While the pandemic has pushed many of D.C.’s bars and restaurants to permanently close, many of the area’s independent coffee shops have showed remarkable resiliency, continuing to dispense fruit-forward pour-overs, flavored lattes, nitro cold brews, and other specialty items to customers who may not want to camp out inside like they used to.
A strong class of caffeinated contenders have entered the scene in recent years. That includes Cameo, which brews beans from Brooklyn roaster Parlor Coffee in a Southeast food hall, Lost Sock Roasters, a wholesaler that debuted its own plant-filled cafe in Takoma, and Eritrean-owned the Roasted Boon in Shaw.
Meanwhile, local favorites Colada Shop is about to debut in Dupont Circle and Compass Coffee just added a drive-thru in Arlington. Gelato shop Dolcezza reopened many of the cafes it previously planned to closed during the pandemic.
NYC imports are also on the rise around D.C. For Five Coffee and Gregory’s Coffee continue to build a solid following, and high-tech Blank Street Coffee started blanketing the city with tiny stores this fall.
Here are 16 must-visit coffee shops in and around D.C., from Takoma to Arlington to Del Ray.Read More