~ Peregrine on Pennsylvania Avenue
~ Tryst 18th St. NW
~ Murky Coffee in Arlington
That's about it for seriously good coffee in DC. If there is anywhere else, I want to know about it, too.
The Common Grounds training center hosts a cupping every Friday morning and a Throwdown now and then.
I'm aware of some rumblings about a new roaster and new coffee shop (unrelated) launching in 2009 - which should help expand the finer specialty coffee scene for our nation's capitol. New policy makers will need to be fueled by all the great coffee DC can muster.
On Friday I visited Big Bear, Tryst and Peregrine. I ordered caps at a each. Tryst was a disappointment, bad foam glopped on top. Big Bear poured a beautiful cap in my small to-go cup. I didn't want to cover the design with a lid. Peregrine featured Finca Mauritania Pulp Natural Espresso. It made a nice cappuccino and the barista made a nice presentation. The foam was consistent, smooth and silky. I've yet to try Grape and Bean in Alexandria. Next time. Murky certainly warrants repeat visits and I like the scene there. I will get to Baked and Wired for baked treats per your recommendation, John. It is right on the way to the cult bakery Georgetown Cupcakes which just won the big Washington Post 8-week cupcake wars with their righteous Chocolate Ganache cupcake.