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We in the District and beyond are enjoying the finest coffee we’ve ever known, and it’s coming from all sides and in different forms.

You have shops like Misha’s, M.E. SwingSidamo, and the relative newcomer, Qualia on Georgia Avenue, which all roast and sometimes blend their own coffees. Then you have operations like Peregrine, Chinatown Coffee Co., and Mid City Caffe, and DeJaBel, which all buy quality, freshly roasted coffees from wholesalers like Counter Culture and Intelligentsia. There’s even Shagga Coffee and Restaurant, which has created its own blend through Caffe Pronto in Annapolis.

Wow, who needs another cup of Joe?

Metro Connection host David Furst and I will discuss D.C.’s sudden explosion of gourmet coffee shops and break down the best of the new crop of caffeine slingers. You can hear our discussion today at 1 p.m. on WAMU, 88.5 FM.

It will be replayed at 5 a.m. on Saturday. You will definitely need some coffee if you’re going to listen at that hour.