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The Sprudge Coffee Guide To Washington, DC

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Washington, DC is a complicated city, the capital of a complicated country. But despite what lore may tell you—it’s not all politicians, diplomats, and monuments here. Indeed, it’s a thriving city with no shortage of diverse food, and more recently, coffee options. Whatever your pleasure, DC’s coffee scene has grown into a landscape where anyone of any leaning can find the right drink in the right place. Here are some of the options.

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A comfortably hip coffee and cocktail bar, Slipsteam is the perfect place to grab a light meal, a pick-me-up, or a nightcap. Dimly lit and sleek in design, the busy pace of this cafe is betrayed by its intimate feeling. The folks at Slipstream aim to make specialty coffee accessible to everyone. The coffee menu is clear and concise, divided into four distinct categories: Comfort, Bright, Fruit, and Floral. Madcap Coffee provides the house beans and additional guest roasters appear on the shelves frequently. Expect the clientele to be hunched over laptops during the first half of the day and having lively conversations in the evenings.

Slipstream has multiple locations throughout Washington, DC. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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Colony Club

Capitalizing on cool, the Colony Club is an inviting coffee and cocktail bar with room to stretch out. The space itself is long and thin but boasts a second floor as well as ample outdoor seating. Most of the tables are communal which allows a more social experience than many modern coffeehouses. Sey Coffee fuels the batch brew and Heart Coffee Roasters the espresso. Pour-overs are available via Kalita Wave, or get a Chemex to share. If you’re a ping pong enthusiast, you’ll be happy to find a table upstairs for your enjoyment. Vibrant, energetic, and youthful, those lucky enough to live near the Colony Club have a stellar way to start and end their day.

Colony Club is located at 3118 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


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Fox Loves Taco

Earning points for having the best combination of things ever, Fox Loves Taco is a cafe with solid coffee and delectable tacos on the menu (featured here as part of Sprudge’s Build-Outs of Summer). Located by the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, this cafe offers its own divine experience.

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The coffee program features Coava Coffee Roasters and Brandywine Coffee Roasters. The space is bright and cozy, and as makes perfect sense for an espresso bar/taqueria—is also shared with a bike shop. Sipping on an espresso while enjoying a smoked tofu taco will make you feel as warm and fuzzy as the shop’s namesake.

Fox Loves Taco is located at 716 Monroe St NE in Washington, DC. Check out their official website and find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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Peregrine Espresso

Considered by many to be the area standard, Peregrine Espresso carries the torch of Washington, DC coffee culture in a steady hand. The company was born from a cafe love story and since 2008 the married owners have grown the business to three cafes and a sister roasting company, Small Planes Coffee, whose coffee is served in many of the surrounding coffeehouses. If you need a good cup of coffee and Peregrine Espresso is nearby, know that you are in good hands at any Peregrine location.

Peregrine Espresso has multiple locations around Washington, DC. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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The Coffee Bar

As the coffee industry grows and changes, many are trying to shed the image of the surly barista. It sounds like a small thing, but bad customer service can make even the best of coffees taste sour, which is why The Coffee Bar’s friendly staff struck me. They greeted patrons with a smile and were engaged throughout each interaction. Their Shaw area cafe is eclectic and bright, full of reclaimed artifacts and whimsical decorations. A multi-roaster cafe that features up to four roasters at a time, those who frequent The Coffee Bar are unlikely to get bored.

The Coffee Bar has multiple locations around Washington, DC. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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A Baked Joint

High-energy A Baked Joint is a serious bakery with a serious coffee program. A spinoff of popular DC cupcake-and-coffee spot Baked & Wired, A Baked Joint is an experience all its own. The focus on food (there’s a full bread menu, along with breakfast, lunch, and pizza) is well met by a slate of quality coffee drinks, which includes a selection of boozy buzzes as well. The space is big, with tables and standing counters near the front and a comfy lounge area toward the back. It’s hard to pigeonhole the vibe of A Baked Joint, but you’ll find this place bouncing at all hours.

A Baked Joint is located at 440 K St NW, Washington, DC. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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Kintsugi Cafe

If you’re looking for a beautiful experience for both your eyes and your palate, this hotel cafe should be your next stop. Named after the art of repairing broken pottery with gold-infused lacquer, Kintsugi pays homage to creation through destruction. The design is sleek, with accents of black, gold, and polished wood—echoed in the Slayer espresso machine on the counter. Coffee is provided by Red Rooster Coffee of nearby Virginia. Treating yourself to an espresso here will make you feel both elegant and hip.

