Places for the Coffee Lover Within

Places for the Coffee Lover Within

Famous comedian Lewis Black once said: "I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake." As an intern, I rely heavily on a regular dose of caffeine to keep the engine going. With all the stress of final papers and deadlines, it’s often necessary to find a good place to get some work done, have a Skype call or find the fountain of eternal youth. I’m not a coffee connoisseur, but as a coffee lover and a Puerto Rican, I’m often trying to find new coffee places to visit.

It has been my experience that every time I arrive at a new city, I look for the nearest Starbucks to buy a vanilla latte. If you have spent 2 minutes in Washington D.C., you should know by now that they are not very hard to find. These franchise coffee shops like Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Greenberry’s are great places to check off the to-do list for the day or grab a morning coffee. But if you want to sit down and enjoy a cup of quality coffee, I’d recommend these 3 D.C. spots:

Dolcezza Gelato



Dolcezza Gelato has various locations around the city. I visited their shop on 14th Street and had a very interesting talk with the barista. I strongly recommend the Dulce de Leche Latte: dulce de leche is prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk and it literally means “milk candy." It is a good combination and it pairs really well with a guava treat.

Swings Coffee


Swings Coffee is located a few steps from the Metro Center station and it features a great cold coffee that is brewed with tap water for more than 30 hours. The result is creamy, sweet and blissful coffee brew. Unfortunately I went on a rainy day and needed the normal hot coffee. So, maybe next time I’ll go for the tap. Also, is good to note that they have a very good unrefined and unprocessed sugar that makes for a different sweetening experience.

Compass Coffee



Compass Coffee has a few locations around town, and I found this one very convenient walking home from The Kennedy Center. I strongly recommend the Meridian medium coffee brew, which is right about in the middle of their “flavor matrix." Be advised that this location has very limited seating.

This is just three of the many great coffee places throughout the city. I may not be a coffee expert, but the truth is, you know good coffee when you taste one. If you want to try something closer to The Washington Center’s Residential and Academic Facility, you might also want to visit La Colombe (across the street from NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro Station) or Ebenezers on 2nd & F St. (one block from Union Station).

Have you visited any good coffee places in D.C.? Leave your comment below and share your caffeinated experience.

Until next week,


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