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Soothing lavender walls adorned with still life and pastoral paintings give a serene ambience to Fleck Coffee, a 9-seat Newton Highlands cafe that opened in February. It’s a place to get a serious caffeine fix. A rotating selection of single-origin beans and blends come from Durham, N.C., craft roaster Counter Culture. Coffee drinks are custom made (after 11 a.m.) in an array of machines: pour-over cones, French press, an AeroPress, or a Hario Syphon. “Our goal is to do a different brew method each week,” says co-owner Eric Spackman, 24, a former manager at Back Bay’s Trident Booksellers & Cafe. Spackman opened Fleck with two Sudbury Valley School friends: Robin Colby, 23, who worked for Peet’s Coffee & Tea for six years; and Jared Alperin, 24. Try a sweet drink, like a con panna ($3), a shot of espresso with whipped cream; or an affogato, a scoop of Medford’s Tipping Cow ice cream topped with espresso ($5). A pastry case has brownie triangles, cookies, and shortbread ($1.25 to $2) from Trillfoods in Cambridge, and scones from West Concord’s Nashoba Brook Bakery ($2.50). The cafe’s name is derived from the term “tiger flecking,” or the light reddish streaks, like the stripes of a tiger, on the top of a well made espresso. Spackman says the intent is to be part of the new “third wave of coffee shops” and “bring a little of Boston and Cambridge to Newton.” Fleck Coffee, 1169 Walnut St., Newton Highlands, 617-467-5904, www.fleckcoffee.com.
ANN TRIEGER KURLAND