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Jan 30, 2012 11:45 AM

Best coffee shops near red line T-stops in Cambridge

I'm looking for some interesting coffee shops where I can have work meetings (I work from home), that are near the red line and also have good coffee! Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. As of now, I usually go to 1369 in Central, which is nice, but I'd like to mix it up a little.

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  1. Voltage, on 3rd street in Kendall Square.

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    1. re: honestcuisine

      Second that for Voltage.

      Keep your eyes open on Broadway in Cambridge for Dwell Time cafe opening soon by the Barismo crew......

      My favs are 1369 in Central Square, Diesel in Davis Square, and Barismo in East Arlington. I like a variety of beans for home brewing but Barismo ranks very high -- I also go for out of town beans, like Black Cat (Intelligentsia), Hair Bender (Stumptown) because they're decent and convenient to pick up.

    2. Simon's, which is about halfway between Harvard and Porter is very good.

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      1. re: newhound

        Seconded, though definitely closer to Porter.

        I'm not so sure about the coffee being of the highest standard, but Bourbon Coffee (newly opened in Porter Exchange) might be a nice environment and is bigger than Simon's. If it was purely about the coffee I'd only suggest Simon's.

        1. re: chickendhansak

          Bourbon is a gorgeous space, and much more amenable to a meeting than Simon's, which is narrow and has only tiny tables, mostly lined against a wall. Simon's coffee is great, though.

          On the other hand, I had a decaf espresso at Bourbon that was so bad that I dumped it out. Didn't make me want to try any of their other coffee offerings...

      2. I don't know how all these will work as a place for a work meeting (size, privacy, wifi, etc), but here are a few suggestions. Bonus is most have good baked good or sandwiches if more than just coffee is needed.

        In Harvard Sq: Burdicks and Crema

        Between Harvard and Central, but short walk from Harvard T: Petsi Pie on Putnam.

        Central: Andala Coffee House @ the corner of Franklin and River for non traditional coffees (Turkish, Arabic) as well as the traditional (lattes, french press, espresso, etc) and tea.

        Also in Central: Clear Conscience Cafe on Mass

        Also in Central: Toscanini on Main

        Also in Central (heading towards MIT): Flour on Mass

        Kendall: Area Four on Main Street

        Also in Kendall: Voltage on Third St (?). Good lattes, but very slow service

        1. Another vote for Voltage. Love it there.

          1. When it opens sometime in February, Dwelltime on Broadway will no doubt serve excellent coffee. It's about a 10 minute walk from the Central Sq T.