"Very People's Republic of Cambridge", these "hipsteresque coffeehouses" in Central and Inman Squares are an "indie" "alternative" for "first-rate" brews and "tasty" sandwiches, quiche and other snacks courtesy of an "efficient", "attitude-free staff"; they're "convenient" for a "pick-me-up" while you "hang out" or "work on your manuscript", though "often-crowded" quarters mean "you'll never feel rushed, but you might wish some of your fellow patrons did."
The coffee was rancid. The place was nice, but you can't run a coffeeshop on just a decent atmosphere.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Hey Eric. Sorry you didn't like the coffee. Can I ask what you had? We're pretty careful about keeping everything fresh, and want to fix whatever issue might have caused the coffee to taste bad. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love it if you'd give us another shot on me.
I'll stop here from time to time for a dirty soy chai, which is pretty good and their pastries are also nice. However, their coffee is otherwise just so-so and they sadly do not do pour overs. I prefer other spots in the area instead.
whenever i'm in central square and have cash (they're cash-only) i make a point of stopping by here for one of the best pulled shots of espresso in the boston area. inside, people like to sit and study, but when the weather is nice and people sit outside, it's a great place to observe the life of central square.
Any coffee shop that has soy milk gets a high rating in my book. But 1369 also has a great variety of flavor shots including my favorite, BANANA. I also really enjoy when they pit tip jars against each other like "Homer the Greek" and "Homer the Simpson"
Best espresso in Inman / Central / Union. Expert pulls of espresso coffee with awesome crema and none of the smug attitude found in lesser baristas at other shops in Cambridge. This place is the heart and soul of Inman Sq.!
I came and had a great jasmine tea here the other day. Perfect location at the time. I actually liked the music nice change. The place is good to do work not exactly new but decent seating. They had a wide selection of cakes and pastries but none looked that spectacular. Their coffee menu was decent and their espresso drinks looked good. Weird WIFI policy I think some time is free but after that you have to pay. IMPORTANT cash only.