other businesses on their first days open. The Cuffs say they will work to reciprocate that warmth.

"It's very important to us to greet people with a smile and say 'Thank you,' " Alison said. "We want people to know we appreciate them coming in."

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.

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