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As we head into Thanksgiving, Y&H wants to help you eat like a pilgrim (a Native American, too, because we’re all about equal opportunity eating here). In other words, we want to help you eat locally for the holiday. Almost 400 years ago, the pilgrims had no choice but to eat local. These days, we do. But it’s not easy.
Like with breads, you can never truly buy local coffee. Most of the beans are grown in Latin America, Africa, or Southeast Asia. But you can buy locally roasted coffee, like the stuff at Qualia Coffee on Georgia Avenue NW (202-248-6423), where owner Joel Finkelstein roasts beans six days a week.
Try Finkelstein’s Ugandan Bugisu beans, which should provide a rich, somewhat sweet coffee to go with your dessert. Or check out Qualia’s latest import, the India Kaapi Royale beans, which you can grind with a cardamom pod and steep with cinnamon and cloves, all of which should give you a sweet and exotic cup of Joe to go with your final course of pie.