Olympia, Wash.-based Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters is slated to open the first D.C. location of its Dancing Goats Coffee Bar in Georgetown later this year. The coffee house will move into the former Neyla space at 3206 N St. NW in partnership with a new retailer. (Business Development Director Mike Ferguson is awaiting the OK to announce who that retailer is.)
Batdorf & Bronson, which has been around for nearly 30 years, currently has seven coffee shops in Washington state and Georgia. The D.C. location will be the first without a roaster in the same city, but Ferguson says the beans will still be two days out of the roaster, “so the coffee will be stunningly fresh.”
“We tend to focus on what we call relationship coffee,” Ferguson says. “Almost all of our coffees, our coffee buyer has been to the farm and has met the farmers. We have coffees that we’ve been buying from the same farmer for 15, almost 20 years, so we literally sit down at their kitchen table. We watch their kids grow up.”
The D.C. locale will consist of about 1,000 square feet inside with an additional 1,000-square-foot patio outside. Ferguson says the spot aims to be open in time for the holidays, or at least before the end of the year.
“It’s a very welcoming place,” Ferguson says. “We’re not coffee snobs.”
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