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Nov 3, 2011 06:24 AM


Looking for first rate coffee in DC. I'm on the Maryland/DC border (near American University) and am looking for something a little different than Starbucks

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    1. Another good place not mentioned in the previous thread I cited is Chinatown Coffee (but I prefer Peregrine Espresso.)

      1. Are you looking for a place to drink coffee while you're doing your homework or waiting for your next class? Or a place to buy good quality coffee beans for your own brewing?

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        1. re: MikeR

          Mainly what im interested is a place to buy a good cup of coffee. Not to concerned with the availability of seating though. Also, I drink black coffee most of the time. For example, Joe in NY has amazing barristas but ive never been to wowed by coffee in in of itself.

        2. Near Tenleytown, there's a nice atmospheric coffeeshop in the basement of Politics and Prose - Modern Times Cafe -

          I was never blown away by the coffee to be honest ( like you, I take it black ), but it's a "real" coffeeshop, attached to a very nice bookstore if you're looking for something to read.

          Oh a whim, I googled for coffee and Bethesda, which isn't too far away. ( Closer than Chinatown ). I found Quartermaine Roasters, whcih claims to have been in business for about 20 years. Maybe worth checking out. Anyone ever been?

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          1. re: chuletas

            I've been, but not for a few years now. I think it's just OK - fine if you are in the neighborhood, but not worth traveling for.

            1. re: chuletas

              I really don't like Quartermaine, especially with Dolcezza ~100 feet away...

            2. I second Peregrine, and would throw in Dolcezza (Gtown, DuPont Circle and Bethesda). Dolcezza has excellent baristas who know how to texture milk for a very good latte. And theyve got great gelato.