Judging Cafes – First Cup Cafe


First Cup Cafe is located at 900 M Street, NW. It actually first caught me eye because I saw a number of books stacked in the windows, which I always think is a sign of a good cafe. They even have their own Web site:

“At First Cup Cafe, we serve freshly prepared sandwiches and an assorted flavors of Coffees from around the world including Brazilian, Columbian and Ethiopian. Try our dark roasted coffee or the refreshing light roasted coffee.

In addition to our coffees, we also serve freshly prepared smoothies in a variety of flavors such as Raspberry, Strawberry, Banana, Pina Colada, Peach, Mango and our house specialty – Green tea smoothies.”

Sounds pretty sweet. Any fans out there. Is this a good place for breakfast as well? A good place to study? What’s the word?

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  • Vonstallin

    Ah, i drive past this 2 work every morning. They had a real bad fire early part of 08 (i think thats the time) The remodeld and change up the place a little bit. Summer time I see alot of people and their dogs sitting out front totaly relaxing. Looks like a nice spot for sidewalk coffee. If I had a friend with a dog, id go and order a cup of CoCo and take in the atmosphere.

  • I love this place! It’s run by an Ethiopian woman who couldn’t be nicer. The back room has lots of table space and a surprising amount of light. I’ve sat there writing for hours and hours. The breakfasts are fine (a little generic except for some yummy quiche-like thing they call stratta) but for downtown, the space can’t be beat.

  • hm… clearly I haven’t been there in a while. It is no longer Breakwell’s, it seems? I was a huge fan of the breakfast burritos, but haven’t been in there since the name change.

  • Vonstallin

    IntangibleArts Says:

    January 29th, 2009 at 12:34 pm
    hm… clearly I haven’t been there in a while. It is no longer Breakwell’s, it seems? I was a huge fan of the breakfast burritos, but haven’t been in there since the name change.

    maybe it chaged owners along with name after the fire….It was borded up for a good little while.

  • Yes this cafe was formerly known as Breakwell’s. Breakwell’s used to heat up breakfast sandwhiches in the microwave. They didn’t even try to hide it. They basically heated up some hot pockets and charged you 5 bucks for it.

    I’m glad to see Breakwell’s gone and will definetly give the new place a try.

  • never had the alleged re-heated sandwiches, but the burritos were pretty hip, griddled on the spot. Perfect with an over-dose of sriracha once I got it back to the ofc. And they had re-opened as Breakwell’s after the fire (or did i hallucinate that?) So this seems to be a post-post-fire event.

    eh. I’ll have to try these folks now.

  • I used to live 3 blocks from this place, and had many a hungover breakfast here. The breakfast burritos are delicious (and HUGE — i often split it, or had the other half for breakfast the next day). The owner and cook are super nice, and it’s a great cozy little spot. Not too expensive either — the burritos are about $6, and they’re the most expensive breakfast option.

  • The strattas are great. The coffee is a little weak. Azis down the street gives a stronger cup. You can’t be beat the atmosphere. I am currently reading the The Alienist by Caleb Carr from their book collection.

  • I live in this neighborhood, and this place isn’t bad. I like Azi’s better. But suppot them both if you can. We need more independent coffee houses in DC!!

  • PoP- since someone mentioned it, I wonder if you could do a places-you-can-bring-your-dog (to sit outside, bring inside, what have you).

    If you’ve already covered this topic, my apologies.

  • Nice to see more happening around the convention center. I love conventions in DC — a zippy ride down the 79 bus!

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