Tamper Cafe – Medford, MA

Tamper is a Tufts University hangout located right next to campus. This coffee shop has a full food menu and also serves beer and wine. While I am sure once it is later in the day it gets a bit louder, this cafe was really quiet when I went with my friend on a summer…

Simon’s Coffee Shop- Cambridge, MA

Simon’s Coffee Shop is a tiny gem located right before Porter Square.  Simon’s is a simple place with only a little seating, but the coffee is amazing.  Serving Barismo coffee, the coffee is full and balanced leaving you wanting more.  The lattes are delicious, with just the right amount of foam and a creamy texture….

Mariposa Bakery-Central Square, Cambridge, MA

Mariposa is one of the more simple coffee shops I have been to.  Right after walking in the rustic feel calmed me down.  The colors in this shop are dark contributing to the tranquil atmosphere of Mariposa.  Most of the people there were meeting friends to catch up or grabbing coffee before work.  I was…

Tatte Bakery-Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

When it comes to Tatte’s coffee, I may be a little biased since I am a huge fan of Stumptown Roasters, which is served at this bakery.  The latte has smooth foam and bold espresso which was comforting on the cold snowy day I first went to Tatte.  Unfortunately, the iced coffee is pretty mediocre…

Flour Bakery- Central Square, Cambridge, MA

When I first walked into Flour I was overwhelmed by the amount of people in the bakery right after work.  Not only does Flour have baked goods and coffee, but it also has a variety of salads, sandwhiches, and other meals.  Since the food looked delicious, I was not expecting the coffee to be outstanding….

Bourbon Coffee- Porter Square, Cambridge, MA

Bourbon Coffee, connected to Lesley University in Cambridge, has the feel of a Starbucks with slightly better coffee.  The drinks are nothing special, but if you are in the area and need caffeine it’ll do the trick.  This coffee shop seemed to be mostly college students or older people reading or studying.  The espresso was…

Area Four-Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

Area Four is definitely the trendiest brunch location in Kendall Square.  This popular spot near MIT, is part-cafe, part-restaurant, part-bar.  This place is great whether you want a quick cup of coffee or to sit and chat with friends. The latte was pretty good, but not one of the best I’ve had.  The espresso was…

1369 Coffee House- Central Square, Cambridge, MA

Right as I walked into 1369 Coffee House, I fell in love with this quaint shop. The Central Square location had indoor and outdoor seating.  The decorations in the shop were eclectic; from clocks to pictures of lattes to mini table lamps. In the morning, this location was calm and relaxing. I felt as if…

Voltage- Kendall Square, Cambridge,

This corner coffee shop is a fun place to sip coffee and read or do work.  Located near MIT and in a hub of biotechnology, the customer base is mostly college students or business people.  Not only does this shop have impressive art displays, but it also has a huge shelf filled with books for…

Darwin’s- Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

Both locations, hidden just outside the center of Harvard Square, are known for their coffee and sandwiches. Despite the fact that there is a considerable amount of seating, the constant flow of customers causes difficulty in finding a spot to sit.  The coffee and espresso is very strong and bold.  For those who need an extra…