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I'm sure someone has written about this before...but I did a quick search and couldn't find anything...so sorry if this is old news.

I would love to know your favorite coffee place and favorite beverage there...in the Arlington area. (no Starbucks, Cosi...etc. please!)

A couple places I already know and love...

Cassatt's – love the mochaccino and iced coffee (Lee Heights Shopping Center)
Java Shack – unique Lavazza espresso drinks...and good ice tea (Court House)

Also...know anywhere that serves Illy coffee? :)

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  1. My Bakery on Colombia Pike just W of Bailey's Crossroads has a line of iced coffee drinks that are heavenly and reasonably priced as well. They also make a sensational 'parfait' for dessert, like a trifle serverd in a glass for $2 bucks, enough for two people.

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    1. re: Steve

      I was just in My Bakery yesterday and was thinking about a coffee drink, but if they had them, they must be "under the counter." I saw coffee pots on the counter and a table card for some kind of freeze, but didn't see anything on a menu or board, and my Spanish isnt good enough (and the counterman's English wasn't good enough) to chat.

      What should I ask for if I'm in the mood on the next visit? I like their saltena and one of those and a fruit juice drink makes a nice, cheap lunch.

      1. re: MikeR

        Yes, I was writing about the frappe drinks. There is probably a poster and also a card at the counter. The do these extremely well, and they charge less than other places.

    2. Murky Coffee (formerly Common Grounds) in Clarendon is always hopping, perhaps it is just for the free WiFi access. I think the coffee is fine as is the atmosphere.

      http://www.murkycoffee.com/shtml/hour...

      http://www.murkycoffee.com/shtml/coff...

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      1. re: dcs

        I don't know how I forgot about Murky...a friend of mine opened and managed Common Grounds. Unfortunately I haven't had a good coffee there...but I should give it another try because it's been a while. I actually really liked Murky when they had a tiny shop in G-town on Wisconsin.

      2. what about Hot Shots in Clarendon? Have always liked the coffee, dont know about the drinks as I am a straight coffee person.

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        1. re: MetroHound

          Got an iced coffee from Hot Shots once - dumped it and went to Murky. They used hot coffee on ice - a big no-no in my book.

          1. re: beachgirl54

            ooo...i agree...a huge no-no. i had someone do that at Panera bread once...obviously they didn't know what they were doing. watered down, luke warm coffee...yuck! :P

        2. Couscous Cafe in DC (20th and M) serves Illy.

          1. Murky serves good coffee, but I thought the place was horrible. I don't know how people were actually sitting there doing work, I couldn't wait to leave. Dirty floors, torn and dirty furniture . . . I'll take mine to go!

            1. That would be because Nick spends his money on top equipment and great coffee, not so much on furniture. He's got what I think is the only Synessa in the DC area. And he's using Counter Culture coffees.

              AK... Illy? Really, you'd go out of your way to look for coffee that's been stale for weeks? Btw, I believe the Common Grounds folks are now up here in Brighton Heights (just west of Pittsburgh) having opened a place called The Vault. They're still using the Orinoco roasts. Aaron (whom I'm guessing you're referring to) has been up here trying to work with them on getting to Murky standards.