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Coffee Culture in NoVa

kwlarsen Jul 7, 2008 08:15 AM

I just moved from the coffee-mecca of Boulder, Colorado and was spoiled by the plethora of choices of good independent coffee houses to enjoy a cup and work on my laptop. I haven't had any luck finding anything similar in the Vienna, Virginia area thus far. Does anyone have any suggestions of places I haven't been able to find yet? Bonus points for somewhere close to the W+OD trail so I can leave the car at home. Thanks.

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    kneelconqueso RE: kwlarsen Jul 7, 2008 11:17 AM

    i don't think murky coffee in arlington is tooooooo terribly far on the w&od. its a chowhound favorite.

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      rHairing RE: kwlarsen Jul 7, 2008 11:30 AM

      I live in Oakton and gee we have 2 Starbucks in our plaza.... I personally like Jamie's General Bean in Centreville and stop there on my way to hike Bull Run etc.


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        Bob W RE: rHairing Jul 7, 2008 02:23 PM

        Sad news: I noticed a few weeks ago that Jamie's General Bean has closed. No doubt the poor economy played some role.

        It's too bad, this was a great independent coffee house.

        One thought: Wegmans has good coffee and the Sterling (er, "Dulles") location is close to the W&OD parking lot on 28.

        Stacy's in Falls Church has good coffee and a nice vibe -- it's not too too far from the trail, I think.

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          kwlarsen RE: Bob W Jul 7, 2008 03:39 PM

          Nice, Stacy's looks like a good possibility. I'll definitely be running by to try out their coffee in the very near future. Thanks.

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            Meg RE: kwlarsen Jul 15, 2008 12:22 PM

            Stacy's also has great homemade and healthy breakfast burritos. It's my regular stop to and from the Falls Church Farmer's Market every Saturday.

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        ChewFun RE: kwlarsen Jul 7, 2008 11:53 AM

        I went to Boulder 10 years ago and was annoyed to find that all of the coffee houses I went to served capuccinos in full glasses. They expected you to carry the dangerously hot glass to you table without a tray. How are you supposed to do this without burning your hand or spilling it onto your hands. Couldn't they have mugs? Is this still the case?

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          kwlarsen RE: ChewFun Jul 7, 2008 03:38 PM

          There are still a couple of those, generally the one's that are trying too hard to be 'hip'. If you're ever in Boulder again, the best caps, nice and dry, are served at The Trident, about a block west of the pedestrian part of Pearl Street. The place has been there forever and there are still the same people, literally, hanging out there that were there when I started my addicting to caffeine fifteen years ago.

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          Aza Mila RE: kwlarsen Jul 15, 2008 10:59 AM

          There is a pretty funny story about Murky Coffee here:

          The owners rebuttal is here:

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            lindsay_r RE: Aza Mila Jul 15, 2008 08:12 PM

            that is hilarious!!! ghetto latte !!!!!!!!

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              julialimei RE: Aza Mila Jul 18, 2008 02:30 PM

              I saw this a few days back and have been laughing about it ever since!

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