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  1. Four Barrel

    That's one way for a company to take ownership of the problem. Too bad it apparently took so long. Tales of despicable behavior follow. Four Barrel Coffee founder Jeremy Tooker accused of sexual assault and harassment, by Justin Phillips, January 5, 2018, on sfchronicle.com. Four Barrel Responds to Sexual Harassment Lawsuit as Founder Jeremy Tooker Divests, by Nick Brown, January 8, 2018, on dailycoffeenews.com.
  2. The coffee portion of Little Pearl is opening today, Dec. 16 (via Washington Post) and the wine bar portion is opening on Dec. 30 according to their website.
  3. The Capital Candy Jar opened a retail (and production too, I think) facility at 201 15th Street, NE, about three weeks ago. So far as I can tell, this is their first standalone shop, though they are available at retailers all around the region. According to their website, they started out at Union Kitchen. Website They have fudge (I sampled the raspberry chocolate), truffles, various other candies, chocolate-covered cookies and pretzels, and muffins. There are big jars with what appeared to be penny candies in them, but I didn't check that out closely. They have an assortment of Halloween candy out right now and sell Zeke's Coffee, by the cup (including cold brew) and beans by the bag. No decaf.
  4. Am I alone in thinking that "cold brew," i.e., bottled iced-coffee, is as much of a scam as bottled water? Is there something about cold brew that I'm missing? Because to me, it tastes like coffee that I leave overnight in my refrigerator, tightly sealed so it doesn't get off-the-charts disgusting - and they sell it for about $3 for 12 ounces. Until convinced otherwise, I think coffee companies have done nothing more than elbow their way into the grab-n-go beverage field, carving out a niche in an already-full market. I mean, good for them, but this has about as much appeal to me as spending $3 on 12 ounces of Perrier, or for 6 ounces of lousy, industrial, coconut water. Oh, I have no doubt that there's some sort of "process" where making the coffee takes longer, because cold water doesn't leech the beans as quickly as hot water does, but ... so what? I see absolutely nothing of virtue in this - convince me that I'm wrong, and I might buy into it, but in the entire history of bottled beverages, why hasn't this happened until recently? And why has every single Tom, Dick, and Harry jumped aboard the speeding locomotive?
  5. Good news for those who spend time on the Mall. Excerpted from a Smithsonian staff email: "The Hirshhorn is pleased to announce opening of a Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee pop-up coffee shop, its first food and beverage service.... Dolcezza’s Hirshhorn pop-up is located on the Museum’s plaza and will serve daily-made gelato, rich pastries, and expertly crafted coffee drinks, pour-over coffee, cider and hot chocolate. Visitors to the space can also enjoy a new commissioned mural by DC-based artist Kelly Towles, inspired by the works of Yayoi Kusama. Currently open 9 AM to 5 PM, the coffee shop will launch extended hours on Monday, April 3, opening at 8 AM every day and staying open on Wednesdays until 6 PM." whoo-hoo!!!!!!!!
  6. Barking Mad Cafe has a solid coffee program. They use Counter Culture beans and can draw a serious espresso. Their cappuccinos and lattes are also good, although I have had a few cappuccinos that were wetter than I prefer. They have drip coffee, but no pour over. The standout, though, is their cold brew. During the summer, they had two offerings, both on nitro taps. It's so smooth it's like drinking Guinness coffee. The coffee served at Barking Mad Cafe would be noteworthy anywhere in the DC area. IMHO, it's extraordinary in Gaithersburg, which has nothing comparable within a reasonable distance.
  7. I cannot recommend The Don Rockwell Idiot Kit enough for people who know absolutely nothing about coffee, but wish to become experts with a minimal amount of work. Read that entire thread, especially the first post, and get on the phone to Qualia Coffee - by the end of the week, you'll have everything you need to brew the best coffee in your neighborhood. I knew nothing, zero, zilch, nada, about how to brew good coffee, and I can now comfortably say that I drink coffee that's as good as anyone, and it's *waaaay* less expensive than going to Starbucks - it's a night-and-day difference. Purchasing this kit from Qualia Coffee will not only enable you to go from "nothing" to "everything," literally overnight, but it will also be supporting one of Washington, DC's most valuable small businesses. I've never met Joel, don't even know what he looks like, and have absolutely no financial interest in this kit - I just thought it was a good idea for him, and I care about supporting small businesses who in turn care about quality. Here's a recent thread about coffee makers - towards the bottom, I refer to "The Don Rockwell Idiot Kit" with its Baratza grinder (I bought the more-expensive "Virtuoso" model, and I can never go back) - I cannot emphasize enough how much I love it. Make the call - if you aren't absolutely thrilled with everything you buy, write me ... I'm almost positive I won't be getting very many letters, other than letters of thanks. And if I were buying someone a gift who loved coffee, but was just starting out? A no-brainer. Don Rockwell
  8. I wanted to start the thread here for a new spot coming to downtown Takoma Park. Seth Cook and Chris Brown, two coffee veterans who have been at Northside Social for years, are branching out on their own. They have a great location on Laurel Avenue, and construction is about to begin. TKBC (@takomabevco) will offer coffee, beer(draft) and wine as well as a great cocktail program. The menu will be designed by a chef you will all recognize. I love this team and this concept, and that is why I decided to back them financially and advise on the project. Keep your eyes out as the project progresses.
  9. On the very-contentious topic of donuts: I have now gotten them a couple of times from Zombie Coffee and Donuts (address 3100 14th St., but really it's on Irving Street between 14th and 15th). The first time I was amazed at how good they were. The second time they were nearly as good. What is especially good about them is that, unlike so many donuts, they have the crunch of having been fried. (I would call them, basically, "cake" donuts rather than "yeasted" though I am not an expert.) They have that good crisp exterior and a nice greasiness. They offer various "glazes" (including none, basic sugar glaze, chocolate, vanilla, maple, strawberry, lemon) and various "toppings" (including shredded coconut, cereals, candies, and even the absurd bacon). Then they are fabricated to order. Even with those additions they are not as absurdly cloyingly sweet as some (I'm looking at you, Fractured Prune). Check it out.
  10. Junction Bakery and Bistro had it's soft opening this week. It's where Mancini's used to be. They gutted it. I stopped by to get the staff's Friday breakfast. They've gotten real spoiled when I'm in the clinic on Fridays not Dunkin Donuts like my partners The place is cool, super retro looking, you can see into the bakery and watch them work and make delicious baked goods. Seems like people already know about it, it was fairly busy for just being open for 2 days. I got a bunch of stuff - ham and cheese croissant, chocolate croissant, everything croissant, lemon poppy tea cakes, cheddar chive biscuits, some scones, and then I get an Americano for myself. Was a big hit... Everyone loved it. The everything crossaint was a real winner. I had half a cheddar chive biscuit, and that was good. Everything was rich/moist. The Americano was ... watered down (I know, I know ... it has water in it), but it wasn't as strong as Swing's or Stomping Ground or even the new St. Elmo's (what a revamp!). Well, the next hipster thing continues in Del Ray, a full fledged bakery with people with those baking hats. Food is good. Looking forward to trying real breakfast here. -S
  11. Flat White

