Baltimore-Washington DC Coffee Shops

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Postby erics » Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:43 pm

Here is a starting list of Baltimore-Washington coffee shops - all with two attributes in common: they serve good coffee and they care. As "experienced" readers know, threads of all types tend to die a slow death but I will continue to add to this list based on input. Please let that input be based on more than one visit.

Baltimore Metro Area:

Almacks Coffee


Atwater's Belvedere Square

BB's Cafe

Café Cito

Café Tesfa

Dooby's Coffee
Now fully open at 802 N. Charles St.

Johnny's (a restaurant and coffee bar)

Spro Coffee

Woodberry Kitchen*
*Yes, a restaurant, but you will be suitably impressed by BOTH the food & espresso offerings - open for dinner and Sat/Sun brunch only. Cuppings on Friday @ 10:00 but call first.

Washington DC Metro Area:

Baked and Wired

Bakers and Baristas

Bayou Bakery*
*OK - a little bit of prejudice - they also serve snowballs - they know what they're doing and I, most definitely, know what I'm tasting - try Nectar.

Bean & Bite

Big Bear Cafe

Bistro Bohem

(The) Blind Dog Café

Boccato Gelato & Espresso (two locations)

Bread Furst

Bump 'n Grind

Buzz (Bakery, Coffee, & Lounge-two locations)

Café Aficionado

Café Amouri

Cervantes Coffee

(The) Coffee Bar

Colony Club

Compass Coffee

Chinatown Coffee Co.

Dolcezza Gelato (several locations)

Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar (two locations)

Flying Fish Coffee & Tea

Kaldi's Coffee Bar
Exceptional desserts and pastries

Katie's Cars & Coffee

La Colombe

La Mano Coffee Bar

MadCap Coffee Co. (Spring 2014 ?)

M.E. Swing Co. (2 locations - Alexandria is in "soft opening" mode)

Modern Times Coffee House

Nagadi Coffee

Northside Social

Peregrine Espresso (three locations)

Pitango Gelato (several locations)

Pound the Hill

Qualia Coffee

Room 11


Sweet Science Coffee

Ted's Bulletin

The Coffee Bar


Vigilante Coffee

Wydown Coffee Bar

Outside of Immediate Area, but Close

25 30 Espresso

Caffe' Pronto

Ceremony Coffee Roasters

Evergrain Bread Co.

Hyperion Espresso

HypnoCoffee (two locations)

Lost Dog Coffee

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Postby Javier » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:10 pm

Wow Eric! Thanks so much for providing this list (including websites) of the local local coffee shops.
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Postby mikekarr » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:21 am

I'd add Baked and Wired to the list in DC Metro

They serve Intelligentsia and Counter Culture and have made me some excellent V60 and espresso brews
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Postby erics » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:31 am

You're so right about Baked & Wired - that was simply an unintentional omission which I have now corrected.

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Postby wingding » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:02 pm

This is in the extreme commuting are of DC. Would be good for a destination during a spring road trip. Just about 12 miles from Martinsburg, WV located in Shepardstown, WV. Great atmosphere, great coffee.

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Postby erics » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:13 pm

Lost Dog Coffee has been added to the list - please provide refueling stops :)

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Postby onthego » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:02 pm

If you're in or around Adams Morgan stop by Tryst.

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Postby erics » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:43 pm

Tryst has been added. I'm not too enthusiastic re Tryst but this thread is, most definitely, not what I like but what forum members have found to be good and worth multiple visits.

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Postby Boldjava » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:51 pm

erics wrote:...
Peregrine Espresso

I was in DC in August for a cupping class with Trish Rothgeb. After class we stopped at Peregrine's. I had the best macchiato that ever graced by lips. It's a definite.

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Postby aindfan » Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:05 am

Filter Coffeehouse in the Dupont neighborhood absolutely deserves to be on the list, in my opinion. They do a great job serving Cafe Pronto espresso and SO V60.

And speaking of which... is Pronto itself too far out of the way?

Thanks Eric!
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