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Former roaming barista Lucy Valena laid down roots to serve her unmatched espresso delights (try the caramel and salt latte) in a cheery space adorned with rotating local artwork. Simple-pleasure snacks like toast with cinnamon provide an extra jolt.
Voltage Coffee & Art, 295 3rd Street, Kendall Square (617-714-3974 or voltagecoffee.com).
She’s an actress with a Ph.D. in neuroscience — and she’s one hell of a vegan cook.