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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.

JOE & THE JUICE

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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.

202 Donuts & Coffee

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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.

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.

Maison Kayser

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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.

Shop Made In DC

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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.  

Lil'B Coffee & Eatery

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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.

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.

Blue Bottle Coffee

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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.

Tastemakers

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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.

Slipstream

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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.

Shopkeepers

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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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JOE & THE JUICE

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.

202 Donuts & Coffee

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.

Ellē

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.

Maison Kayser

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.

Shop Made In DC

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.  

Lil'B Coffee & Eatery

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.

Philz

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.

Blue Bottle Coffee

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.

Tastemakers

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

Slipstream

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

Shopkeepers

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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