by Andrew Ramonas October 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

The Wydown on the 14th Street corridor (Photo via Twitter/The Wydown)

A 14th corridor coffeehouse could get a sibling on the H Street corridor next month.

The Wydown Coffee Bar tweeted earlier this week that its forthcoming location at 600 H St. NE might debut in “early-mid November.” The coffee shop will make its home in the new Apollo building, which also will get The Daily Rider bicycle store and a Whole Foods Market in the coming months.

“Construction is going really well,” co-owner Chad McCracken said in an email. “No project goes without hiccups, but overall they have kept on schedule well and the place is really starting to look great.”

The roughly 1,300-square-foot shop will have about 200 more square feet than The Wydown at 1924 14th St. NW, McCracken said. It also will have seating in the lobby of The Apollo.

The menu will include coffee, espresso, booze and baked goods, like the 14th Street location, McCracken said. But Wydown pastry chef Sophie McCracken has been “test baking up a storm with new flavors, recipes, and all sorts of fresh and interesting bakery options,” he said.

The Wydown opened its first permanent location on 14th Street in 2014 after it began as a pop-up coffeehouse a year earlier.

Photo via Twitter/The Wydown

by Tim Regan December 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0

Wydown Window, photo via Facebook / TheWydownCustomers who frequent The Wydown (1924 14th St. NW) may soon be able to get a different kind of buzz there.

According to a new filing with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), the coffee bar’s owners have applied for a restaurant liquor license. If the license is approved, co-owner Alex McCracken said he’d like to assemble a small drink menu.

“One or two reds, one or two whites, a couple beers. … probably one or two house cocktails and maybe a punch,” McCracken said. “It’s not going to be a full bar. We don’t have room for that.”

McCracken added that the goal isn’t to compete with other 14th Street bars. Instead, he said he’d like to make the coffee shop a quiet place where customers can chat while enjoying a beer or a glass of wine.

“Most of the places on 14th are great and fun but they’re not really sit-with-a-friend-and-chat [places],” he said. “It gets a little crazy.”

Though The Wydown currently closes at 9 p.m., McCracken said he’d like to start closing at 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on the weekends.

The coffee bar will likely not begin serving alcohol until at least next spring, McCracken said.

Photo via Facebook / TheWydown

by Borderstan.com May 15, 2013 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

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Chad and Alex McCracken at The Wydown. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

The Wydown Coffee Bar is Chad and Alex McCracken’s first venture. For now it is a pop-up at 1320 U Street NW until their space at the Louis on 14th and U Street is ready.  The McCracken brothers decided to go this route as a way of creating brand recognition, building a customer base and becoming a part of the neighborhood; they already live in the neighborhood but now they are getting to know their customers.

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Kaldis, PTs and Intelligentsia coffees. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Wydown pop-up opened this past weekend. The name comes from St. Louis, their hometown.

For now they are serving Kaldi’s Coffee, PT’s and Intelligentsia.  Offering tea and pastries from Pattiserie Poupon. Once moved to their new space their offerings will grow and they hope they can start roasting their own coffee as well.

The Wydown Coffee Bar is open Monday to Saturday from 7 am  to 2 pm and weekends from 8 am to 2 pm.

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by Borderstan.com May 2, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.

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DC Coffee Bike Crawl is back! This Sunday, May 5. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The DC Coffee Bike Crawl is back. This Sunday, May 5, join this leisurely ride through the city for their third event here in DC. The route will include stops at five different cafes along the way and is completely free to join.

The meeting place, and first café of the morning, will be Qualia Coffee at 9:30 am. The Crawl will leave Qualia at 10 am. and head to Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Café. From there, the ride will continue on to Baked and Wired, The Coffee Bar, and will end at Big Bear Café.

Not only are these some of the best cafes in the city, but each one of them is locally owned. So you can enjoy great coffee, experience a great bike ride through the city, and support your community all at once.

The exact route is coming soon. In the meantime, links and addresses for each café are:

For anyone traveling to the start point by Metro, the nearest station is Georgia Avenue/Petworth. For more information or to RSVP (though not required), check out DC Coffee Bike Crawl’s Facebook page.

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by Borderstan.com October 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,624 2 Comments

From Jonathan Riethmaier @DistrictBean or email him at jonathan[AT]borderstan.com.

Here’s a confession – I’m in an intimate, unadulterated love affair with coffee. It started with careful flirtation for a moment or two, and escalated quickly into an explosion of passion and pure bliss. The best part? It’s a non-exclusive relationship. Coffee doesn’t mind when my eye wanders to that fine new thing I just passed. In fact, coffee encourages experimentation, knowing that each encounter only brings us closer together.

Yes, coffee is for lovers. And this guide is your little black book, for there’s no shortage of coffee-fueled pleasures to be had in Borderstan. What you’ll find below is a carefully curated selection of the very best places to express l’amour du café.

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Kafe Bohem, 600 Florida Ave, NW

Kafe Bohem is a delightfully Czech-inspired café that would be as much at home along the streets of Prague as it is on Florida Avenue. The sister space of next-door Bistro Bohem, the cafe serves elegant Viennese-style classics in addition to the standard fare of coffee and espresso drinks. Here you’ll find such treasures as the Großer Brauner, Einspanner, and the Mélange, each adorned with fanciful steamed milk or house-made whipped cream. And the beans are also true-to-form, roasted by Austrian coffee company, Julius Meinl.

 

"Coffee"Blind Dog Cafe, 944 Florida Ave, NW

Blind Dog Cafe is the cozy transformation of Darnell’s Bar during the morning and mid-day hours. The owners envisioned the pop-up shop as a communal space where neighbors can experience genuine hospitality and strike up a friendly conversation. It was among the first to introduce Topeka-based PTs Coffee to the DC area. Stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee along with in-house made baked goods, and relax on a comfy sofa to steal a moment from a busy day.

