culture coffee
Original location at 709 Kennedy St, NW

Thanks to a reader for sharing the great news from the Lamond Riggs listserv:

“Good news! We have confirmed with JBG Companies that a lease has been signed for the last remaining retail space at Fort Totten Square, at the corner of Riggs and South Dakota.

Culture Coffee will be opening later this spring.

As those who were there for the very early days of this project recall, a coffee shop was one of our priorities and we are glad that has come to fruition and all the retail is complete.

Go to this website to learn more about the shop.

Please continue to frequent our retail options, which helps provide evidence that our great community can support even more, and a wider variety, of retail.”

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1822 North Capitol Street, NW courtesy Creative Grounds DC

From an email:

“We started a crowdfunding campaign that will give you a better sense of what Creative Grounds DC is, our goals and a fun video about the owners. Take a look:

The indiegogo page says:

“What Exactly is Creative Grounds DC?

Creative Grounds DC is a community space for teaching, producing and showcasing art while serving ethically sourced coffee and good eats. A true community gathering space, Creative Grounds DC goes beyond the traditional coffee bar model to include a unique and fulfilling arts education program for kids, studio rental and exhibition space. Located in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC, the space is a 2,000 sq ft facility that will serve as the go-to destination for art-related activities in the nation’s capital.

We invite YOU to join us on our journey to create spaces where we embrace and celebrate creativity and community.”

You can read more and contribute here.

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3064 Mt. Pleasant St, NW

End of a mini-era. Flying Fish opened up back in 2011. Thanks to Dave for sending word from Flying Fish:

After nearly six years in operation, Flying Fish will be closing its doors on March 12. But fear not! Coming soon will be a new concept by the owners of Each Peach Market (including some great coffee).

It has been a pleasure to be your local stop for coffee and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the friendship and support you have shown me over the years.”

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Each Peach Market opened up at 3068 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW back in 2013. Updates when more is known on the new concept.

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la colombe
1710 I Street, NW

This is La Colombe’s 5th District location joining 1140 3rd Street NE (at REI), 1346 Florida Ave NW (at the Manhattan Laundry), 900 6th St NW (in Chinatown) and the OG 924 Rear N St. NW (in Blagden Alley.)

Erin reports this morning: “wanted to give a head’s up that the La Colombe on I Street at Farragut West appears to be open now!”

La Colombe is partnering with The Sweet Lobby to offer a wide range of pastries, breads, and other food items alongside La Colombe’s traditional and inventive coffee options, including the revolutionary Draft Latte©, which is served cold on tap or can be purchased in cans to-go.

The Draft Latte, which is available in original, vanilla, mocha and triple, comes directly from the mind of Todd Carmichael, CEO and Co-Founder La Colombe, who invented the process to create a ready-to-drink, textured coffee beverage with frothed milk, cold-pressed espresso, and no added sugar.

La Colombe works directly with coffee farmers to source the best tasting, most exotic, and rarest beans, and roasts them to accentuate their natural flavors.

La Colombe Farragut Square will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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1710 I Street, NW

From a press release:

“La Colombe is set to open its newest café in the nation’s Capital at 1710 I Street NW this February. The 990-square-foot café – located along Farragut Square – will neighbor the street’s new Sweetgreen and Taylor Gourmet locations. The leading coffee company, known for ethical and long-term trade practices with growers, is committed to a vision of bringing better coffee to more people.

“Farragut Square is constantly evolving. It has a busy weekday work scene and is now a go-to destination for weekends,” said JP Iberti, President and Co-Founder of La Colombe. “We are excited to be part of this renewed energy in the neighborhood.”

Farragut Square is a cornerstone of downtown DC. The center square attracts a bustling daytime crowd as it’s surrounded by major hotels, international businesses, news outlets and countless restaurants and retailers.

La Colombe is partnering with The Sweet Lobby to offer a wide range of pastries, breads, and other food items alongside La Colombe’s traditional and inventive coffee options, including the revolutionary Draft Latte©, which is served cold on tap or can be purchased in cans to-go. (more…)

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Sweet Science Coffee (at LaPop) 1847 Columbia Rd. NW (left of photo in old Cru space)

Well this should be interesting… From Sweet Science Coffee:

“We are happy to announce that we are back in Adams Morgan and open for business as of today!
Sweet Science Coffee is partnering with LaPop, a new Community space & Lounge, located at 1847 Columbia Rd., NW (former CRU).

They provide the vibe, we provide the buzz: (more…)

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1822 North Capitol Street, NW

Ed. Note: This is the old Seaton Market.

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January, 2014

From a press release:

“Husband and wife duo, Asmara Sium and Kenn Blagburn announced the opening of Creative Grounds DC. The couple’s new venture goes beyond the traditional coffee bar model to include a unique and fulfilling arts education program for kids, studio rental and exhibition space for artists. Located in the Bloomingdale neighborhood, Creative Grounds DC is a 2,000 sq ft facility that will host artists, art related events, rental space and a coffee bar. (more…)

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1841 Columbia Road, NW

Hot damn, nice score for Adams Morgan. The liquor license placard for Pitango Gelato and Café says:

“A Gelato and Coffee Shop that serves salads, fresh baked bread, and an assorted selection of Sorbet. Seating Capacity of 49, Total Occupancy Load of 59, and a Sidewalk Cafe with 10 seats.”

They’ll be located between Lapis and Fleet Feet.

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Southern Building DC_SJG Properties
photo courtesy of Cafe Chocolat

From a press release:

“Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Café Chocolat, a premier chocolate and coffee retailer, will open at 1423 H Street, NW, Washington, DC in Spring 2017. Founder Gjergj Dollani created the “beans to bar” concept as a place to discover and experience the best in high-end chocolate and specialty coffee.

“Café Chocolat will be a unique destination among the East End’s luxury shopping, dining, hotel and entertainment district,” says Bethany Scanlon, Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Neighborhood Retail Group. “Gjergj has created the premiere destination for a chocolate experience, sweet treat and perfect gift in DC.”

Neighborhood Retail Group secured the location for Café Chocolat in DC’s Southern Building—only blocks away from the heart of Penn Quarter, Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House—appealing to both residents and the tourism community.

“At Café Chocolat we are creating an environment where consumers can discover and taste some of the best chocolates from around the world,” says Dollani. “And by Neighborhood Retail Group understanding our need for a unique space, we are able to bring this exciting concept to life.”

About Café Chocolat
Cafe Chocolat is a unique Chocolate Boutique and Coffee Bar concept established in 2015 by Gjergj Dollani, Founder and Chief Storyteller for the brand. Dollani has over a decade of experience in the high-end chocolate industry working with brands and manufacturers of various sizes including Lindt and Cacao Barry. For more information, visit www.cafechocolatdc.com.”

swing's
Photo by PoPville flickr user Jacques Arsenault

From a press release:

“This past year has indeed been a grand one for Swing’s Coffee Roasters. After celebrating its landmark 100-year anniversary in 2016, Swing’s is opening a new coffee bar in downtown D.C. at 640 14th Street NW, located in Metropolitan Square. Opening February 6th, Swing’s shop hours will be 7AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday, 8AM – 3 PM on Saturdays. The venerable coffee roaster is proud to be located in the same neighborhood as a few of the District’s famous hospitality landmarks, such as the Old Ebbitt Grill and the Hamilton. The new location for Swing’s is just a couple of blocks away from the historic “MESCo Building” where Swing’s roasted coffee from its beginnings until 1989. (more…)