Washington, DC

21st and L Street, NW

Thanks to Brent for sending word. For Five’s website says:

“For Five was founded in 2010 by two best friends from Queens who wanted to introduce specialty coffee by New Yorkers for the world. Stefanos Vouvoudakis and Tom Tsiplakos, the founders of For Five, met in third grade in their Whitestone, Queens classroom and have been working together ever since. The two ventured into the specialty coffee roasting and wholesale business and built their roasting facility in Maspeth, Queens. At first, they sold their roasted beans to restaurants and other wholesale accounts before opening their first cafe on West 46th Street in Manhattan in 2016 — right in Times Square.” Read More


14th and H Street, NW photo by Susie Doom

From Café Chocolat (1423 H Street, NW):

“Yesterday we celebrated our 2 year anniversary. It is no small feat, with all the small independent coffee shops and restaurants closing up around us, and the big chains popping up everywhere. We keep chugging along thanks to our awesome patrons. In fact you are more than patrons, you have become friends. We love coming to the shop every day to talk about our kids, your kids, the weekend plans, the work-related stuff, the teams we love. Read More


475 H Street, NW

Last week when we spoke about Starbucks closing in Chinatown – lots of folks recommended Chinatown Coffee Co. (among others) as a good alternative. And so it goes.

From an email:

“after an amazing 10 year run, we’ve decided to close our doors and move on. But not before we celebrate our fantastic run this Saturday night, October 5th at 7pm at Chinatown Coffee Co., with musical guest Collider. free admission. Donations accepted for the Patrica Handy Place for Women. Read More


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