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In journalism, we call this the “scoop.” There’s a new coffee shop in DC and no one seems to know about it.
What chocolate truly represents “DC”? What chocolate brands are made in DC? And where can you buy great chocolate in the District? Here are some essential facts for when you need a chocolate souvenir (or an everyday chocolate treat) from the nation’s capital.
There are plenty of exemplary coffee shops in DC, sure, but somehow Compass Coffee emerged and staked a claim on the intangible notion that she belongs to DC and DC belongs to her.
Durci Chocolate, with the slogan “Rediscover Chocolate” and an unforgettable space travel theme, is the most timely example of a brand that is not only pushing the boundaries of the chocolate sector, but is arguably jumping to light-speed.
There are a few well-known coffee roasters located just outside of Washington, DC, in the little state called Maryland and the coffee scene is dripping strong. One of the states’ coffee staples is Rise Up Coffee Roasters, a company that relishes in its Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Bay roots with the hashtag: #WeAreMarylandCoffee. Once you take a visit to Rise Up’s roastery, a renovated 1920’s gasoline station in Easton, it’s hard to argue with the company’s rich coffee culture. Time Cupsoul’s first encounter with Rise Up Coffee Roasters was actually within Washington, DC, at a tiny pop-up cart right outside of Friendship…
Whether it’s roasting beans, baristas inventing a new seasonal recipe, or arrival of a shipment, the patron is invited into the secret little Ceremony Coffee world. It’s as if Ceremony embraces each wandering newcomer without judgment and with VIP access to a perfect little coffee hideaway.
Qualia Coffee, located in Petworth, DC, is one of the most unusual locations in the District that I have been to. I drove down to the neighborhood and found some parking on a local side street and made my way over to this shop. You have to walk up some stairs to get into it, and enter through some double doors that open directly into the dining area. It’s a bizarre entrance for a traditional gal, but a cool place. Not knowing what to order at first, I felt sort of out-of-place at Qualia; there was so much movement and a hipster…