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Pentagon Row’s New Coffee Shop Will Put the Roasting Process on Full Display

Origin Coffee Lab & Kitchen will also serve Benedicts by day and tempura-battered prawns by night

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Origin Coffee Lab & Kitchen’s first location is scheduled to arrive this summer in Pentagon Row.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

A new full-service roasting house and all-day cafe is en route to Pentagon Row.

Origin Coffee Lab & Kitchen (1101 S Joyce Street), scheduled to arrive this summer between Basic Burger and Lebanese Taverna, will pair pour-overs with fresh day-to-night fare.

The 2,000-square-foot venture stars a glass-enclosed roastery that’ll brew up coffee from 10 different regions (hence the name, Origin Coffee Lab & Kitchen). Beans will be sourced straight from farms, brewed using five to six methods to entice coffee snobs.

“Our concept is to offer a freshly roasted, excellent cup of coffee and amazing food all in one place,” says owner Andy Mekonnen, in a statement.

The inaugural location of Origin will also host “cupping” events, courses, and educational deep dives on how coffee is made.

Breakfast calls for pancakes and various takes on eggs Benedict and avocado toast. Noon-to-night offerings include a grilled Atlantic salmon and quinoa salad and tempura-battered prawns with Sriracha aioli. Here’s a look at the opening food lineup:

Federal Realty Investment Trust’s new Origin lease at mixed-used Pentagon Row hopes to cash in on future Amazon HQ2 employees looking for a buzz and bite. Pentagon City got a taste for local, high-end coffee with the arrival of Commonwealth Joe Coffee Roasters in 2016.

Another welcome alternative to Starbucks is en route to Crystal City this year. A cafe called the Freshman will soon slide into a 3,400-square-foot space formerly occupied by Noodles & Company (2011 Crystal Drive).