The novel coronavirus outbreak has pushed people into their homes, shutting down nonessential businesses and limiting restaurants, bars, and cafes to takeout and delivery. Many of the city’s essential D.C. coffee shops are adjusting to dine-in bans by delivering espresso drinks and ground beans. Some trusted brands are shifting gears to help those in need, too. Compass Coffee is making cherry blossom-scented hand cleaner, and Eaton DC’s stylish Kintsugi cafe has flipped into a daytime donation center for hygiene products and household supplies for the elderly.Read More
Where To Find To-Go Coffee While Coronavirus Limits Cafes
Essential coffee shops around D.C. are adjusting hours and takeaway options
1. Takoma Beverage Company
The all-day coffee shop and bar from two Northside Social alums is curating 12-ounce bags of whole bean coffee with various Counter Culture lines. To brighten up customers’ days, some delivery workers are dropping off goods in full costume.
2. Qualia Coffee
Qualia Coffee in Petworth is still roasting beans daily from Sumatra, Colombia, Brazil, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Owner Joel Finkelstein’s second location in Eckington is also open for takeaway coffee paired with portable sugar and creamer and light pastries (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
3. Tynan Coffee & Tea
The locally-owned coffee shop in Columbia Heights is taking daily carryout orders (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for its full liquid lineup, including Costa Rican drip, a honey lavender latte, and nitro on tap.
4. The Wydown Coffee Bar
Order online with contact-free pick-up at the door from 8 a.m. to noon (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Along with to-go matcha and chai lattes, scones and muffins, the coffee shop on 14th Street NW and H Street NE is also doubling as a grocery store with toilet paper, milk, wine, and butter for sale.
5. Colada Shop
The beloved Cuban cafe in Logan Circle is taking online orders for to-go café con leche, Havana coffee and cold brew, and cortaditos, along with eats like avocado toast, and empanadas. Delivery is available via UberEats, Postmates, Grubhub and Caviar. There’s also travel-friendly pouches of mojitos and rum punch.
6. Compass Coffee
The homegrown chain, founded by two Marine Corps veterans who served together in Afghanistan, is keeping six of its cafes open, including the original roastery in Shaw. They’re selling a new line of “Simple Sanitizer” to go with carryout coffee and mint cold brew.
Along with a house espresso from Third Coast Coffee and its Madcap’s Six-One-Six drip coffee, Slipstream sells single-origin coffees. Both D.C. locations are open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for coffee, breakfast and lunch. Dinner specials (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) include tacos on Tuesday, pizza on Friday, and cookies and cocktails on Saturday. There’s delivery via Caviar.
8. Sweet Science Coffee
The new NoMa cafe is still open for takeout and curbside pick-up (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.). In addition to drip coffees, lattes, and 32-ounce growlers of cold brew, there are biscuits, energy balls, and breakfast sandwiches. Sweet Science also accepts pre-orders on 12-ounce bags of Open Seas beans, roasted on Tuesday and ready for pickup on Fridays to Sundays.
Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s hip H Street hangout for espresso drinks and pour-overs is sending out Americanos, cortados, and cappuccinos using beans from Small Planes and Grace Street coffee via app delivery platforms.
10. The Ministry
The family-run cafe near Union Station sends out caffeinated elixirs made with Ceremony beans (macchiatos, flat whites, mochas) along with fancy toasts and smoothie bowls. Order takeout via phone or delivery via UberEats from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
11. Bayou Bakery
Louisiana native David Guas’s beloved bakery in Arlington offers hot and iced coffees for carryout or delivery on UberEats, joined by biscuit sandwiches, muff-a-lottas, gumbo, and other New Orleans favorites. Weekdays 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
12. Peregrine Espresso
Coffee fanatics who live within three miles of any Peregrine location can enjoy free delivery on whole beans (ordered via its web store). The chain’s also taking customer donations to send coffee and pastries to local healthcare workers.
13. Commonwealth Joe Coffee Roasters
The Arlington roaster is offering customizable orders of whole bean or ground-to-order coffee from its online shop (text “freshly-roasted” to 31996 for 10 percent off). To-go espresso drinks and draft nitro-infused java on tap are available until 2 p.m.
14. Swing's Coffee
The century-old brand’s flagship roastery in Del Ray is taking online orders for carry-out beverages Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. . Bags of beans (or ground) can be delivered to your door.