Everything here is prepared one cup at a time, and trappings are professionally curated with exhibits changing every six weeks or so.Voltage owner Lucy Valena hates quiet coffee shops. Instead, she's cultivated a space with a vibrant energy where great minds can gather—and caffeinate. She says it was in Seattle, where she lived briefly after college, that she fell head over heels for coffee. "All I could see was how many creative projects were being accomplished rather than second guessed—and how much coffee people were drinking. It didn't seem like a coincidence," she says. Her vision was a cafe that served quality coffee without being snooty or unapproachable (no vanilla-latte shaming here) with tasteful artwork on the walls ("My biggest pet-peeve is generic paintings of coffee cups," she admits). Everything here is prepared one cup at a time, and trappings are professionally curated with exhibits changing every six weeks or so. Exotic signature lattes are not to be missed; thoughtful flavors like Earl grey infused white-chocolate ganache and molasses with lemon zest are all made in-house, and there's just enough food on the menu to keep you going. "Kendall Square just needed a living room," says Lucy, "and I'm really proud to be the owner of that living room."
The Devil May Care latte (molasses with lemon zest), $3.50 for 8 oz
Madame X latte (Earl grey infused white-chocolate ganache, $3.50 for 8 oz
Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.