Dupont Circle residents can now get their Coffee Bar fix a little closer to home.
The coffee shop opened its second location on the corner of 17th and M Streets NW earlier this morning.
— The Coffee Bar (@thecoffeebardc) October 28, 2015
The store, said Coffee Bar assistant manager Jeremy Jensen last month, is catered toward commuters and people who want to take their coffee to-go. But the new shop does have a small seating area that faces the street for optimal people watching.
Starbucks has submitted liquor license applications to serve beer and wine at five additional D.C. locations this week, including locations in Shaw and Adams Morgan.
This week’s applications brings the total number of District Starbucks looking to serve alcohol to 10. Last week, the company applied to serve beer and wine at locations in Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Chevy Chase and downtown.
The locations that were added to the list of applicants this week are:
- 815 O St. NW (Shaw)
- 3416 Wisconsin Ave. NW (Cleveland Park)
- 1000 H St. NW (downtown)
- 237 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (Capitol Hill)
- 1801 Columbia Rd. NW (Adams Morgan)
A Starbucks spokesperson told us via e-mail last week that the push for alcoholic drinks is part of the company’s new “Starbucks Evening” service, which also includes a small plate menu.
Though the spokesperson did not say what might be on tap, a sample menu shows the coffee chain may serve red, white and sparkling wines by the bottle and glass and “craft beer.” Menus vary by region, meaning it’s possible the stores could serve local beer and wine
Small plate possibilities include truffle mac and cheese, bacon-wrapped dates, chicken skewers and truffle popcorn.
A recent public hearing notice for new liquor license applications shows that Starbucks seeks to serve beer and wine at five locations in Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Chevy Chase and downtown. The company also applied for liquor licenses in Arlington and Reston.
If the applications are approved, the following locations would serve alcohol:
- 443 7th St. NW
- 1700 Connecticut Ave. NW
- 5500 Connecticut Ave. NW
- 1810 Wisconsin Ave. NW
- 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW
A Starbucks spokesperson said via e-mail that the push for alcoholic drinks is part of the company’s new “Starbucks Evenings” service, which also includes a small plate menu.
Though the spokesperson did not say what might be on tap, a sample menu shows the coffee chain may serve red, white and sparkling wines by the bottle and glass and “craft beer.” Menus vary by region, meaning it’s possible the stores could serve local beer and wine. Small plate possibilities include truffle mac and cheese, bacon-wrapped dates, chicken skewers and truffle popcorn.
Lucky residents in Shaw, Dupont Circle and elsewhere will be able to drink nitro coffee for free next week thanks to local food delivery startup Galley.
The delivery service will give away thousands of 12-ounce bottles of Compass Coffee‘s nitro cold brew to residents in Chinatown, Penn Quarter, Shaw, Mount Vernon, NoMa, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom and Georgetown on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m.
To enter to win a free bottle, participants must request a free coffee delivery through Galley’s iPhone app. The more requests received from a specific address, the more likely it is that participants will win free coffee.
Galley will also sell Compass nitro coffee as an add-on to any lunch order.
Image via Facebook.com/CompassCoffeeDC
A Starbucks at the intersection of 18th and N Streets NW is currently closed due to a broken air conditioning unit, said employees at the store shortly before noon today.
“We apologize but we are currently closed,” reads a sign in the store’s window. The front and side doors of the Starbucks are currently locked.
The employees did not say when they expect the location to reopen.
A Logan Circle bike shop will make sure local cyclists are caffeinated tomorrow morning.
Bike Rack DC, located at 1412 Q Street NW, will hand out free hot and iced coffee at the corner of 14th and Q from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Though pedestrians are free to stop by and chat, only cyclists can get a free cup of coffee, said a Bike Rack employee by phone today.
Photo via Facebook.com/BikeRackDC
The Royal, a much-anticipated cafe in LeDroit Park, is now open for business.
From this morning until 1 p.m., patrons can visit the eatery, located at 501 Florida Avenue NW, for “limited coffee service,” which includes light food and free samples of its cold brew coffee.
Additionally, the cafe’s bar will open at 5 p.m. today.
As reported in the Washington Post, The Royal will serve Colombian fare such as arepas, empanadas, blood sausage and plantains in addition to South American wines and shaved ice cocktails from the bar.
