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14 New D.C. Coffee Shops

Independent roasters and big chains fuel a caffeine boom

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The work hard/play hard life in Washington, D.C. is fueled by strong cups of joe, which is why most neighborhoods play host to a combination of national chains and local coffee shops. New coffee shops continue to open up, and Eater’s compiled a list of some of the latest spots to check out for this morning must-have beverage.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. JOE & THE JUICE

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7263 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

This Bethesda outpost from a European chain has coffees in all sizes, along with a juicer and flatbread sandwiches. Sorry, no decaf for those who want their java without the caffeine kick. Joe & The Juice recently opened two locations downtown too.

2. 202 Donuts & Coffee

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4901 Fairmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 951-0033
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Hot donuts and fresh Vigilante coffee at this Bethesda spot make it a great choice for people looking for a coffee shop vibe without the chain coffee shop scene.

3. Ellē

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3221 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 652-0040
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Knock the H and R off of the former Heller’s Bakery and you’ve got Ellē, the new restaurant/bar/bakery/coffee shop combination in Mt. Pleasant.

4. Maison Kayser

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1345 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 770-2200
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This New York boulangerie now has two downtown locations in D.C. with strong Filicori coffee and fresh housemade pastries. Rather than relying on one particular roaster, a spokesman for Maison Kayser says they use coffee that is “strictly sourced for Maison Kayser depending on seasonality and other quality factors” and comes from either Guatemala, Brazil, Colombia, or Mexico.

5. Shop Made In DC

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1330 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Local retail store meets coffee shop, this Dupont spot serves Small Planes coffee with housemade cold brew. Try the Hainan Coffee, their spin on a cold brew coffee with coconut milk, star anise and cinnamon.  

6. Lil'B Coffee & Eatery

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1515 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 521-7181
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The latest spot from Bayou Bakery’s Chef David Guas serves Counter Culture coffee in the Darcy Hotel. Zagat recommends the house-kegged, flash-brewed nitro iced coffee as a must order. It’s also worth taking advantage of any of the food on offer, including Guas’ muffulettas, gumbo, and pimento cheese.

7. Philz

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1350 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Philz continues its expansion in DC by opening a new spot in Dupont this summer. Choose from roughly 25 custom house blends (think “Canopy of Heaven”), as well as iced beverages, tea, and snacks.

8. Blue Bottle Coffee

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1471 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(510) 653-3394
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The west coast chain comes to Logan Circle, but don’t come looking for a place to open up your laptop and do work--this is a no wifi spot kind of coffee chain. Conversations only please.

9. Tastemakers

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2800 10th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 248-4721
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The Brookland food hall features Alchemist Coffee — which comes on draft, preserved and infused with nitrogen — among other local artisan spots, including Bullfrog Bagels.

10. Slipstream

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82 I St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 560-5095
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With locations on 14th street and in Navy Yard, Slipstream offers Madcap coffee and a full menu, including beer, wine, and craft cocktails.

11. Shopkeepers

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1231 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 396-1097
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This neighborhood boutique and cafe in the H Street corridor includes full espresso offerings of Small Planes coffee, and matcha too, for those seeking a coffee alternative.

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1. JOE & THE JUICE

7263 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

This Bethesda outpost from a European chain has coffees in all sizes, along with a juicer and flatbread sandwiches. Sorry, no decaf for those who want their java without the caffeine kick. Joe & The Juice recently opened two locations downtown too.

7263 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

2. 202 Donuts & Coffee

4901 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Hot donuts and fresh Vigilante coffee at this Bethesda spot make it a great choice for people looking for a coffee shop vibe without the chain coffee shop scene.

4901 Fairmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

3. Ellē

3221 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Knock the H and R off of the former Heller’s Bakery and you’ve got Ellē, the new restaurant/bar/bakery/coffee shop combination in Mt. Pleasant.

3221 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

4. Maison Kayser

1345 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

This New York boulangerie now has two downtown locations in D.C. with strong Filicori coffee and fresh housemade pastries. Rather than relying on one particular roaster, a spokesman for Maison Kayser says they use coffee that is “strictly sourced for Maison Kayser depending on seasonality and other quality factors” and comes from either Guatemala, Brazil, Colombia, or Mexico.

1345 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

5. Shop Made In DC

1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Local retail store meets coffee shop, this Dupont spot serves Small Planes coffee with housemade cold brew. Try the Hainan Coffee, their spin on a cold brew coffee with coconut milk, star anise and cinnamon.  

1330 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

6. Lil'B Coffee & Eatery

1515 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

The latest spot from Bayou Bakery’s Chef David Guas serves Counter Culture coffee in the Darcy Hotel. Zagat recommends the house-kegged, flash-brewed nitro iced coffee as a must order. It’s also worth taking advantage of any of the food on offer, including Guas’ muffulettas, gumbo, and pimento cheese.

1515 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

7. Philz

1350 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Philz continues its expansion in DC by opening a new spot in Dupont this summer. Choose from roughly 25 custom house blends (think “Canopy of Heaven”), as well as iced beverages, tea, and snacks.

1350 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

8. Blue Bottle Coffee

1471 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

The west coast chain comes to Logan Circle, but don’t come looking for a place to open up your laptop and do work--this is a no wifi spot kind of coffee chain. Conversations only please.

1471 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

9. Tastemakers

2800 10th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

The Brookland food hall features Alchemist Coffee — which comes on draft, preserved and infused with nitrogen — among other local artisan spots, including Bullfrog Bagels.

2800 10th St NE
Washington, DC 20017

10. Slipstream

82 I St SE, Washington, DC 20003

With locations on 14th street and in Navy Yard, Slipstream offers Madcap coffee and a full menu, including beer, wine, and craft cocktails.

82 I St SE
Washington, DC 20003

11. Shopkeepers

1231 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

This neighborhood boutique and cafe in the H Street corridor includes full espresso offerings of Small Planes coffee, and matcha too, for those seeking a coffee alternative.

1231 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

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