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Italian Brand Illy Coffee Is Everywhere Lately

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Illy coffee is no longer just served within the confines of hotels in Washington. This Italian coffee, huge in Europe and identified from afar by its red-and-white lowercase logo, has been expanding in the nation's capital for the past couple of years. Many cafes and restaurants all over this cosmopolitan city are now serving the coffee.

Illy rep Jan Anderson attributes the expansion to D.C.'s multicultural and travel-centric customer base. "In this specifically international setting, Illy is particularly loved by both the ultra-sophisticated local audience and business travelers who are delighted to find their favorite coffee that they enjoy at home, even when their home is on the other side of the world," she told Eater.

A cup of the brew can be pricier than other brands. But, when asked by Eater why they chose Illy, many owners and managers tended to gush over the quality and taste of the coffee. Below are some of the venues where coffee lovers can get their Illy fix. Have a favorite spot for your Illy fix? Share it in the comments section.
—Kat Lucero

[Photo: Illy Cafe Foggy Bottom]


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lot 38 Espresso Bar

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156 L St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 758-0677
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When owner Young Park decided to open this Southeast waterfront coffee shop, he wasn’t quite sure which coffee to serve. Then he tasted Illy and immediately found a winner. He tells Eater that he loved the coffee so much that he made his staff go under the two-week Artisti del Gusto program to become Illy-certified baristas.

2. Patisserie Poupon

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1645 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-3248
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Sixteen years ago, this Georgetown bakery first served Illy coffee. Then, it went for another brand. Four years ago, it brought Illy back to the menu because of the “recognition and quality,” said manager Martin Cotignola. “With the best pastry, we wanted the best coffee.”

3. Frosting - A Cupcakery

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1 Wisconsin Cir
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 539-9021
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Frosting’s website boasts of finding “true love” in Illy. Co-owner Todd Braken continues to laud the Italian coffee maker for its quality. After tasting a cappuccino at the popular Illy cafe inside the Renaissance Hotel, he said, “It was some kind of wow.” Braken also says Illy is a good partner. As an Artisti del Gusto cafe, the cafe also gets an illy-specific espresso maker, a rare offering in comparison to other surrounding cafes.

4. Georgetown Cupcake

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3301 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-8448
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From Georgetown to Manhattan, this cupcake powerhouse serves Illy coffee in all locations. In a statement to Eater, owners Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne say that they "personally love Illy coffee and find it to be a wonderful complement to our cupcakes."

5. Sweet Diablo

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1200 19th St. NW, Suite 130
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 808-2036
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The Italian connection, says co-owner Nuno Freire of the Dupont Circle cafe, got him first hooked on Illy. This native of Portugal also speaks Italian so he instantly hit it off with the Illy reps when they courted him. “They were so nice,” he says. But the most important element, he continues, was the coffee: it was, by far, superior to the other European varietals, such as Lavazza and Nespresso, he and his co-owners vetted to be their shop's coffee.

6. Azi's Cafe

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1336 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 232-0001
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When owner Minya Zeru took over Azi Cafe a few years ago, she made sure to keep Illy as the cafe's coffee purveyor. When asked why she decided to stay with it, Zeru perks up, saying she has personally loved it for years. It's a brand she knows growing up in East Africa.

7. Illy Caffè

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1143 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 775-0800
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The Renaissance was one of Illy's first D.C. area partners. Their New Hampshire Ave. hotel has an Illy Cafe adjacent to the property, which can be accessed directly by customers from the sidewalk. The company's Crystal City hotel also features an Illy cafe.

8. Batter Bowl Bakery

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403 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 675-2011
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This new addition to the H Street corridor, from the owners behind nearby Ethiopic restaurant, serves Illy coffee along with its pastries.

9. Fiola

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601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-2888
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Those who want to enjoy Illy coffee in a more formal setting can head to Penn Quarter's Fiola Restaurant, which serves the coffe. "Love our Illy!" says co-owner Maria Trabocchi.

10. Pastry Xpo

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8190 Strawberry Ln
Falls Church, VA 22042
(571) 282-4970
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Falls Church cupcakery Pastry Xpo, adjacent to the Mosaic District development in Merrifield, is a partner with Illy.

