via Blue Bottle Coffee “on Potomac Street right off the C&O Canal Towpath”

Thanks to FridayGirl for sending from Blue Bottle:

“Coming Summer 2017 to Washington D.C. See you in Georgetown”

and from their blog:

“Washington home to a burgeoning coffee scene. Our first cafe there will be located in Georgetown, a quintessential D.C. neighborhood.

We have reason to believe that a cafe with expertly sourced coffees, roasted and dialed in to our specifications, will be welcome and appreciated. President Obama recently ordered a fleet of Chemex emblazoned with his seal. And 200 years ago, The White House Cookbook published this sentiment by Mrs. F. L. Gilette: “Boiling water is a very important desideratum in the making of a good cup of coffee or tea… Do not boil the water more than three or four minutes; longer boiling ruins the water for coffee or tea-making, as most of its natural properties escape by evaporation, leaving a very insipid liquid, composed mostly of lime and iron, that would ruin the best coffee.”

We’re glad to take up the charge against “insipid liquid,” and our hope is that we will have three cafes in D.C. by 2018. Our first, on Potomac Street, is located in proximity to many lovely shops and interesting purveyors right off the C&O Canal Towpath—a tributary of the Potomac River with an adjacent footpath.

More background on their coffee here.

quincy liquor
3712 14th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

The owner of quincy liquor is the nicest man and last weekend when we went in he explained he’s going to start selling coffee.

Long story short the plan is for him to start selling Ethiopian coffee, as well as aged barrel coffee from Colorado. he seems really passionate about this venture- also mentioned they’d be doing some outdoor seating as well.

Would love to hear from readers if they would sit outside or even buy inside to go coffee at a liquor store, and in general what they’d like to see from local coffee in the area. he’s the nicest man and would love to support him and the improvement of this block!”

Ed. Note: Plans remind me a bit of Cafe Kaza in Logan, though they were more of a bodega originally. So would you buy coffee at a liquor store? If the coffee, and prices are good, I say why not?!?!??

renderings courtesy GTM Architects

From a press release:

“GTM Architects, an award-winning residential and commercial architectural firm, recently announced its work on the design of Pluma by Bluebird Bakery located at The Edison, an upscale, urban industrial mixed-use building at 391 Morse Street, NW, Washington, DC. Owners Tom Wellings and Camila Arango worked with Clare Marino and Katlin Pless of GTM Architects on a design that embraces the hip vibe of the new building, while also capturing the culture and quality Bluebird Bakery is known for.

Slated to open in early summer, Pluma by Bluebird Bakery, a brand new café concept, is located within the 28,000-square-feet ground level retail space in the 178-unit apartment complex. With a mix of imported, handmade Colombian tile, as a homage to Arango, rustic wall panels, Lambert & Fils pendants first scouted on Pinterest and varying shades of blue, GTM incorporated all elements of design on the owners’ wish lists, as well as well-executed form and function into the new bakery. (more…)

the edison
The Edison, also the future home to a Trader Joe’s

The liquor license placard for Pluma by Bluebird Bakery says:

“A café and bakery serving baked goods, sandwiches, salads, pastries and alcoholic beverages with a Total Occupancy Load of 40 seats. Offering a Sidewalk Café with 25 seats.”

Pluma’s website says:

“Pluma is a brand new café concept from the folks behind the acclaimed Bluebird Bakery. After providing Washingtonian restaurants and cafes with signature, high-quality wholesale pastries for years, proprietors Camila Arango and Tom Wellings will expand to open their new cafe in 2017. (more…)

8th and Monroe Street, NE

Yesterday on the Brookland listserv a resident shared:

“The manager of Filter shared yesterday when I was there that they are closing their Monroe St. location on Sunday (4/30) due to insufficient business. The bike shop will remain, and his understanding is that they have plans to open something more food-centric in the space where the coffee shop has been.”

I spoke with the owner of the Bike Rack who tells me that Little Red Fox will be taking over the space!! You can expect:

“variety of healthy take out foods, breakfast burritos and coffee drinks.”

Stay tuned for lots more info next week.

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.”

1822 North Cap. Facade Creative Grounds DC
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.