Photo via Twitter.com/TheRoyalDC
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.
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.
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
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:
- Qualia Coffee: Petworth, 3917 Georgia Avenue NW
- Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Café: U Street 1781 Florida Avenue NW
- Baked and Wired: Georgetown 1052 Thomas Jefferson Avenue, NW
- The Coffee Bar: Logan Circle, 1201 S Street NW
- Big Bear Café: Bloomingdale, 1700 First Street NW
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.
The Bike Rack (1412 Q Street NW) is offering free coffee for bicycle commuters Wednesday morning, April 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 am.
Stop by say hello to Chuck and enjoy your day.
Staff from the local bicycle shop will be at the corner of 14th and Q NW handing out free cups of Peregrine joe as commuters make their way into work.
Baristas from both cities will put their latte art skills to the test as they host concurrent events that will be streamed in DC and Chicago. The finalists from the two locations will square off to determine an overall champion.
The event is organized in the city by DMV Coffee. “We’re quite proud of the quality of baristas around here, so it’s time to have some fun and let it all hang out in a throwdown between DC and Chicago,” said Jonathan Riethmaier, who co-organizes the throwdowns with DMV Coffee. “It’s also a great opportunity to come out and cheer on your local coffee pros in a different environment than what you may be used to.”
Not sure of the what a “Thursday Night Throwdown Entails? See DC’s Coffee Scene Has A Secret: Thursday Night Throwdown.
- What: DC vs. Chicago Throwdown
- Where: The Coffee Bar, 1201 S Street NW.
- When: Thursday, April 18. Sign up at 8:30 pm, pouring at 9 pm.
From Laetitia Brock. Email her at laetitia[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow her at @FrenchTwistDC and on her own blog, French Twist DC.
The Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee announced its plan to close 80 locations next week and to convert 88 others into Peet’s Coffee and Tea shops.
Luckily for Borderstan coffee drinkers, two of our Caribou locations, at 1800 M Street NW and 1101 17th Street are not closing, but they will be rebranded as Peet’s Coffee and Tea shops in the next 12 to 18 months, with employees at both stores having the opportunity to reapply for their jobs.
Plans for the Caribou Coffee Shop at 14th and Rhode Island NW have not been announced by the company. The building is being redeveloped by Abdo.
The move comes just four months after Caribou was acquired by German firm Joh. A. Benckiser, which had also acquired Peet’s Coffee back in 2010. It will be interesting to see the transition, as Peet’s stores have a more upscale ambiance (and slightly higher prices) than Caribou with its laid-back, lodge setting.
I personally will miss the daily trivia questions, not that I ever got many of them right.
From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com.
Local coffee shop Peregrine Espresso (1718 14th Street NW) recently won first place in the America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition. Along with taking home the top prize of $2,500, Peregrine Espresso also won the distinction, and bragging rights, of being named the best coffeehouse on the East Coast.
As reported by WTOP, Peregrine Espresso sent three baristas to New York City to participate in the competition. Each coffeehouse was judged on each unique aspect of the coffee brewing experience including bar management, teamwork, presentation and taste.
Competitions to decide the central and western region winners will be held in Chicago and Seattle later this year.
Visit Peregrine Espresso’s website to learn more about their award winning coffee and service.
From Jonathan Riethmaier @DistrictBean or email him at jonathan[AT]borderstan.com.
The series of activities that comprise my morning ritual can be neatly placed into two distinct categories. First there are the things that occur before my morning coffee, a forgettable yet loathsome set of tasks fueled by a sort of sub-human automation I like to refer to as Zombie Jonathan.
Then there are the post-coffee activities, which I tackle with heightened mental awareness and significantly enhanced efficiency and mood. As my colleagues and wife can attest, Zombie Jonathan is not welcomed company.
Scientists have observed that, while that mood and cognitive functioning can improve after drinking coffee, we can now draw a connection between caffeine and our ability to process positive stimuli.
When we take down our morning coffee, we’re actually supercharging our brain’s ability to recognize and process words with positive connotations, an effect not observed with neutral or negative words.
