From the DC Public Library
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library
1630 7th Street, NW:

“Are you passionate about your coffee? Do you dream about the perfect cup of Joe?

Then join us on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. for Coffee 101 as we welcome Compass Coffee’s lead roaster, Brandon Warner, and co-founder Michael Haft for an engaging lecture/presentation on the history of coffee, the various regions where it is grown and harvested, and the process of the perfect roast.

The program will culminate in demonstrating a number of brewing methods as well as a cupping and tasting of selected blends.

Our Shaw neighbors make some pretty awesome coffee!

Our Shaw neighbors make some pretty awesome coffee! Register at to attend.”

501 7th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Bakers & Baristas opens tomorrow, Thursday, January 22nd. Their hours will be from 7am-6pm. On Thursday, February 5th they will open for full hours from 7 am to 11pm.

Aaron Gordon of Gordon Restaurant Group is pleased to announce the mid-January anticipated opening of Bakers & Baristas, a Viennese-inspired coffeehouse and bakery, which will occupy the former Tangysweet Yogurt Bar space at 501 7th Street, NW, 20004. Notable Washington pastry chef Naomi Gallego will act as a consultant for the project, and Lindsay Meehan will serve as executive pastry chef overseeing the day-to-day operations.


Bakers & Baristas will create exceptional pastries and tortes using high-end ingredients such as Madagascar vanilla, locally raised eggs, European butter and Valrhona chocolate. Artisan roasted coffees from Compass Coffee will also be served with freshly whipped cream offered as well. At lunch, simple sandwiches served on fresh house-made rolls will be added to the selection of pastries, and in the evening guests can enjoy Viennese style desserts, such as cheesecake and sacher cake, savory turnovers and artisan coffee. Coffee aficionados can expect to see a rotating list of seasonal, single origin coffee from independent and locally roasted Compass Coffee, with prices ranging from $2 to $4.

“During my recent travels to Europe, I was inspired by the coffeehouses of Vienna,” says Aaron Gordon of Gordon Restaurant Group. “I wanted to open a concept in nation’s capital where Washingtonians and tourists alike could linger over exceptional coffee and delicate Danish pastries.”

Gordon has tapped Naomi Gallego to serve as a consultant for Bakers & Baristas. Gallego has over twenty-two years of experience working in acclaimed restaurants and four-start hotels in the USA and Germany; she also currently serves as the executive pastry chef of the award-winning Blue Duck Tavern within the Park Hyatt Washington.


Lindsay Meehan will oversee the day-to-day operations as executive pastry chef. Meegan graduated from The Culinary Institute of America with a Bachelor’s degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. She gained much of her professional experience in various bake-shops including “Best of Philly” winner, Sweet Jazmine’s in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, and at Sweet Eats Bakery of Vorhees, New Jersey, where gourmet cakes and confections were her focus. After focusing her efforts perfecting the world of cakes, Meegan brought her award-winning decorating skills into the big world of small cakes, cupcakes. In 2012, she made her way to the nation’s capital to begin working at Gordon’s sister concept Red Velvet Cupcakery. Meegan will continue to oversee the cupcakes at Red Velvet in addition to managing the confections at the new Bakers & Baristas.


Bakers & Baristas will offer six to eight varieties of freshly made Danish pastries including morning buns and Kringles. For lunch, guests can enjoy six rustic sandwiches made with freshly baked house-made bread. Three sandwiches will be vegetarian, and one will be served on gluten-free bread. Opening selections planned include Cherry Pistachio Braid Danish; Danish Pockets; Cheese Pretzel Danish; Butterkuchen; Brioche Streusel Bun with citrus filling; Viennese Finger Cookies, as well as Vanilla Kepferl. A variety of tarts, torts, and savory turnovers will also be available for guests. Pastries will be priced from $2 to $6 each; sandwiches and turnovers will be priced from $6 to $8 each.

KUBE Architecture firm is responsible for the design of Bakers & Baristas. The intimate 32-seat modern interior will feature accents of wood with display cases full of tempting pastry. For those who wish to linger over coffee and pastry, there will be café style seating and amphitheater seating. Steel and concrete reinforce the rustic warmth and comfort of the space while earth tones combined with vibrant colors contribute to the energetic atmosphere of this urban gathering spot.”


From Pleasant Pops:

“Though the holiday season has come and gone, Pleasant Pops is thrilled to keep some winter cheer alive in DC. Throughout the next month, Pleasant Pops employees will be spending part of their shift roaming our neighborhood, including Adams Morgan, U-street and Kalorama, attaching Cheer Cards for free coffee or tea to bikes. As a way of saying “Thanks for commuting in a healthy and sustainable way,” and “You must be freezing out there, better warm up!” and “Sure we’ve got amazing Pops, but have you tried our coffee?”, the cards will be attached with an elastic band to bike handles. Similarly, any cars that have been ticketed will also get a Cheer Card to help brighten their cruddy day.

