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Mar 25, 2008 06:38 AM

Good Coffee Shops in Greater DC Area

A friend of mine is coming into DC this weekend. He's a coffee shop aficionado. He likes atmosphere, people watching, and obviously good coffee. Anyone have any suggestions about where to go? We have the basics down (Tryst, Teaism), any other suggestions? Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and Caribou don't count.


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  1. Go to Mischas in Old Town Alexandria. They roast a mean bean. The atmosphere is nice. They do not have super baristas (nothing fancy), but they do a great job all around. And they have a nice atmosphere.

    1. Sidamo on H St
      Buzz in Alexandria
      Murky in Clarendon

      Misha's in Alexandria has good coffee, but is pro-smoking which is a deal-breaker for me.

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      1. re: sweth

        Isn't Murky closed now? Or have they not closed yet? I thought I read they had.

        1. re: ktmoomau

          Murky Eastern market closed. Murky Clarendon open. For now.
          What coffeeshops in DC are comfortable for getting afternoon wifi laptop work done, have easy parking including 4-6, other than Port City across from Eastern Market?

          1. re: chowsearch

            There is no such animal as easy parking in DC during rush hour, including in Eastern Market.

            Just saying.

            1. re: chowsearch

              Both of the coffee shops on H Street are terrific and have free wifi, easy parking (meters on the street and you can get lucky on the side streets), and great relaxed atmospheres.
              Sidamo is the Ethiopian shop in the 400 block. Right next to Pap and Petey's, the new blues club, so you can get a little drinkie after you finish your work.
              SOVA is down in the Atlas District in the 1200 block. Their second floor is usually really quiet. They've just gotten their beer/wine license.

          2. re: sweth

            At the other end of Clarendon, nearer to Courthouse, is Java Shack. Independently owned and with a patio for good weather, it also is great for people-watching. Different crowd from Murky.

            1. re: bacchante

              I second, third, and fourth Java Shack.

              (can I do that?!)

          3. I like Busboys and Poets on 14th and V, Mayorga Cafe in Silver Spring, (new outlet in Columbia Heights as well) - they roast their own too! I like Vietnamese coffee in Eden. And Georgetown has any number of cafes that aren't exclusively coffee, but fulfill your other requirements. I like Marvelous Market myself.

            1. I like SoHo Coffee on P St. in Dupont Circle. Lots of tables and couches, good coffee, an amazing chicken salad wrap and the owner (actually he might just be the manager not sure) is quite the charecter and very friendly. They have free wifi as well in case you want to hang out and surf the web. Also if its sunny out this weekend they have outdoor tables.

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              1. re: Elyssa

                Assuming you mean Sami, he's the manager. I believe the older woman who is sometimes at the register is the owner.

              2. Your friend would really enjoy Grape + Bean in Old Town Alexandria. David Gwathmy carries Counter Culture beans and brews to order with a Clover coffee maker. You can also check out their wines, cheeses, equipment, breads, and cured meats.