Starbucks is launching a new line of fancier coffee shops, and D.C. will get one next year.
The new concept is called "Reserve-only" stores, according to a spokesman. D.C. will get one in 2015, but a specific location has not been named. Also slated for the concept: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. All the stores will highlight rare, small-batch coffees.
An even bigger and fancier store opened in Seattle today called the Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room (Eater has a tour of the location here). The roastery is bigger (15,000 square feet in size) with a 360 degree view of the coffee makers. People who go there can try a number of small batch coffees, and the place uses high-tech equipment and six different brewing methods. There is also a chef-driven food menu.
UPDATE: A spokesman for Starbucks says the D.C. stores will not be the same concept as the Seattle store, though both highlight rare coffees.