Speaking of D.C. born and bred favorites, when I was searching the LivingSocial website a few days ago I stumbled across a pretty cool little section they have at the bottom of the webpage called "365 things to do in D.C." And of course on the day I discover this, true to my passion for all things espresso, the site featured a small coffee shop in the heart of Columbia Heights.
After trying it out myself, I found Living Social's description of the place to be pretty accurate (but don't worry I'll add a little bit of my own flavor, per usual): "When Columbia Heights residents want coffee, they face a choice: Battle the crowds at the 14th Street plaza or just stroll over to Columbia Heights Coffee. Guess which one we pick. This little shop offers the nice, calm alternative just off the main drag."
(Again, all photos taken on phone, sorry for the poor quality.)
At the back of the store is a small counter with an old cash register. It's quiet dwelling where everyone minds their own business (except for me of course, as I am snapping photos and seeing what people are up to so that I can blog about it).
I got iced and my date got hot. Keeping it simple.
I added just a bit of cream to my iced coffee, and contrariwise he put in a little bit of everything: sugar, coco, cinnamon, and milk.
We found a spot to sit and there were tons of magazines, books, and newspapers sitting around the shop that you can pick up and read while having a coffee:
So we sat down at a table each reading the morning paper, discussing the topics of the day and enjoying the quiet Sunday atmosphere of the place when we encountered a funny little problem. Every time we went to take a sip of each of our coffees, it would drip. At first we thought we were spilling, but literally every time we lifted our cups the coffee would drip-drip-drip right on the paper.
Sometimes, coffee isn't about the flavor. It's about the company you're with and the vibe that emanates from the surroundings. This Columbia Heights coffee shop embodies the very essence and culture of the area and if you're a local resident, I suggest grabbing the Sunday paper and relaxing here some weekend morning.