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Top 10 Coffee Shops in Washington, DC


Looking for a great cup of coffee? Coffee shops seem to be popping up on every corner around Washington, DC. If you are looking for a unique place to enjoy your favorite java, there are several independently owned coffee houses in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Check out these coffee shops and enjoy a great cup of coffee, tea and bakery items. Internet access and live entertainment is available at many of these local cafes. (Listed in alphabetical order)

Caffé Amouri

107 Church St NE Vienna, VA (703) 938-1623. The coffeehouse has CUP OF EXCELLENCE coffee's, microlots, rare and hard to find coffee like true Jamaican Blue Mountain and an excellent array of beans from around the world.

Chinatown Coffee Company

475 H Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 559-7656. Chinatown Coffee focuses on quality coffee and offers a variety of pastries. The company also hosts tastings and discussions with coffee experts.

Ebenezers Coffeehouse

201 F St. NE Washington, DC (202) 558-6900. The National Community Church owns this coffee shop on Capitol Hill and donates all of the proceeds to benefit community outreach projects. Menu items include coffee and a variety of hot drinks, pastries, bagels, and other bakery items. Ebenezers features live music, dance lessons and poetry nights. The lower level is available to rent for private events.

Filter Coffee House and Expresso Bar

1726 20th St NW Washington, DC (202) 234-5837. The independent coffee house in Dupont Circle focuses on carefully chosen coffees, classic espresso-based drinks, and has a commitment to quality and service.

M.E. Swing Co.

17th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC. (800) 485-4019. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, this local coffee shop dates back to 1916. They focus on producing the freshest coffee by hand-craft roasting in small batches.

Mayorga Coffee

Locations in Silver Spring, Rockville, and National, Dulles, BWI and Pittsburgh airports. Mayorga Coffee Roasters is a specialty coffee roaster, wholesaler, and retailer. Mayorga coffee is also available at markets and coffeeshops across the country and online.

Quartermaine Coffee Roasters

Roasting Plant - 4972 Wyaconda Rd. Rockville, MD (301) 230-4600. Coffee shop - 4817 Bethesda Ave. Bethesda, MD (301) 718-2853. The regional specialty coffee roaster sells its coffee at its local shops, in specialty gourmet food stores and online.

St. Elmo's Coffee Pub

2300 Mount Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA (703) 739-9268. This coffee shop with a pub-like atmosphere serves coffee and espresso drinks, teas, baked goods, and sandwiches and salads made daily from the nearby Bread & Chocolate and Caboose Café. Live music is featured Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Free movies are offered every other Tuesday.

Tryst Coffeehouse

2459 18th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 232-5500. Located in the heart of Adams Morgan, this coffee shop is a local favorite, attracting a wide range of patrons with its casual and comfortable atmosphere and extensive hours (open 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. weeknights and 3 a.m on weekends). The menu includes espresso drinks, French pastries, rustic breads, gourmet sandwiches, and international beers, wines, and liqueurs.

U Street Cafe

1301 U St. NW Washington, DC (202) 667-0616. The neighborhood coffeehouse provides a cozy setting to enjoy gourmet coffees from around the world and a wide selection of teas, fresh juices, pastries, full breakfast selections, sandwiches and salads. Live music is performed regularly at the U Street location.

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