Coffee & Treats in Washington, D. C.


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To say Capital Teas? founders, Manelle and Peter Martino, know tea might be a bit of an understatement. Fifth-generation tea merchant Manelle?s great-great-grandfather, Francis Van Reyk, was a Dutch tea planter who immigrated in the 1870s to present-day Sri Lanka, where he planted and managed the Diyagama Tea Estate, from which the Martinos now source their Great Grandfather?s tea. Manelle?s family has been in the tea trade ever since, a tradition she has carried to her own specialty tea business, which has boutique locations throughout the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland area. Additionally, Peter has become a popular speaker at World Tea Expos, where he frequently educates and inspires the tea world. In addition to tea from Sri Lanka, Capital Teas carries more than 200 loose teas and herbal infusions from 18 countries including India, China, Japan, Malawi, and Kenya. A sniffing wall dispenses wafts of black, oolong, and green teas, and knowledgeable employees drift around the store?s tasting stations to explain each flavor?s nuances. Capital Teas also pairs customers with accompaniments such as teapots, infusers, treats, and artisanal honey. In-store patrons may sample free tea samples?which are brewed fresh daily?while online purchasers receive a free sample with every order.
1614 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US
Chocolate has no limits at COCOVA, where the indulgent product is held in the same high regard as a fine wine or single-malt whiskey. It forms the basis of truffles and bars sourced from around the world, as well as drinking chocolate and baking chocolate. In each instance, it makes its way from bean to finished product through a carefully developed process that culminates in a treat for all five senses. COCOVA's chocolate boxes are the subject of interactive chocolate classes, and also serves as good gifts for people curious about the chocolate-making process. Guests can learn proper appraisal techniques and the industry lingo in a chocolate-tasting session or create their own dainties in a truffle-making workshop.
1904 18th Street Northwest
Washington,
DC
US
Sisters Frances and Ginger Park share a love of chocolate passed on from their mother, and that shared passion has been on display at Chocolate Chocolate for nearly 30 years. In their cozy sweets boutique, the pair collects an array of artisan confections, from imported Swiss Laderach chocolates to house-made truffles, that have earned accolades from The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, and other national outlets. Their DC Monument line—featured in the March 2012 issue of Food Network Magazine—showcases white, milk, and dark chocolate treats shaped like famous DC monuments so that customers can live out their fantasy of biting the Capitol Dome without the hassle of reverse-engineering a shrink ray.
1130 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US
Find your favorite morning staple at Bagels and Baguettes, a delicious bagel spot too good to pass up. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at Bagels and Baguettes. Bagels and Baguettes offers patio seating in the warmer months. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. For those who wish to avoid traffic, Bagels and Baguettes is also accessible via public transportation, with a close stop at Union Metro (Red). Bagels and Baguettes patrons can find street parking at the Massachusetts Ave NE location. Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark.
236 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington,
DC
US
Don’t let Bourbon Coffee’s boozy name fool you; the L Street coffee shop in Washington DC only serves cups of joe. But not just any old black sludge – Bourbon Coffee’s name comes from a special variety of Arabica coffee produced only in Rwanda, a fact that becomes clear the moment you step inside the comfortable café space. With plenty of seats, a small bakery selection and lots of spots for little handmade trinkets, Bourbon Coffee is an overt attempt to put the nation of Rwanda’s best food forward. Acting as a joint eatery and outreach program, the shop is filled with Rwandan artwork and bits of information on the nation’s growing coffee crop.
2101 L St NW
Washington,
DC
US
Featuring a casual ambience, GW Dining cafe is a great place to study and relax. You won't feel cramped at GW Dining, even with a large party — the restaurant is perfect for large groups. Dress is typically casual at GW Dining, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening. You can also serve food from GW Dining at your next party — the restaurant offers catering. Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant. GW Dining offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
800 21st St NW
Washington,
DC
US
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