A few weeks ago, my lovely roommate asked me: “Hey, what’s the best local coffee shop to study in?” She absolutely had me stumped… This was a new way to look at #timecupsoul… Given my perfectionism, I set out to find the truth for her.
No later than 11 am, and quite by accident, I found my way into Ebenezers Coffee House, and it was the answer. The mecca of a great study-friendly coffee shop. How do I know this? There were patrons studying in it. Also, personal choice; I would study there, too.
Slightly north of Union Station, or what DC “cool people” would call “NoMa,” Ebenezers sits stoically on a neighborhood corner, and is a large space with ample seating both inside and out. There’s a permanent and strong feeling to the coffee house. It just seems established. Many people sat, sipping, outside on patio chairs, basking in the sunlight. The inside, too, had both high tops, low tables, and leather chairs angled towards the windows.
There was a small line to approach the coffee bar, and I enjoyed looking at the high ceiling and decorations around the house. A few mugs with Ebenezers’ logo are for sale on the coffee bar, and a big sign featuring the train and brewing machine design (again, their logo) hung on the wall.
I like the layout of the place. It’s spacious and welcoming. Also, I learned that the proceeds go to the outreach projects at the National Community Church, hence their “coffee with a cause,” slogan.
I ordered a vanilla spiced chai and it came out with tons of bubbly froth in a paper cup. No reused mugs, here. As I mentioned, many seats begged for me to warm them, so I chose one facing a big window, sinking into the brown leather.
The chai was great – I watched the barista make it from powder and not syrup. It had a slightly gritty texture which was more enjoyable than fake syrup. There were many tempting seasonal drink recipes to try, as well.
I sat by the window and sunk into my thoughts. I could easily imagine studying or reading in this coffee shop.
Was this a cupsoul?
Yes, and I think it is a great place to read, write, or study. Hands down, Ebenzers is probably the most study-friendly coffee shop in DC in terms of light source and quiet, gentle, atmosphere.
Would I put Ebenezers Coffee House’s business card in the time cupsoul?
Certainly. And the fact that it’s coffee with a cause is an even better reason to support its profits.