11. Point Chaud

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1012 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 783-0304
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Point Chaud, which has two locations on 14th Street NW, serves Illy coffee along with its crepes.

12. Buzz Bakery

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818 N Quincy St, Ste. 102
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 650-9676
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The original location of Neighborhood Restaurant Group's Buzz Bakery serves Illy coffee; its sister restaurant in Ballston, though, offers MadCap.

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1. Lot 38 Espresso Bar

156 L St SE, Washington, DC 20003
When owner Young Park decided to open this Southeast waterfront coffee shop, he wasn’t quite sure which coffee to serve. Then he tasted Illy and immediately found a winner. He tells Eater that he loved the coffee so much that he made his staff go under the two-week Artisti del Gusto program to become Illy-certified baristas.
156 L St SE
Washington, DC 20003

2. Patisserie Poupon

1645 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Sixteen years ago, this Georgetown bakery first served Illy coffee. Then, it went for another brand. Four years ago, it brought Illy back to the menu because of the “recognition and quality,” said manager Martin Cotignola. “With the best pastry, we wanted the best coffee.”
1645 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

3. Frosting - A Cupcakery

1 Wisconsin Cir, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Frosting’s website boasts of finding “true love” in Illy. Co-owner Todd Braken continues to laud the Italian coffee maker for its quality. After tasting a cappuccino at the popular Illy cafe inside the Renaissance Hotel, he said, “It was some kind of wow.” Braken also says Illy is a good partner. As an Artisti del Gusto cafe, the cafe also gets an illy-specific espresso maker, a rare offering in comparison to other surrounding cafes.
1 Wisconsin Cir
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

4. Georgetown Cupcake

3301 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
From Georgetown to Manhattan, this cupcake powerhouse serves Illy coffee in all locations. In a statement to Eater, owners Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne say that they "personally love Illy coffee and find it to be a wonderful complement to our cupcakes."
3301 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. Sweet Diablo

1200 19th St. NW, Suite 130, Washington, DC 20036
The Italian connection, says co-owner Nuno Freire of the Dupont Circle cafe, got him first hooked on Illy. This native of Portugal also speaks Italian so he instantly hit it off with the Illy reps when they courted him. “They were so nice,” he says. But the most important element, he continues, was the coffee: it was, by far, superior to the other European varietals, such as Lavazza and Nespresso, he and his co-owners vetted to be their shop's coffee.
1200 19th St. NW, Suite 130
Washington, DC 20036

6. Azi's Cafe

1336 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
When owner Minya Zeru took over Azi Cafe a few years ago, she made sure to keep Illy as the cafe's coffee purveyor. When asked why she decided to stay with it, Zeru perks up, saying she has personally loved it for years. It's a brand she knows growing up in East Africa.
1336 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Illy Caffè

1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
The Renaissance was one of Illy's first D.C. area partners. Their New Hampshire Ave. hotel has an Illy Cafe adjacent to the property, which can be accessed directly by customers from the sidewalk. The company's Crystal City hotel also features an Illy cafe.
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

8. Batter Bowl Bakery

403 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
This new addition to the H Street corridor, from the owners behind nearby Ethiopic restaurant, serves Illy coffee along with its pastries.
403 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

9. Fiola

601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Those who want to enjoy Illy coffee in a more formal setting can head to Penn Quarter's Fiola Restaurant, which serves the coffe. "Love our Illy!" says co-owner Maria Trabocchi.
601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

10. Pastry Xpo

8190 Strawberry Ln, Falls Church, VA 22042
Falls Church cupcakery Pastry Xpo, adjacent to the Mosaic District development in Merrifield, is a partner with Illy.
8190 Strawberry Ln
Falls Church, VA 22042

11. Point Chaud

1012 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Point Chaud, which has two locations on 14th Street NW, serves Illy coffee along with its crepes.
1012 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

12. Buzz Bakery

818 N Quincy St, Ste. 102, Arlington, VA 22203
The original location of Neighborhood Restaurant Group's Buzz Bakery serves Illy coffee; its sister restaurant in Ballston, though, offers MadCap.
818 N Quincy St, Ste. 102
Arlington, VA 22203

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