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On-premises Coffee Roaster in Washington, DC, Area

spillenger Oct 6, 2012 01:59 AM

Living in Bristol, UK, at the moment. Discovered the best coffee I've ever had, and I'm a coffee snob. The shop is Twoday Coffee Roasters. They use the highest quality fair-trade cherries, roast them on-site, only sell this year's crop and only beans that have been roasted in the previous 2 days. They strongly advise you to buy only what you will use in the next 7 days max. As I said, just amazing coffee.

Simple question: Anything like this in the DC area? I've been mail ordering coffee for years, but not anymore.


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    MikeR RE: spillenger Oct 6, 2012 06:16 AM

    I used to buy from Beanetics in Annandale every few weeks but haven't been there in a while. I think I may have slacked off during the coffee price spike a year or so ago. You have to twist some arms and do the math for them if you want to buy different quantities than the 10 oz and 1 pound bags that they pre-package but the coffee was good and they have an in-store roaster and the owners (I assume they're still there) are really interested in coffee in general, blends, and the roasting proceess.


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      mscoffee1 RE: spillenger Oct 6, 2012 11:26 AM

      These are local roasters - but coffee origins might not be what you want;
      Quartermaine is a relatively dark roast and not as small an operation, I think, as Nagadi

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        Steve RE: spillenger Oct 6, 2012 12:07 PM

        Java House DC at 17th and Q, NW roasts onsite daily. If you want more info you'd have to call.

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          braver RE: spillenger Oct 6, 2012 07:09 PM

          Sidamo on H St. NE (and in fulton, md) roasts its own, primarily Ethiopian, beans. I don't know enough about coffee to comment on the quality but they are nice people and host a traditional ethiopian coffee ceremony each week.

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            KevinS RE: spillenger Oct 8, 2012 07:12 AM

            A realitivly new place, Qualia Coffee, on Gergia Ave in Petworth. They roast properly, everyweek. It's the best I've had since the days of Sirius Coffee.


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              PatsyWalker RE: spillenger Oct 8, 2012 07:15 AM

              Swing's Coffee. I work near the shop near the White House. Based on what they sell in the shop, I think they roast in Alexandria. I believe I've seen the beans on sale in Mom's.

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                monkeyrotica RE: PatsyWalker Oct 24, 2012 09:28 AM

                Whole Foods in Old Town also carries Swings. And Swing's is opening a cafe in their new roasting plant in Del Ray.


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                  tcamp RE: monkeyrotica Nov 9, 2012 06:52 AM

                  Looking forward to that opening up - I hope they are dog-friendly as there is a built-in clientele right across the street at the canine park.

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                    alkapal RE: tcamp Dec 26, 2012 06:41 AM

                    m.e. swings is what they serve at district taco. good stuff!

              2. Juvu RE: spillenger Oct 8, 2012 09:23 AM

                Instead of roasting in house, most coffee shops around here (i.e. Big Bear, Peregrine, and maybe Filter?) use Counter Culture which is based in North Carolina, Not-quite-DC, but still fairly close and highly recommended is Ceremony Coffee which is based in Annapolis (a scant 30 miles outside of DC). They have a roastery but with strange hours so double-check before you make the drive. If you don't feel like driving out that way (you really should, Annapolis is a nice town), then you can purchase not only Ceremony but also Stumptown beans at Baked & Wired in Georgetown, but it'll run you roughly $15 a bag.

                1. ktmoomau RE: spillenger Oct 8, 2012 08:44 PM

                  I would second Sidamo and Swings (who does roast in Alexandria). I would add Misha's in Alexandria.

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                    tcamp RE: ktmoomau Nov 9, 2012 06:51 AM

                    Seconding Misha's. I really enjoy their roasted beans and onsite drinks.


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                    whimsey RE: spillenger Oct 26, 2012 12:57 PM

                    I was told that Filter uses Ceremony coffee, roasted in Annapolis. I've started buying it from Whole Foods-- not as fresh as I'd like, but more to my liking than the other local roasts that I've tried.

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                      foodnstats RE: spillenger Nov 8, 2012 08:48 PM

                      I will add another vote for Sidamo. I tried it out for the first time today and have nothing but great things to say. Get the yerg (either the beans or a pour over there), it's excellent. One of the best cups I've had outside of Seattle.

                      1. alkapal RE: spillenger Nov 14, 2012 05:42 AM

                        who roasts the coffee at district taco in arlington? it is roasted in alexandria, and is very good.

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                          MikeR RE: alkapal Nov 15, 2012 04:45 AM

                          The blackboard used to say, and I think it might have been M.E.Swing. Though I'm a water drinker, it's nice to see Boylan's sodas rather than the usual self serve Coca Cola or Pepsi products.

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                            alkapal RE: MikeR Dec 26, 2012 06:41 AM

                            yes, it is swings.

                        2. Smiles2008 RE: spillenger Dec 27, 2012 01:57 PM

                          I agree with Misha's. Also, might want to check out Grape and Bean but they don't roast on-site.

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