At Tamper near Tufts, a healthy helping of breakfast, lunch

Above: Tufts students Carrie Gershoff and Bradley Balandis enjoy brunch at Tamper Cafe. Top (from left): turkey club sandwich, Americano coffee, and brioche French toast.
Above: Tufts students Carrie Gershoff and Bradley Balandis enjoy brunch at Tamper Cafe. Top (from left): turkey club sandwich, Americano coffee, and brioche French toast.Photos by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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The stretch of Boston Avenue in Medford that runs behind the Tufts University campus has long been known for the most classic of college cuisine: greasy, gooey pizza. So when the new cafe Tamper opened in October, throwing around buzzwords like “organic,” “sustainable,” and “humanely-raised,” it caught attention in the neighborhood.

Tamper, named for the instrument to make espresso, serves breakfast and lunch daily, brunch on weekends. Liebman and business partner Jason Hutchinson cofounded Boloco with one of Liebman’s Boston University pals in 1997, serving healthy burritos. After leaving the company four years ago, Liebman was tipped off that the chain would be closing its Tufts area branch. He was offered the space for a new venture.

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