Pleasant Pops values our neighboring communities, appreciates those who brave the winter winds by bike, and always aspires to brighten up dreary days.

Thanks, and Happy 2015!”

1358 H Street, NE via Impala Cantina

From an email:

“Vigilante Coffee launching a new, exciting pop-up cafe inside of Impala Cantina Y Taqueria on H Street NE!

The pop-up will run from 7:30a – 1:00p Friday-Sunday starting January 16, 2015. This pop-up is a partnership and collaboration between Vigilante Coffee and Impala, as they will be making special donuts that we’ll serve alongside our coffee. The pop-up will feature a special walk-up sidewalk ordering window as well as a heated patio space to enjoy your coffee or latte. We are planning for now to stay there until Maketto opens and we’ll transition over to that space.

We’re really excited to be partnering with another awesome local business as well as being able to serve our coffee directly to our own neighborhood, just blocks away from where we started our company.”

Photo Credit: Paul Sirajuddin

Thanks to a reader for passing on:

“Three years ago, our founder David Fogel, had a vision to create a place that would continue our mission of cultivating a caring, conscientious community focused on forward thinking music, culture and pro-actively pushing things forward.

Tomorrow marks the end of the visioning and building period and the start of a new phase as he and long time friend Joe Liehr open the doors to Bump ‘n Grind – a boutique coffee shop, record store in downtown silver spring [1200 East West Highway].

Bump ‘n Grind will feature single origin, locally roasted coffees. A signature BnG espresso blend, locally crafted beers, sandwiches, salads, burritos and new release vinyl records from all over the world. We will also feature radio shows, hosted by local record labels ; music themed movie nights ; coffee cuppings and other associated events.

Please join us This Weekend for the Grand Opening Celebration Featuring our Vendors and some of our favorite local DJs and the culmination of years of hard work! Details Here.”

1658 Columbia Road NW via Potter’s House

From an email:

“After weathering some significant delays we are excited to announce that we are 6-8 weeks from reopening! As construction is wrapping up we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise money for initial startup costs.

The Potter’s House is a not-for-profit café, bookstore, and event space Adams Morgan. Since opening its doors in 1960 it has been a key place for deeper conversation, creative expression, and community transformation. After closing last year for major renovations we’re excited to reopen with a completely redesigned space and new offerings.


The new menu will change seasonally, be sourced locally whenever possible, and draw from the diverse cultural and culinary streams that make our city great. Daily pay-what-you-can items will ensure that all who enter our doors can enjoy a delicious meal. A third wave coffee and tea program will feature Counter Culture Coffee and Rishi Tea.


The bookstore will focus on social issues, cultural studies and progressive spirituality. And we’ll offer curated selections of literary fiction and poetry, alongside great books for children and youth.


Community is at the heart of this entire project. We want to be a catalyst for justice and healing in DC through our programs and gatherings. Our discussion tables, issue forums, and film screenings will amplify efforts for social justice and explore the spiritual practices and cultural traditions that sustain them. Our live music, spoken word and storytelling nights, and rotating gallery will highlight the diversity of the city and celebrate its creativity.”

18th and E St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

There are now at least two upcoming tenants on the south side of GSA’s new headquarters at 1800 F St NW. I saw this banner for Greenberry’s Coffee just west of the existing Which Wich space at the corner of 18th & E St NW.”

Greenberry’s website says:

“Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the first Greenberry’s Coffee Co. store opened in Charlottesville, VA in 1992. We opened with the intent of serving the finest selection of specialty coffees, teas and fresh-baked pastries in a warm and inviting atmosphere. In order to ensure the integrity and quality of the coffee we sold, we knew that we needed to roast our own product. Even today, every batch of coffee we sell is roasted by hand and shipped fresh on a daily basis. Our Master Coffee Roasters view roasting as an art, not a job, and the difference is evident in every cup we sell.”

They currently have a DC location at 1919 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

8th street between O and P Street, NW

Dolci Gelati opens at 10am in CityMarket at O in Shaw.

“To celebrate the grand opening, Dolci Gelati Café at CityMarket at O in Shaw will be offering one free mini gelato pop to the 1st 100 customers today between 3:00-5:00pm.

More than double the size of its older sister in Takoma Park, MD which opened in 2013 (480 square feet), Dolci Gelati Café in Shaw is 1,200 square feet and features an elegant and playful ambiance with decor including a fresh color palette with splashes of lime green, crisp bright whites, sparkling silver accents, framed artwork featuring scenese with vintage Italian gelato carts, two large antique crystal chandeliers, and seating for up to 15 in the cafe with additional seating becoming available outside during the warmer months perfect for al fresco dining.”

175 N Street, NE

Dunkin Donuts is now open by the NoMa metro.

963 Palmer Alley, NW

And RareSweets is now open in CityCenter.