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Profile: Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar

by Borderstan.com June 28, 2010 at 5:10 am 2 Comments

Alejandra Owens Filter Coffeehouse Dupont Circle

Filter Coffeehouse is on 20th Street NW, south of S Street. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time

Filter Coffeehouse opened in March and had gone largely unnoticed by me until I was taking a round about way home one day. I was walkin’, jammin’ out to Taio Cruz… there’s The Real World house… wonder what they’re doing with… hey! What’s THAT!

That… was Filter Coffeehouse. I told my boyfriend we needed to stop by sometime and deviate from the usual Starbucks routine. But, we didn’t go until my friend, Adventures in Shaw, was enthusiastically tweeting about Flat Whites one day. What is a Flat White? Adventures In Shaw says it best:

A flat white is an espresso based drink that originated in New Zealand and Australia. Steamed milk (apparently pulled from the bottom of a steaming pitcher… no, I don’t know what that means either) is poured over either a single or a double shot of espresso and handed over to an unsuspecting person to drink.

Filter Coffeehouse Alejandra Owens Dupont Circle

The Flat White originated in Australia and New Zealand. (Alejandra Owens)

Done! I was there in a jiffy! I really love coffee. I’m not a connoisseur, more of a junkie.

Their coffee was great, the price point was just right (see below) and frankly, I think Dupont needs more indie coffeehouses. I’m thankful for places like Afterwords Cafe at Kramer Books, but this, this is a coffeehouse. What do you guys think? Are there coffeehouses in or near the Circle I am woefully missing?

Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar

Where Am I Going: Just a bit north of Dupont Circle at 1726 20th NW (20th and S Streets).

When Am I Going: Monday-Thursday 7 am-7 pm; Friday 7 am-9 pm; Saturday 8 am-9 pm; and Sunday 8 am-6 pm. Pretty much whenever you need coffee the most.

Alejandra Owens Filter Coffeehouse Dupont Circle

A scone at Filter Coffeehouse. (Alejandra Owens)

Paycheck Pain: Espresso? $2.25! Flat White? $3.00! Plain coffee? $2.75 for a large! Pretty much the most “expensive” thing on the menu is the $5 mocha. HA! Treat and snacks are equally pocket-friendly.

Say What?: Really quiet. Almost… awkwardly quiet? At the time I was in there, Sunday late afternoon, there wasn’t  much hustle and bustle or raucous goings ons. Anyone have a different experience?

What You’ll Be Eating: The usual croissant or scone action.

Happy Hour: It’s caffeine… isn’t every hour a happy hour when you’re drinking coffee?

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Comments (2)

  1. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone about this place! There is already not enough seating and it’s already too crowded.

    Though some of that can be attributed to ‘campers.’–those that buy 1 cup of coffee and sit with their laptop for 3 hours.

  2. Unequivocally Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar is THE very best indeed ! From the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Koke District (my favorite) to the Single Origin Espresso – simply YUMMY !! … and my commute is 2500 miles.

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