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Espresso in Cambridge

I'll be visting the Boston area from Toronto early December and hope to have a Saturday afternoon in Cambridge. Can anyone recommend a cafe there for a good espresso macchiato?

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  1. Dwelltime, in my opinion, is the best, and certainly most consistent, shot of espresso in the city. Closer call once you start getting into the milk drinks, but i'd still recommend it over anywhere else. Some of their pastries are actually quite good these days too. in particular, croissants if its not too late in the afternoon, their almond tart if they have it, apple and pecan pie same. brioche skippable.

    1. +1 Dwelltime along with Voltage in Kendall.

      1. Area Four wins for me. Voltage is also worth checking out if you're in the area (closed Sunday). I don't like Dwelltime as much as the other commenters apparently.

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        1. re: Luther

          I like Dwelltime. In particular, I like it especially because they are nasty to people who show up, plop their laptop open, order nothing, and take advantage of the free wifi. My kind of place.

        2. hey, CHs, al is comin' from ToRONto; plse mention the area location of your recommended spots! i myself had no clue where dwelltime is, so:

          http://dwelltimecambridge.com/

          about a 10 minute walk from Central Sq. T stop.
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          Voltage is a 5 min walk from the Kendall Sq T stop (behind MIT
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          In Harv Sq., i often hear recs for the food at Cafe Crema on Brattle; how's their espresso?

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            1. re: opinionatedchef

              chef, i think your laptop is missing some keys.

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                I love Crema's coffee and milk-drinks (lattes, etc). Not sure I've had their espresso straight up. They brew George Howell beans.

              2. I like RJ Gourmet in East Cambridge.

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                1. re: phatchris

                  RJ was a cute spot but has, alas, closed.

                  1. re: valcfield

                    How sad.....loved their espresso. Always thought they pulled a better espresso than the Barisimo/Dwelltime guys, even though using the same beans.

                    1. re: valcfield

                      That's too bad, great espresso although every time I stopped in it was very quite.