The Daily Meal and Washington City Paper

Two recent media mentions to cover:

Yesterday, The Daily Meal revealed its annual list of America’s 50 Best Coffee Shops as chosen by their esteemed panel. Last year, we ranked #14 on their list and this year, we were bumped up to #5! While all these lists can be pretty subjective, we are honored at the mention. Also, if you’ve ever wondered where to drink coffee when traveling around the US, this list is definitely worth consulting.

WUSA9 visited and here is the footage: click

Last week was the annual Washington City Paper Best Of issue. We’ve been voted in the top three for Best Coffee Shop in each of the past four years and were voted #1 in 2013. This year, City Paper readers voted us #3 Best Neighborhood Coffee Shop behind longtime favorite, Tryst, and newish neighborhood shop, The Coffee Bar. Thanks for the love, DC!

New Menus- Barista’s Choice

Since opening our second shop on 14th St NW in 2011, we’ve pretty much had the same menu at each of our shops at any given moment. You like that Finca Mauritania at our Eastern Market shop? Odds are pretty good that it is on the menu at the other two. We consider the options available to us from our good friends at Counter Culture and then generally decide on a company-wide menu.

This month, we tried something different. Two weeks ago, we ordered 18 different coffees, held two giant cuppings and let the baristas from each shop decide on the menu they’ll be serving. On the table were seven small lots from Ecuador, as well as one or more coffees from Peru, Colombia, El Salvador, Bolovia, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Papua New Guinea. Essentially, these are the best coffees available during this season of the year.

The coffees were cupped blind, votes were submitted and the results will be rolled out at the shops in the next couple of days. There were a couple of company-wide favorites (Mpemba and Los Alpes) but also a number of coffees that will only be available at one of the shops so feel free to travel about the city and taste them all. (There are also two coffees at Eastern Market that can’t be found anywhere else as we’ve secured the entire lot.)

Eastern Market:
Remera, Rwanda
Mpemba, Burundi
Bertha Dolores Ruiz Castillo, Ecuador (Peregrine exclusive)
Robert Antonio Jarmarillo Camacho, Ecuador (Peregrine exclusive)
Finca Los Alpes, El Salvador

Baroida, PNG
Mpemba, Burundi
Nueva Llusta, Bolivia
Segundo Benjamin Ruiz, Ecuador
Finca Los Alpes, El Salvador

Union Market:
Remera, Rwanda
Tsheya, DRC
Tairora, PNG,
Mpemba, Burundi
Finca Los Alpes, El Salvador

Holiday Hours

Are as follows:

Eastern Market (660 Pennsylvania Ave SE)
December 24: 8am-2pm
December 25: CLOSED
December 26: 8am-2pm
December 31: 7am-7pm
January 1: 8am-8pm

MidCity (1718 14th St NW)
December 24: 8am-1pm
December 25: CLOSED
December 26: 8am-2pm
December 31: 7am-7pm
January 1: 8am-8pm

Union Market (1309 5th St NE)
December 24: 8am-3pm
December 25: CLOSED
December 26: CLOSED
December 31: 8am-8pm
January 1: CLOSED

Other than dates noted, all stores will operate regular hours.

Thanks! See you soon.

Ever wanted to work here?


We are now accepting locations for employment at all of our locations. Download our application here, fill it out and send it in to

Thanks and hope to hear from some of you soon.

Thanksgiving Hours

Hi everyone.

We will be open the following hours this weekend:
Wednesday, November 27
Regular hours everywhere
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE: 7am-9pm
1718 14th St NW: 7am-9pm
Union Market: 8am-8pm

Thursday, November 28
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE: 8am-1pm
1718 14th St NW: 8am-1pm
Union Market: closed

Friday, November 29
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE: 7am-9pm
1718 14th St NW: 8am-6pm
Union Market: 8am-8pm

Saturday- regular hours resume everywhere

Also, you should really check out Thread at Union Market Friday-Sunday this weekend.

Fall Class Schedule

We have posted the fall class schedule for Espresso Fundamentals and brand-new Better Brewing at Home right here. Learn how to make fine espresso drinks or get schooled on how to make the best coffee in your own kitchen. All classes are held at our Union Market coffee bar at 1309 5th St NE in DC.

See you in class soon!

Espresso Fundamentals Class

We are proud to announce the first offering of our Espresso Fundamentals Class to be held at our Union Market coffee bar on April 16. For years we have wanted to offer classes open to our customers and we are happy to be able to utilize our Union Market space while the market is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Our first class will be Espresso Fundamentals, covering the basics of brewing espresso, texturing milk and how to combine the two. This class will be offered at least monthly and additional dates will be added soon. We hope to develop additional classes in the next few months so stay tuned for other offerings.

Sign up for the first class here. We look forward to seeing you.