So if you’ve noticed that the world seems a bit brighter after your morning joe, there’s evidence that our brain is working faster as we hear or see good news!
This connection was observed by Lars Kuchinke and Vanessa Lux*, researchers at Ruhr University in Buchum, Germany, who point to caffeine’s role in dopaminergic transmission in the brain. If we consume enough caffeine, they say, we create a positivity advantage in the left hemisphere, the area most associated with language.
The result is faster and more accurate brain processing of positive information. And research shows that as little as 200 milligrams of caffeine, or two to three cups of coffee, is sufficient enough to boost such performance.
In a research experiment, Kuchinke and Lux gathered 66 healthy participants who reported “normal” caffeine consumption (on average, 1.58 cups of coffee per day). The participants were split between a caffeine group — those provided with a 200-milligram caffeine tablet — and a placebo group that received a sugar tablet.
Each group consumed their tablet 30 minutes prior to a word recognition test in which actual words with varying connotations (positive, neutral or negative) were presented amid pseudo-words, strings of letters that look and feel like real words but have no lexical meaning. Participants had to quickly and accurately recognize the actual words, then rate them on a Likert scale from 1 (calm) to 7 (highly arousing).
The results indicated that the caffeine group performed significantly better when evaluating positive words. There was no difference in the recognition of words that were either neutral or negative. This means that us coffee lovers aren’t simply processing all information better, but specifically the positive information we encounter. It’s just another happy bit of news for the caffeinated among us. And I’ll drink to that!
* Lars Kuchinke, Vanessa Lux. Caffeine Improves Left Hemisphere Processing of Positive Words.
From Jonathan Riethmaier @DistrictBean or email him at jonathan[AT]borderstan.com.
Kafe Bohem is off the beaten path. That is to say it’s both geographically situated outside DC’s busiest neighborhoods, and a clear departure from standard cafe fare. It’s different. Intriguing. And, dare I say it, a veritable Bohemian rhapsody. Kafe Bohem, the neighbor and sister property of Czech-inspired Bistro Bohem, opened in September 2012 in Shaw, and has since been infusing the DC cafe scene with culture and coffee.
Situated along Florida Avenue with a clear view of LeDroit Park, Kafe Bohem draws upon the cafes of Prague, and features true-to-form Viennese-style coffee, decadent sweet things and art Nouveau images from famed Czech painter Alphonse Mucha. Kafe Bohem owner Jarek Mika, who immigrated from then Czechoslovakia, hopes to have the same success in his cafe that he’s enjoyed in his restaurant. Bistro Bohem, which has been open nearly a year, attracts a loyal following of expatriates alongside neighborhood regulars who have developed a taste for schnitzel, pirogue and classic Czech dishes.
Kafe Bohem’s coffee program manager Lenora Yerkes was heavily involved in the cafe’s build out and conceptualization. She and Jarek set out to create a community-centric coffee spot, pulling from neighboring LeDroit Park and Shaw, but also inviting coffee-goers from across the District to relax, connect and enjoy themselves outside the home and office. The two have engineered a coffee program that compliments the Czech penchant for pastries and tarts.
Aside from coffee staples, like the cappuccino and latte, Kafe Bohem has introduced a line of Viennese coffee drinks that may be new to many, like the Großer Brauner (a.k.a, Big Brown), coffee with steamed milk; Einspanner, coffee with house-made whipped cream; Espresso con Panna, espresso topped with whipped cream; and the Mélange, a drink similar to a cappuccino, but with a large head of foam and dusted with cinnamon or cocoa. The cafe’s coffee comes from Julius Meinl, a Viennese roasting company based in Chicago.
Kafe Bohem occupies the former space of Trinidadian eatery Zee’s Restaurant. Since the closure of Zee’s, Jarek has expanded into the 1,100-square-foot space, which now shares a kitchen with his Bistro and acts as overflow seating during the evening. Similarly, customers of Kafe Bohem may be seated in the Bistro as needed during morning and lunch hours. Kafe Bohem closes at 5 p.m. each day, just as the Bistro opens for service.
Kafe Bohem at 600 Florida Ave, NW offers a taste of something different for DC’s coffee crowd. And to that, I say Na zdraví!
This article was originally posted on September 3, 2012, at District Bean.