Retrospect Coffee and Tea Closes Downtown
1020 19th Street, NW

Thanks to a couple of readers for sending word. Retrospect Coffee and Tea opened up at 19th and L St, NW back in July 2013. Their phone has been disconnected but their website said:

“Retrospect Coffee and Tea is a European-style coffeehouse with rich international flavor and an appreciation for both the art and the science of making the world’s finest beverages. Located in downtown Washington D.C. at 19th and K NW, it offers traditional Italian espresso, cappuccino, lattes, French press, café au lait, Spanish cortado, Soviet coffee, Swiss café, Turkish and Vietnamese coffees. Additionally, Retrospect features black coffee specially prepared using the pour-over method – each cup is handmade using precision calibrated equipment and its preparation is perfectly measured and timed.

Retrospect also offers a wide variety of specialty teas including such exquisite brands as Oolong, Phoenix, Peony White, Kenya Black, Herbal Energizer and Holy Detox. All of our teas are crafted with the best possible all-natural ingredients. Retrospect also offers an authentic Masala Chai that highlights the complexity and depth of flavor of quality black tea as well as a meticulously crafted selection of Indian spices.

In addition to coffee and tea service, Retrospect offers a lighter food menu, which ranges from New York style bagels and simple yet hearty breakfast sandwiches to gourmet items such as European Salami and salmon gourmet sandwiches. Delicious pastries are also available.”

Updates when we learn who takes over the space.


5 Comment

  • Egad

    I enjoyed the coffee but this doesn’t surprise me. Service was very slow, they didn’t like to take cards, there were never very many customers when I was there, and the rent had to be steep. I think I read somewhere that the owner was a former attorney? It had a lovely atmosphere and I had hoped that this place would find its groove but the cards seemed stacked against it in the fast paced world of K Street.

    • I went here a few times and agree with all of this. Plus the Korean place next door serves good Illy coffee and there are a bunch of Starbucks all over the place.

    • Same, I liked the coffee but the service was oddly unfriendly. That, combined with the out-of-my-way location did not inspire me to go back.

  • I still miss Java Green.

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