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looking for good coffeeshops

So many times I am in an unfamiliar neighborhood and want to stop for a good cup of joe. So, in this land of *$ and DunkinDonuts, where are the good coffee shops? Places with good eats are worth bonus points.

Please include general (and/or specific) location.


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  1. Are you looking for places in Baltimore, D.C. or NOVA?

    1. Sparky's on 14th Street (near R) is a great coffee shop.

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          Main Street Bagel in the City of Fairfax sells Swing's Coffee...they always have about 5 brew choices...very good.

        2. My two favorite coffee shops:

          Juan Valdez at 7th and E NW
          Juan Valdez at 1889 I NW (I believe)

          They are both a little sparse on the inside - but good because the World Bank one has big, open, south-and-west-facing windows from floor to ceiling that are really livening (not a word, I don't think), and the one in Penn Quarter is a nice respite from the crowdedness of the Starbucks' on 7th and Indiana, 7th and E, and 7th and H (Seriously, that's a lot of freaking starbucks).

          Oh, and also? They have IMO the best coffee around. The Tinto Campesino, with brown sugar and cinnamon, is fantastic. And I for the most part don't even usually drink much coffee. I'll go out of my way for this stuff.

          1. Mischas in Alexandria is pretty fine and they roast a mean bean.

            1. Java Shack in Court House (Arlington)...great coffee and some good lite snacks. http://www.javashack.com/

              Also, I haven't been there in a while but a lot of people seem to like Murky Coffee (two locations – DC and Clarendon). http://www.murkycoffee.com/shtml/hour...

              1. Second the recommendation on Mischa's and Murky, both have great coffee and a nice independent atmosphere. Mocha Hut in the U street district is also pretty good.

                1. I really like Murky, but sometimes their coffee is a bit too strong for me. Don't get me wrong, it's super tasty, but if you don't like strong coffee, then Murky isn't the place for you. Maybe my problem is that I get their espresso drinks, but I can't resist their Caramel Latte!

                  If you're in DC, I like Ebenezer's near Union Station. They're free trade coffee people too (like Murky) and the coffee isn't too strong, but it isn't weak either. Here's their URL: http://www.ebenezerscoffeehouse.com/

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                  1. re: orangemix

                    Ebenezer's is owned by a church.

                  2. I like Bad Ass in Manassas. We enjoyed Bad Ass coffee in Hawaii and were tickled to see it in NoVA. The help is friendly, too, as are the patrons.

                    Now, I really like strong coffee made in a french press. Absolutely hate the smell and taste of coffee that's from one of those omnipresent brewing machines. Bad Ass is mellower than I normally care for but has none of the metallic nasty taste.

                    I go out of my way to avoid the over-roasted stuff they serve at Bigbucks.

                    As a side note, if you like to make coffee at home, you should order your whole beans from Ohori's in Santa Fe. They have a website and their coffee is awesome.

                    1. Has anyone tried the Clifton Coffee Mill? I think it's pretty new, maybe opened last spring.

                      1. Just as a general reference, there's a web site that lists coffee shops that aren't Starbucks. Lots of duplication, but you might find some new names. See http://www.delocator.net/index.php

                        1. I was hoping for replies from all around. Thanks to those who have so far. That's a nice find, MikeR!

                          1. Going through some old posts. Tryst on 18th st is my absolute favorite- 18th and Columbia- adams morgan.

                            1. I like the coffee downstairs at Politics and Prose Bookstore on Connecticut Ave. Soho is also good in Dupont Circle. But one of my favorites is out in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. If you're out that way try the Lost Dog Cafe. It's a throwback to the 60's and they have wonderful, inventive coffee creations that they spend time making and it's worth the effort. It's a funky little joint and very fun that also sells their own blends. I also like the regular and flavored coffees such as Grand Marnier flavored coffee at Old Town Coffee, Tea and Spice on Union St. in Alexandria. The Grand Marnier has pieces of orange peel in it. They have a very flavorful pumpkin spice which is great in the winter. Also a wide selection. During the warm months I always have a big pitcher of iced coffee on hand and usually put one french pressfull of flavored coffee in the batch along with a strong espresso which gives it a little kick. I also often order on line from Baby's Coffee in Key West. http://www.babyscoffee.com. Enjoy