Kintsugi Cafe is located at 1201 K St NW 1st Floor, Washington, DC. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


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Known as DC’s living room, this 20-year-old institution has seen many a dissertation written, cured numerous hangovers, and been a home away from home to countless people. This huge, packed cafe is loaded with comfy couches and easy chairs, numerous laptops, animated conversations, and Counter Culture Coffee. Coffeehouses like this awaken long-forgotten desires to be a member of the Friends crew at Central Perk—but in DC, and real life. Equal parts cafe, restaurant, and bar, Tryst has all your needs covered.

Tryst is located at 2459 18th St NW, Washington, DC. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


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The Wydown Coffee Bar

Beautifully designed, hospitality-driven, and perpetually bustling, The Wydown Coffee Bar on 14th Street seems to be everyone’s pet favorite coffee shop. From the line out to the sidewalk, you might assume that a small coffee counter hides behind its doors, but inside you’ll find multiple baristas manning pour-over stations, dual espresso machines, and an appetizing spread of pastries. This multi-roaster cafe features Passenger Coffee Roasters and is quick and efficient. If you are lucky enough to find a seat, the people-watching is superb.

The Wydown Coffee Bar has multiple locations around Washington, DC. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Eric Tessier is a freelance journalist based in Providence, RI. Read more Eric Tessier on Sprudge.

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Build-Outs Of Summer: Cohesive Coffee In Greenville, SC

By aeropress, Build-Outs Of Summer, Cafes, Cohesive Coffee, Cooperative Roasters, Greenville, josh williams, Kalita Wave, La Marzocco Linea Classic, Matt McDaniel, North America, South Carolina, Staff Picks, USA, White Duck Taco

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Journey now with us down to Greenville, South Carolina, the home of our next installment of the Build-Outs of Summer, Cohesive Coffee. Located in the new Junctions at Downtown Airport development, Cohesive is a community-focused cafe hoping to bring individuals from all walks of life together over a shared love of one thing: coffee.

Open for a little over a week now, Cohesive wants to be a spot for everyone, coffee drinker and non-coffee drinker alike. But for the coffee drinker, they are working with Asheville, North Carolina’s Cooperative Coffee for both espresso-based drinks and filter options, along with a few regional guest roasters making the occasional appearance. And from the looks of things, the brand new Cohesive Coffee in Greenville, South Carolina is off to a great start!

The 2019 Build-Outs of Summer is presented by Pacific Barista SeriesnotNeutralKeepCup, and Mill City Roasters.

As told to Sprudge by Josh Williams.

For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?

We are a community focused shop specializing in creating welcoming experiences for the coffee aficionado to the glass of milk drinker and everything in between.

We also have lived the past year as a mobile bus!

We have a four-fold strategy as to what makes us “Cohesive”
1) Everyone has a seat at the table
2) Kindness is cool
3) Every drink is a work of art
4) We don’t have customers, we have family

We want to be a place where cultures collide. Where different beliefs, people groups, and more can find unity in a common love: coffee and tea.

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Can you tell us a bit about the new space?

Our new space features 1,700 square feet including a 20-foot open bar and seating for around 30 people. Mid-century modern touches and minimal but bright color palettes will surround the space.

We are in a development called the Junction at Downtowns Airport, in the heart of Greenville with a restaurant, White Duck Taco, and 10 other customer driven businesses; there’s even a soccer training facility for our local pro team!

What’s your approach to coffee?

Coffee is a science and it is something we desire to continue to research and learn. We want to make sure that every drink we create has the customer in mind, from visual appeal to taste to customization to accommodate sweetness or alternative milks.

Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?

A La Marzocco Linea Classic two-group. This thing is a work horse and easy to train on.

Our pour-over bar will consist of Kalita Waves, a siphon or two, and potentially some special AeroPress recipes on standby.

As far as coffee, our anchor will be Cooperative Roasters out of Asheville. Matt McDaniel has been a huge mentor to me so it made perfect sense to use him! We are also going to feature regional roasters as another way to build community.

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How is your project considering sustainability?

By having a close relationship with our roaster, we are able to have an open line of communication as far as to where coffees are sourced from and the farms they come from. We want to honor and celebrate these farmers as much as possible.

What’s your hopeful target opening date/month?

Mid August 2019

Are you working with craftspeople, architects, and/or creatives that you’d like to mention?

NexGen Contractors has done an amazing buildout so far, and an amazing local artist and barista Brandon Seabrook Nelson is painting a large design feature behind the bar!

Thank you!

My pleasure!

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Cohesive Coffee is located at 301 Airport road, Unit A, Greenville. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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