Coffee and Cider for Kennedy Street – Lost Sock Roasters Open at 713

by Prince Of Petworth May 24, 2016 at 11:20 am 22 Comments

711-713 Kennedy Street, NW

Ed. Note: 713 Kennedy is located right next to the future ANXO Cidery, who also just applied for a liquor license at 711 Kennedy (closest to alley) “Bar serving cider with a seating capacity of 49. Total Occupancy Load of 49. Requesting a wine pub endorsement.”

From a press release:

“District-area coffee drinkers have a new source for high-quality coffee as Lost Sock Roasters, a small-batch artisanal coffee roaster, opened its roasting facility this week at 713 Kennedy St. NW.

Founded in 2015, Lost Sock Roasters is dedicated to developing outstanding coffee sustainably. Lost Sock carefully roasts to accentuate the unique and delicious flavors in each of its coffees. This passion is derived from a love for great coffee, and a sense of responsibility for carrying out the defining step of a coffee bean’s journey from farm to mug.

Lost Sock’s initial offering includes a sweet, medium body organic Tolima coffee from the Andean mountains in southwest Colombia as well as a light, honey-lemon coffee from the Smaldeel Estate in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe. Both roasts are available through Lost Sock’s online store, and will be found at markets, community events, and stores around this District beginning this summer.

The start-up roaster was founded by Jeff Yerxa and Nicolas Cabrera, who met in 2012 at American University and quickly realized their mutual affection for a delicious cup of coffee. As their admiration for coffee grew so did their relationship and so did their ambition. The two became roommates in 2013 and began home roasting their own coffee shortly thereafter. Their obsessive pursuit for the perfect cup culminated this winter with the founding of Lost Sock Roasters.

As a sustainably-minded small-business, Lost Sock is committed to each of the communities its coffee touches from the source farms around the world to the roaster’s home in Northwest DC. As the company grows, as will its drive to be a positive and valuable member of these communities.

By consistently roasting high-quality coffee, Lost Sock hopes to become like that one missing sock, something you look for each and every morning. Lost Sock Roasters coffee is available in their online shop, and will be expanding to local retailers in the coming months.”

  • ANON

    so can i buy coffee at this place or not?

  • Lisa

    Isn’t this just a couple doors down from Culture Coffee? Seems like unnecessary competition as Kennedy Street is trying to takeoff.

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    • Hey Lisa –

      To clarify, we will be functioning solely as a coffee roaster, selling wholesale to local coffee shops, restaurants, and grocers, as well as through our online shop. We actually have a good relationship with Ms. V at Culture Coffee and plan on collaborating with her at this years Kennedy Street Festival (June 25th).

      • anon

        Jeff – will you sell to regular schmoes off the street if they order online, or is that mechanism also just for other businesses?

        • Nick

          Regular coffee-drinkers like yourself can order through the online shop! They even provide a roasting schedule so you know when to order for the freshest coffee.

  • Philippe Lecheval

    I’m not crazy about flavored coffee, but ANYTHING new is an improvement on Kennedy Street.

    • Andy

      I don’t think the coffees are flavored. I think by ‘flavors’ they mean the coffee flavor.

  • ELA

    So great. I dohbt folks will recognize the KDY in a year or two. Fantastic commercial spaces and great locale.

    • a year or two is a bit ambitious – it took Upshur Street at least 10 years to become unrecognizable but Godspeed.

    • petworther

      In 10 years I think it will be decent, and that’s only if they don’t get a shelter there. 2 years from now it will look basically the same.

  • Brian

    I wish them well, but I really do not want to associate my coffee with feet.

  • jim_ed

    Welcome to the neighborhood. I hope part of your opening will include cleaning up the storefront. I realize that this won’t be a retail establishment, but helping improve the built environment and streetscape on Kennedy will go a long way in endearing yourself to your neighbors

  • anon

    Cool. It’s worth mentioning that there’s more than just the Cidery and this coffee shop opening up on Kennedy. There’s a dive bar opening on 5th, and another bar/restaurant on 3rd. It’s gonna take awhile, but at this point it’s pretty clear it’s going to undergo a nice little rebirth.

    • Exactly it’s just a matter of when not if. However from experience, it will be longer than “a year or two” before it’s unrecognizable. And that’s not a bad thing…

      • anon

        No real argument here, but the more I think about it the statement is not all that hyperbolic. If you see Kennedy Street now (meaning no disrespect to the handful of solid businesses it already has), it’s pretty shocking to think there will be at least three to five very viable nightspots in just a year or two. Kennedy is so much longer and diffuse than Upshur, so it may not visually jump out right away, but that is still quite a rapid transformation when you think about it.

        • I hear ya – I just think some folks have had very unrealistic expectations when it comes to Kennedy Street. As far as 3-4 years ago I’d get regular emails complaining that “nothing” was happening on Kennedy. It is bigger than Upshur. It took Upshur a long time. It’s gonna Kennedy Street a long time. So enjoy the slow growth and be realistic about “the revolution”. Enjoy the incremental growth. Not you personally anon. :)

        • Brian

          Kennedy’s length is actually one of its drawbacks. it’s been much easier to concentrate new businesses along the 800 block of Upshur, since that is the primary commercial block. With Kennedy, the commercial section stretches basically from Georgia east to North Cap. It’s really difficult to create critical mass from a street that long.

          • anon

            That’s true, but frankly if only some of the blocks revive and the rest of the retail space becomes more housing/density, that would work just fine too.

    • Brightwoodian

      What dive bar? I hadn’t heard that. Is it across the street from the possible shelter?

    • Brightwoodian

      Any idea when the dive bar is opening?


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