Start Your Sunrise at Washington, DC’s Newest Coffee Roastery: The Roasted Boon Co.

The coffee is fantastic at The Roasted Boon Co., a brand new coffee shop and roastery in Shaw, DC. The roastery just opened it’s doors on July 20th and opens every day at 6 am, so if you are comfortable enough to grab takeaway during the pandemic, there is the advantage that you can arrive early and beat the crowds. (We were the only ones in the shop besides the baristas this week. Note that The Roasted Boon Co. is the only coffee shop we’re aware of that opens at 6 am in DC right now.) Plus, the cleanliness of the store seems top notch; each employee at The Roasted Boon Co. wears a mask, there is a Plexiglas pane in front of the register, and ample hand sanitizer for your use. You can also order things online, according to their store signage. As always, please trust your own judgement.

The Roasted Boon Co. Coffee Shop Interior
Image © time cupsoul. The interior of the Roasted Boon Co. roastery in Shaw, DC is decorated with a white Diedrich coffee roaster and colorful splashes and nods to the Eritrean “boon,” or coffee-making ceremony.

The coffee at the Roasted Boon Co is as we said — truly fantastic. We didn’t know what to expect of the new roastery, but the small latte that we got was honestly wonderful. An Ethiopian and Brazilian blend of beans, the espresso tasted rich, full-bodied and delicious. Having the option to get a “small” latte also added to our happiness; a latte with too much milk is never fun on a sweltering DC summer morning. The iced latte was the perfect size and had the optimal amount of ice.

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Baked & Wired: Adventures in Georgetown

THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED in 2014 AND WAS UPDATED IN JULY 2020.

It’s been named one of the top ten bakeries in the United States by Fodor’s Travel, and it’s easily one of the most talked about coffee shop locations in the area.  Do not miss Baked & Wired, just next to Georgetown’s historic C&O canal.

Baked & Wired came backed with a lot of hype and praise; people have been telling us to go there for years. Somehow, we never got around to it. There’s something about actively avoiding that which is so coveted. Just because everyone loves it, does not mean that you would or should. Enter Saturday morning. Sunshine streaming through the windows, summer air beckoning nature into the light.  Everyone was outside enjoying the weather and it was time to finally visit Baked & Wired. (When this article was first published, we wrote: “I got on a crowded bus and happily listened to my iPod to get down to M Street.” Oh, nostalgia during COVID-19! Oh nostalgia for iPods!)

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How to Support Local DC Coffee & Chocolate Shops During the Coronavirus Self-Quarantine

These are unprecedented times in recent human history. We now have the opportunity to be responsible and to stay at home to reduce the curve.

As that this is a website about coffee shops and chocolate stores, we know that many local businesses will suffer during these trying times.

Please consider buying some coffee beans, chocolate bars, online merchandise or gift cards to support your favorite local brands and enjoy their delicious offerings in the safety of your own home. Below you will find our DC list.

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Where to Buy the Best Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gifts in Washington, DC

Valentine’s Day is on Friday of this week! Do you have your gifts yet? Here are 4 places across the city where you can buy a great chocolate bar or box for your Valentine just in time for the holiday of love — using some great DC Valentine’s deals!

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Cafe Chocolat

“Hey Washington DC! Feb 8 – Feb 14, Neuhaus Chocolates will take over Cafe Chocolat. Stop by, pick up some amazing chocolate for Valentine’s Day (week)! […] It is the first time ever that Neuhaus Chocolates will do a pop-up inside another shop, and we’re very excited to host them.”

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Kramerbooks & Afterwards Café Soft Opens New “Kramers Coffee Bar” within Bookstore

Kramerbooks, the DC institution, is simply a wonderful place to visit. It’s the perfect spot to browse novels of all kinds, to enjoy a leisurely brunch or late night cocktail, to read snippets of new epics, and generally, to delight the senses. The aroma of fresh brunch coming from the cafe, the texture of crisp book pages waiting patiently to be read, a quiet conversation from the patrons browsing… It’s magic. And now, you can step up to Kramers Coffee, its new indoor coffee bar and get a grab-n-go cup of joe and sip caffeine while you read, serene.

Very recently, perhaps a few weeks ago, Kramerbooks quietly restructured part of their back wall — or, let’s say — remodeled. What changed? Not a huge amount, never fear. The interior back entrance to the restaurant/cafe has been opened up so one of the walls on the left side now allows patrons to look into part of the kitchen. There’s a new counter facing the Connecticut Avenue entrance with an espresso machine peeking from around the corner. This is the new coffee bar! Now patrons can get coffee from the counter rather than sitting down in the restaurant/cafe, which is still a great option for more leisurely mornings. In the go-go-go culture of DC, this Kramerbooks coffee bar meets that culture, but provides the classic bookstore charm and ambiance that we all know and love.

We love scooping new coffee shops in DC. By opening this coffee bar, Kramerbooks has now strategically placed itself as a “coffee shop,” too. This business model strategy actually began long before 2020; have you noticed that Kramerbooks has served/serves “House Blend Coffee” on their exisiting breakfast/burnch menu? That’s because Kramerbooks is allegedly a coffee roaster, too! We had a conversation with a Kramers barista and apparently, Kramerbooks roasts their coffee beans in Maryland. More to come on that! We’ll promise to let you know as soon as we find out more.

In the meantime, check out the coffee bar for a cup of takeaway coffee — every day starting at around 8 am. It seems to be very soft launch, however, so please exercise some patience as the hours seem flexible this week. Find Kramerbooks & Afterwards at: 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

DIY: Learn How to Design a New Logo for Your Coffee or Chocolate Shop/Brand

Greetings from Washington, DC, dear readers. How are you faring the first three days of 2020?

Welcome to the newly designed timecupsoul.com! We’ve moved to a magazine theme with columns. This design echoes the intricacies of newspaper layout that we loved as features editor during our yesteryears…

In addition to the new theme that we’re trying out, we’re proud to present our new logo. Making this logo was completely a DIY project, done 100% at home with no prior logo design experience.

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Experiencing a Time Cupsoul @ Little Red Fox

 

 

Little Red Fox
What brings you peace? What adds serenity into your life? Is it a morning cup of coffee where you can sit with your thoughts, letting them softly bubble up like the 🥛 bubbles that gentle emerge from your latte art? Slow. Slow down. Listen. Feel the crisp pastry 🥐 crunch and melt into your mouth. Savor the weekend. Savor the conversations next to you. Breathe in the smell of fresh coffee. Sip your coffee ☕ Now you’ve experienced a #timecupsoul. {P.S. the interior updates @littleredfoxdc are magical}

& if you enjoyed these musings, please read our full review of Little Red Fox, here.