If Starbucks has proved anything, it’s that there’s no such thing as too many coffee shops too close together. But dense real estate planning isn’t just for corporate coffee anymore: Now places serving pour-overs, coffee flights, and rare beans are popping up near each other, too. A good portion of the city’s most ambitious coffee programs (yes, “programs”) are now clustered within a relatively small stretch of the city between 14th Street NW and Shaw. Consult this map for the ultimate cup in D.C.’s Coffee Quarter.
1333 14th St. NW
Opening early October, this spot is a coffee bar by day, full-service restaurant and bar (with coffee cocktails) by night.
1418 14th St. NW
Get your single origin coffee with a side of salted caramel gelato.
1718 14th St. NW
If you’re not going for a drip coffee or the latte art, try one of the wacky rotating coffee drinks that incorporate things like cantaloupe or red wine vinegar.
4. The Wydown
1924 14th St. NW
Coffee splatter art decorates the walls, but the joe’s got the help of science with state-of-the art gadgetry.
5. The Coffee Bar
1201 S St. NW
Check out the blackboard flow-chart to determine whether you should go with a macchiato or pour-over.
6. Mockingbird Hill
1843 7th St. NW
A world champion of coffee tasting oversees a menu of coffee flights, “mixed drinks,” and rare varietals.
7. La Colombe
924 Rear N St. NW
This Philly transplant from the star of Dangerous Grounds has a fancy machine called a steampunk to brew the perfect cup.
8. Compass Coffee
1535 7th St. NW
Two former Marines who served in Afghanistan roast their own beans on site.