 

"coffee"Peregrine Espresso, 1718 14th Street, NW

For some time, Peregrine Espresso has been lauded as one of the finest purveyors of coffee in DC. Its cast of excellently-trained baristas are as knowledgeable as you can hope to find anywhere, led by barista-cum-cafe owner Ryan Jensen, who encourages staff to engage in industry competition and professional development. Sneak over to the 14th Street shop to find some of the most prized coffees from Counter Culture Coffee, and see if there’s a specialty drink available if you want to get adventurous.

 

"coffee"Pitango Gelato, 1451 P Street, NW

Pitango Gelato has multiple locations around DC, but it’s the Logan Circle shop that powers the vibrant section of P Street across from Whole Foods. Some folks come for the authentic Italian gelato, but equally impressive is the compliment of espresso beverages. Indulge with an affogato, a heavenly dessert that highlights the intensity of espresso poured over rich, creamy hazelnut or chocolate gelato. Pitango also has an exceptional iced coffee, which is brewed using a Chemex to bring out subtle fruit and floral qualities in the cup.

 

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Vigilante Coffee has quickly gained a reputation throughout DC by showcasing its small-batch, locally roasted beans at restaurants, cafes and farmer’s markets. But it took a significant step forward in 2012 when it opened a pop-up shop at Mr. Yogato on 17th Street. Stop by any weekday morning to find freshly roasted beans that the Vigilante crew sources through direct relationships with farmers in Guatemala and Hawaii. You can grab beans for home use, but try them out first at the pop-up’s custom pour-over station or as an espresso.

 

Pleasant Pops, 1781 Florida Ave, NW

You may already be familiar with Pleasant Pops. The company’s wildly popular paletas – a Latin American popsicle, of sorts – has been sold around town via food truck and farmer’s markets for a while. But after a successful crowd-funding effort through Kickstarter, the company opened the Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market & Cafe this October on the upper edge of Borderstan. The coffee comes from Annapolis-based Ceremony Coffee, and you can treat yourself to a cappuccino while relaxing in this sunlit cafe overlooking Florida Avenue.

 

"Coffee"Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar, 1726 20th Street, NW

Situated along 20th Street, Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar is just far enough removed, yet so close, to the bustle of Dupont Circle. It’s a perfectly pleasant hideout to enjoy excellently crafted coffee. Filter is one of the few locations in DC where you can request a flat white with confidence, and its highly skilled baristas are among the best at coaxing out the intricate profiles of specialty coffee using the pour over method. Enjoy an array of coffees from Ceremony Coffee and watch for ultra rare offerings, like the Panama Geisha, which at $10 a cup is still worth the price.

 

"Coffee"Dolcezza Gelato, 1704 Connecticut Ave, NW

Dolcezza Gelato is praised for its Argentinian-style gelatos, which span flavors that were both previously unknown and now unforgettable to my palate. But the coffee selection at Dolcezza is just as wide-ranging and delectable as its gelato. At the Dupont Circle location, you can find a roster of some of the country’s top specialty roasters, including the likes of Ritual, MadCap, Verve, Handsome, Four Barrel and Counter Culture. Dolcezza is the perfect spot to grab a coffee and relax at its window seating while you spy on the pedestrians passing down Connecticut Avenue.

 

"coffee"Bean & Bite, 1152 15th Street, NW

This downtown coffee shop on Borderstan’s southern-most reaches has a service model that seeks to compete head-on with the likes of Starbucks and Caribou that dominate coffee in this part of town. Bean and Bite is a quick-serve concept shop that includes a brewed coffee station serving MadCap, Intelligentsia and PTs Coffee. If you’re so inclined, you can also take the reigns of one of two super-automatic espresso machines. Grab a freshly prepared salad or a cookie on a quick break from the office.

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by Borderstan.com September 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm 1,426 2 Comments

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Join the Coffee Bike Crawl this Sunday. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Jonathan Riethmaier @DistrictBean or email him at jonathan[AT]borderstan.com.

This post ran originally on the DistrictBean.

Back for a second year, the 2012 Coffee Bike Crawl is a caffeinated tour of some of DC finest coffee shops. Come along for stops at five great cafes and a low impact ride that’s open to all. The Coffee Bike Crawl kicks off at Qualia Coffee at 10 a.m., then heads to Flying Fish Coffee & Tea, Dolcezza Gelato, Blind Dog Cafe and Big Bear Cafe. There’s no cost to join, and RSVP isn’t mandatory, but you can let others know you’re attending by visiting the event’s Facebook page. (Check out the updated schedule and route.)

The inspiration for the ride came from co-organizer Elizabeth O’Connell on a visit to San Francisco, when she stumbled upon a group of 30 bikers at a cafe in the Tenderloin. Elizabeth says, “The crew explained to me they were biking together from one cafe to the next, and I thought, ‘We could totally do this in DC!'” She joined with friend and barista Laura Westman (Big Bear Cafe) and formed the innagural Coffee Bike Crawl in 2011 that attracted some 40 riders.

“People have asked ‘What’s the point of the ride? Is there a cause?’ The truth is, the point of the ride is to enjoy good coffee, good company and some fresh air,” said Elizabeth. “DC has some great, friendly neighborhood cafes that people may not know exist if they don’t have the chance to step outside or their normal routine.”

Coffee Bike Crawl Stops

Note: Here is a map with the updated route.

Feel free to share event details with friends and neighbors. You can download the Coffee Bike Crawl flyer, or send your buds to www.districtbean.com/coffeebike. You can also contact event organizers with questions – Elizabeth O’Connell and Laura Westman. Official partners of the Coffee Bike Crawl include The Bike House and District Bean.

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