Coffee & Treats in Washington, D. C.


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  • Capital Teas
    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, in addition to earning rewards points by using the Capital Teas mobile app.
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    1614 Wisconsin Ave NW
    Washington, DC US
  • Taharka Bros. Ice Cream
    Gathered around Shaquille O’Neal in front of the chalkboard scribbled with the day’s ice cream flavors, the staff of Taharka Bros. is positively beaming. While the visit from a basketball legend brings a crowd of admirers into their shop, Taharka’s ice cream wizards have no problem attracting throngs of fans sans the help of Shaq’s presence. Voted one of Baltimore's "Great Milkshakes" by The Baltimore Sun in 2011, and crowned "Best Ice Cream" by Baltimore Magazine in its Best of Baltimore 2010 edition, devotees are drawn in by the eatery's "irresistible ice-cream menu," which includes decadent flavors such as honey graham and salty caramel. Adding to the draw is its ability to "satisfy [your] ravenous social conscience" with its management training program that "offers the chance for urban youth to get a foothold in the workplace." Throughout the day, the entrepreneurial young staffers hone business skills as they hand-make batches of frozen confections using fresh ingredients such as fruits and magic beanstalk beans plucked from local farms. The sense of community and teamwork that goes into the creation of every scoop reflects Taharka Bros.' support of initiatives that uphold civic involvement, social justice, and cultural exchange through the arts.
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    1405 Forge Ave
    Baltimore, MD US
  • Robeks DC
    Since opening their first location in 1996, Robeks' associates and franchise owners across the country have been passionate about the benefits of healthier eating, and what they can do to help guests maintain active and healthy lifestyles, all through portable smoothies. Customers can step up to the counter and order from a menu of fresh, premium ingredients in unique, made-to-order combinations. Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies aims to create innovative ways to reach the daily recommended 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables without compromising on flavor. Each Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies location makes a concerted effort to support the neighborhood it resides in, through local organizations, such as Save the Children.
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    1707 L St. NW
    Washington, DC US
  • Bagels and Baguettes
    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.
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    236 Massachusetts Ave NE
    Washington, DC US
  • Bourbon Coffee
    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.
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    2101 L St NW
    Washington, DC US
  • GW Dining
    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.
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    800 21st Street Northwest
    Washington, DC US

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