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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…)

creative grounds dc
1822 North Capitol Street, NW

Ed. Note: This is the old Seaton Market.

Seaton-market
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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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.”

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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…)

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1317 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“DGS Delicatessen and Colony Club are joining forces to bring DuPont Circle top-notch coffee and bagels. Sadie’s will operate out of the DGS sandwich counter from 7am-11am, Monday-Friday, so you can grab a latte and breakfast before DGS opens its doors for lunch.

Sadie’s Weekdays, a collaboration between cousins and friends, is a nod to the classic New York bagel shop, with an emphasis on quality ingredients and preparation. Expect to see a bagel with soft scrambled egg, cheddar cheese, and crispy DGS pastrami. The bagels are coming from DC’s own Bullfrog Bagels. Colony Club’s baristas will be behind the counter, brewing Ceremony Coffee (Annapolis, MD) and pulling shots of Tandem Coffee (Portland, ME).

The Sadie’s team is looking forward to improving your mornings in a big way starting Monday, January 30th.”

Check out the menu: Sadie’s Menu (PDF)

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3917 Georgia Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I work from home several days a week and many times I find myself at Qualia or other coffee shops to start my day. Going to Qualia is always a crapshoot given the limited seating options, but I do enjoy their freshly roasted beans. This morning, there happened to be seats, but when I asked for the wifi password, I was told “they were not doing wifi anymore.” I had already paid for my coffee and there was no signage indicating this new policy. I’m not opposed to no wifi to encourage person to person discussion, but given the extremely limited space and general setup of Qualia, the cafe itself doesn’t really encourage this type of interaction. I’m never able to bring groups of friends (or even my spouse) to Qualia because the seating is minimal. Rarely are there two seats together. The counter/bar along the wall seems specifically designed for computers. Maybe “no wifi” fits their business model? Maybe they are trying to prove a point? Regardless of their reasoning, it will definitely impact their business from me. I no longer plan to go there.”

Qualia responds:

“Our current WiFi Policy is clearly stated on our web site here.

We are not trying to discourage people from using Qualia to work, play or meet. We have come to the conclusion that it is no longer necessary or beneficial to offer Internet access. Now that open and mobile hot spots are now readily available, no longer offering free WiFi was not intended to create a significant barrier for people who wanted to work on their computers. However, we had reached a tipping point in the volume and nature of customers we were serving. Those visiting us only for free Internet access had begun to crowd out the people who were visiting us for the unique coffee experience we offer. Given how limited out space is, it only takes a handful of folks camping out for hours at a time to diminish our ability to serve a broader spectrum of customers.

That said, we are open to everyone’s comments and concerns. Our WiFi policies have changed over time and are bound to continue doing so.”

Ed. Note: Qualia was recently voted 5th best coffee in DC.