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Jan 15, 2007 07:55 PM

Where do I find a cup of Illy or Lavazza Coffee in DC

I love and crave good Italian coffee. I find that most places around here serve a random brand or starbucks/cariboo. I am looking for a place (not a restaurant) that I can buy Illy or Lavazza coffee by the cup. I would prefer it to be in Dupont, Logan Circle, Foggy Bottom or Downtown.

Also, if people can suggest another place that had amazing coffee please write about it here.

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  1. Can't help you with those specific locations, but we believe the best 'srpo in DC is murky coffee in Capitol Hill (also in Clarendon section of Arlington).
    Unlike any Illy or Lavazza you'll find, murky's Toscano blend espresso (N. Italian style) is served less than 10 days post-roast, often less.

    1. I can't recommend in DC, but the Java Shack in the Arlington Court House/Clarendon area serves Lavazza specialty drinks. Ask them for their Lavazza menu...though I believe it's all in Italian...I usually point at what looks good and they'll tell you what's in it. I had a wonderful creation that was half hot and half cold...the espresso on the bottom was hot and then it was topped with this thick cream (crema). It wasn't like anything you can find at our nasty American chains (you know who they are).

      Java Shack is a true little coffee house...nothing chain about it...very hippie/kitsch. I love to support the little businesses...especially when their products kick a**! Check them out online:

      1. Murky Coffee - 660 Pennsylvania Ave SE

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        1. re: chipman

          murky coffee does not sell illy or lavazza.

          although i'm not sure why one would want old stale coffee when they can have fresh roasted/ground beans :).

          anyway, murky has been recommended numerous times on this board. make the trek over to arlington or capitol hill and try them out!

          1. re: kneelconqueso

            my mistake. I didn't read the original request for Illy or lavazza. Oh well, sorry. I do hope you find something you like at Murky.

            1. re: kneelconqueso

              Murky Coffee's espresso will knock either of the brands out of the water, that said, be prepared to wait for your drink- they are not the quickest ones in the world.

          2. Patisserie Poupon on Wisconsin Ave in Georgetown serves Illy and also sells the cannisters. So you know, the cannisters are less expensive at the Italian Store in N Arlington. I haven't seen them any less expensive yet. Still not inexpensive at twelve bones - worth it though.

            Cous Cous Cafe on 20th NW, between M and L, East side of the street, serves Lavazza. They too serve the packages, but I can't recall the price.

            If you find other places that serve Lavazza and/or Illy, post about them.

            Cocinero Cubano

            1. You can find Illy coffee at Buzz in Alexandria, but when I tried it there last week it tasted like I was drinking liquid charcoal. I like a good cup of deep roasted coffee but there's had no character at all.