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

These 3 Podcasts Will Clarify the (Sometimes Confounding) World of Craft Chocolate

We respect that your time is precious; our reverence for time — whether for inspiration or reflection — is literally in our name, time cupsoul. When we listen to podcasts, to love one, we set the bar extremely high. Here are our favorite chocolate-themed podcasts that feel more like nourishment than noise:

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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, (OXFORD made by WordPress), 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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Omnom Chocolate Reykjavík Raises the Holiday Chocolate “Bar”

A year ago in October, we were in Paris and it was absolute magic. It was a last minute decision. A purely incredible deal on Iceland Air. (Note that if you’re willing to stop-over in Reykjavík while en-route to another destination, airfare can be a bargain, and you can even extend your trip, apparently with zero penalty.) Don’t get us started on how magical Paris was, but this post is about a different landscape — a frozen dusk with quiet, twinkling stars, warm, crackling firelight, snow falling — a comforting yet invigorating experience that you can find just by tasting a chocolate bar by Icelandic brand: Omnom Chocolate.

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Top Craft + Fine Chocolate Advent Calendars for 2019

This 2019 holiday season, we found the absolute best and most beautiful advent calendars by top chocolatiers of fine and craft chocolate around the globe. What’s a chocolate advent calendar? Generally, it’s a container with tiny compartments and paper doors hiding chocolates, and it begins Dec 1st to count down the 24 days before Christmas — you open one compartment a day to reveal a chocolate morsel, truffle, bar, etc. It’s almost December, and there’s still a few hours left to go shopping to get an advent!

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