Logan Circle Coffee Bar/Cocktail Spot to be Called Slipstream, Opening this Spring

by Prince Of Petworth January 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm 26 Comments

1333 14th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Ryan Fleming and Miranda Mirabella today announced that they are starting Slipstream, an innovative new coffee and cocktail business with their flagship location set to open along 14th Street in Logan Circle this Spring. Slipstream will focus on service as well as the journey of coffee from source to sip and will complement the coffee with crafted cocktails in the evening.

Fleming and Mirabella will partner with Madcap Coffee Company, a specialty coffee roaster based in Grand Rapids, MI and Washington, DC and Slipstream will share a space with Fathom Creative, a creative agency headquartered in DC.

looking north toward Birch and Barley and Rhode Island Ave

“A slipstream is an area of reduced resistance behind a moving object. Similarly, our shop will reduce the resistance of the normal coffee and cocktail experience with unique service that pulls customers through in an effortless fashion,” said co-founder Ryan Fleming.

Slipstream hopes to create a comfortable and approachable atmosphere where its neighborhood guests can escape the stress of their day and engage with the staff to explore the amazing story of coffee. The informed staff paired with a focus on transparency will satisfy the desires of the entire community from the coffee expert to those drinking their first cup.

“We involve ourselves in the entire process from seed to cup. Visiting the farms annually and building relationships with our producers helps to ensure the quality of our coffee,” said Trevor Corlett, CEO of Madcap. “The coffee shop is the last link in that chain. We are excited to partner with Miranda and Ryan knowing the passion and level of detail they are bringing to create a unique coffee experience in DC.”

Complementing the coffee, the new shop will serve crafted cocktails in the evening with the same focus on quality and service. Coffee and cocktails are similar in that their nuances are under-explored and Fleming and Mirabella’s concept hopes to provide the perfect environment for the journey to appreciation.

“We’re excited to welcome Miranda and Ryan to 14th Street and look forward to teaming with them as they share our space and become members of the neighborhood we love so much. Their business and culture couldn’t be a more perfect fit for our creative agency/gallery,” voiced Drew Mitchell, President of Fathom Creative.

“Around the world coffee is associated with ritual and community and we look forward to bringing that philosophy to Logan Circle,” said co-founder Miranda Mirabella. “When we open our doors, we also open a new chapter in supporting this neighborhood, contributing to the DC business community and finding our place in the lives of our neighbors.”

looking south on 14th Street

  • Anonymous

    I’m intrigued by the fresh bread! This should be a nice addition to that block, because putting an office at ground level behind a big showroom window in a neighborhood like this is more than a little obnoxious.

    • Former neighbor

      As someone who lived at 14th and RI for years, I always enjoyed Fathom’s displays. How were they “more than a little obnoxious”?

      • Phil

        I wouldn’t say their displays were obnoxious, but I would tend to agree that putting an office on street level behind a big sheet of glass is pretty ostentatious, like “Hey, look at us working here! We’re way too cool for a traditional office!” in a space that is far better suited for retail or restaurant use. It’s just weird.

    • AMDCer

      I like fresh bread, too, but if you are referring to the display pictured, it is an enlarged pine tree scented car freshener – “Fresh Brand” Scent.

    • Anonymous

      no it isn’t. not every store front needs to exist to serve your needs.

      • Anonymous

        It doesn’t need to serve my needs. Having this sort of business in a storefront serves nobody’s needs, except perhaps the egos of its owners. I’m guessing that very, very few people walking down 14th Street stumble upon this place and wander in to pick up an annual report, some business cards and a Web site.

  • Kalorama_Kat

    Well they better play Pavement.

    I heard what you said
    The leaders are dead, hea, hea, hea
    They’re robbin’ the skies
    I can hear their followers cry

    Ahh, ooh, starling’s in the slipstream
    Ahh, ooh, starling’s in the slipstream
    Ahh, ooh, starling’s in the slipstream
    Ahh, ooh, starling’s in the slipstream

    The language of influence
    Is cluttered with hard, hard C’s
    And I put a spy cam in a sorority

    Ahh, ooh, darling’s on the split screen
    Ahh, ooh, darling’s on the split screen
    Ahh, ooh, darling’s on the split screen
    Ahh, ooh

    There’s no women in Alaska
    There’s no Creoles in Vermont
    There’s no coast of Nebraska
    My mother, I forgot

    Slavic princess with a rose in her teeth
    Do you suppose she would bite you if she could?
    Insane cobra split the wood
    Trader of the lowland breed
    Call a jitney, drive away
    In the slipstream we will stay
    Stay away, away, away, away, away, away, away

    • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Yes yes yes yes. While I was really looking forward to Madcap opening their own location farther up 14th, I’m so happy that they are at least getting a hold somewhere. I’ve been watching Trevor of Madcap work on his cocktails for awhile now – they are delicious, too!

  • Anonymous

    Finally, a place to explore the amazing story of coffee, unencumbered by the shackles of the prosaic cafe experience Let the journey begin!

  • I wouldn’t say that cocktail nuances are “under-explored” in DC, in fact quite the opposite.

    • Anonymous

      Gee, it’s so unlike a food/beverage establishment press release to contain debatable assertions or exaggerated claims.

  • Anon

    But what about the dog that hangs out at Fathom?! Where will it go? I’ll miss those occasional sightings.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe they’re moving upstairs?

      • Anonymous

        They’ll still be at the back of the shop as far as I know. But perhaps they’ll be doored off.

  • Anonymous

    “our shop will reduce the resistance of the normal coffee and cocktail experience with unique service that pulls customers through in an effortless fashion.”

    This is so funny! Will lube be provided upon entrance?

    • lovefifteen

      Yes, surplus lube from the Crew Club next door.

  • anon

    “our shop will reduce the resistance of the normal coffee and cocktail experience with unique service that pulls customers through in an effortless fashion.” I just threw up a little.
    My current cocktail experience is actually pretty effortless. I go to the bar, a person comes over and takes my order, and voila, a drink is brought to me.

    • Anonymous

      @anon. If I could count the times I’ve thrown up waiting in line (for 15-20 min avg) at Caribou, Starbucks, etc. Why more coffee outfits don’t focus more on an easier customer experience is mind-boggling. Bravo to these guys for committing to trying to change that. You/me/we are the ones who ultimately benefit.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, so you’re the reason those places smell of vomit!

        • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    This space is currently microscopic so there will need to be a slipstream to accommodate more than 5 customers.

  • I think Fathom is great but I can’t get beyond, “The informed staff paired with a focus on transparency…” Focus on transparency? I don’t know what that means and how it would apply to coffee. Also, commas, please,

    • Anonymous

      Fathom is apparently looking for a competent copy-writer? That’s my take-away from this whole mess.

  • Anonymous

    I am looking forward to this….BUT hopefully it won’t become a hangout for the Fathom folks. Some of them are incredibly annoying. cough cough timur cough.

    • Anonymous



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