Washington DC is brimming with unique, local coffee shops. Having visited many coffee shops throughout DC, I am going to highlight three must-see shops next time you visit our nation’s capital.
Located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington DC, this beautiful building displays the compass logo on the corner of the brick. The cafe is large and well lit with a friendly feel. Compass has an expansive specialty coffee menu and features special coffee drinks unique to Compass. With coffee beans roasted on location at their in house ‘Coffee Lab’, the coffee is fresh and available for purchase. Owned by two former marines the Compass Coffee motto is, “Nothing too fancy, nothing too crazy or hard to pronounce, just real good coffee.”
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This is exactly what you will find here. Compass Coffee is down to earth coffee shop where you can purchase a fresh cup of coffee. My first visit was a memorable one with friendly baristas and good, fresh coffee. I actually ordered a total of five different coffee drinks before leaving AND a bag of coffee for home! Compass Coffee is a place that will be enjoyed by all.
1535 7th St. NW, Washington DC, plus there are two additional Compass Coffee Washington DC locations.
M E Swing Coffee Co.
Swings Coffee has been a part of the Washington DC coffee culture for over 100 years so when you visit, you are experiencing a piece of Washington DC history. Offering two locations in DC, their 14th Street cafe allows you to experience the history of Swings Coffee. The cafe houses their roasting facility and a cupping room. Cupping events are free and open
to the public every Friday.
Featuring a full specialty coffee menu and pour over bar, Swings Coffee is a must see for the coffee lover visiting DC. I was mesmerized on my first visit and noticed the cafe has unique pieces of history inside the cafe. The cafe has large garage-style doors on the front of the building and on nice days, the doors are opened so that you can enjoy your coffee and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Located at 640 14th St. NW, Washington DC.
La Colombe Coffee
Offering the Washington DC area five locations, this coffee shop is my absolute favorite! Todd Carmichael, the founder of La Colombe has been in the coffee industry for thirty years and was the host of the cable tv show, Common Grounds. Known for their ‘draft latte’, (a creamy coffee-milk drink that is served on tap) which tastes best fresh from the tap in the cafes – there is no other coffee drink like it!
Offering many specialty drinks that you can’t get anywhere else, La Colombe is one of my favorite coffee shops! Each cafe is just stunning and visually appealing to any coffee enthusiast. Each La Colombe Coffee cafe offers a specialty coffee menu. If you can only visit one coffee shop while you are in DC, this is the one to visit – just be sure you try the sumptuous draft latte.
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Blogger Crystal Dallke is a wife and mom with two little boys. She is a self-professed coffee enthusiast and author of The Cappuccino Traveler blog. Passionate about supporting local, her blogs highlight local coffee shops and roasters throughout the U.S. as well as featuring third wave coffee education. Crystal loves to spend her free time geocaching with her family and exploring new coffee methods at home.
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