Espuma No. 47

ESPUMA (noun: froth)

a weekly curated collection of

coffee & chocolate themed

articles, items & thoughts.


Coffee & Reading the morning paper

Good morning, DC, and happiest of Friday’s. It’s pumpkin spice latte season! 🙂

[DC COFFEE SHOP GOSSIP] It’s back as of this week! PUMPKIN SPICE. The beloved autumn drink has returned to the District. Find your favorite PSL at local Starbucks, DC Compass Coffee locations (click to read our review), and more. We’ll keep you posted on the best local seasonal drinks. Article coming soon! +Starbucks is trying to make “apple” a thing this year. Have you heard about the Apple Crisp Macchiato? Tried it?

[DC COFFEE SHOP GOSSIP] RĀKO Coffee Roasters Opens a Clarendon Cafe This Weekend

[NEW ARTICLE: COFFEE/CHOCOLATE LIFESTYLE] How-To Find More “Slow Living,” Calm & Creativity in a City Like Washington, DC.” Our latest article with more than 10 tips for your weekend and the weeks to come.

[CHOCOLATE GOSSIP] New report shows 20 percent global growth for dark chocolate since 2016.

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Compass Coffee: ‘Real Good’ DC Coffee

This post was first posted in 2018 and updated for media accuracy in 2021.

Compass Coffee feels like DC and it’s not just because the walls (and coffee cups) are adorned with “Made in DC” logo art. What differentiates Compass Coffee from the excellent coffee craftsmanship at other DC locales like La Colombe, The Wydown, or The Coffee Bar?

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Top 5 Frozen “Hot Chocolates” & Iced Mochas in Washington, DC

delicious iced hot chocolate milkshakes with straws on table in cafe
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Maybe you’re out and about in the city and want something chocolate-y and refreshing. Stop at one of these amazing DC stores for either an iced or frozen chocolate-themed drink this summer. (Looking for a great hot cocoa in DC, instead? Click here for that guide!)

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