» SFB says: (Warning: I’m about to get passionate about local coffee.) I’ve been to most of these places, and a lot of them only get the coffee part right. The part they get wrong is the experience part. There’s this trend in DC of local shops rebelling against wi-fi users, which is stupid because it turns away potential regular customers. Filter, for example, has good coffee but it’s not a good spot to sit and work because it’s very small and always packed (and its Foggy Bottom location offers no wireless). Among the local chains that get the combination right are Bourbon Coffee near Foggy Bottom (which is an international chain, kinda, as it also has locations in NYC and Rwanda), Firehook Bakery in Cleveland Park, Tynan Coffee in Columbia Heights, Sova if you’re willing to go all the way to H Street, and Pound the Hill and Ebeneezer’s — both in Capitol Hill. There’s nothing downtown that’s as good as any of the shops I mentioned, and most of them close before like 9pm, alas. (Murky in Arlington used to be a good local option, but they closed and the owner opened Chinatown Coffee, which is OK.) — Ernie @ SFB
EDIT: I knew I was forgetting one; Big Bear Cafe in Bloomingdale is nice. Thanks foxwithsocks.
SECOND EDIT: This is 100% on the money. It’s not that I want somewhere with wi-fi, though that helps. It’s that I want somewhere that has a good neighborhood vibe on the side of the coffee. DC doesn’t have that.