    This is possibly one of the most uninformed questions I've ever asked here, but what the heck exactly is a flat white? I could Google this, of course, and I even linked to the Wikipedia entry, but I'm guessing others don't know either. And yes, this could go in the Coffee Forum, but it's beyond Washington, DC in scope. In fact, it seems Australian in origin. As long as your at it, if you could explain a ristretto and a lungo, I'd be much obliged.
  12. Nitro Coffee

    Where can I get some? Preferably I'm NoVa. Thanks!
  13. Yet another lovely independent business in Brooklyn. Gorilla Coffee is a corner coffee shop and roaster in Park Slope. The handful of red topped tables evoke 1950s/60s era diner. An old guy wearing a fedora behind the bar is taking orders, a young hipstery Asian woman is making coffee. Cafe au lait and an almond pastry to go please. oh, yeah, the Gorilla art is great too.
  14. "Coffee Outsiders Have Their Eye on DC - Are They Going To Hurt the Local Shops?" by Tim Carman on washingtonpost.com Tim Carman's take on the coffeeshop turf. I understand that Taylor Gourmet sent the Chinatown Coffee crew a bunch of Philly sandwiches in response to this article!
  15. Best coffee in western fairfax. There. I said it. Really, this is a no lose scenario for me. If someone had one better, I will go there. I have 4 small kids. I need a lot of coffee. I normally just get the house coffee which is damn fine. They normally use an Ethiopian blend. These days I get 2. One for the morning and one for the afternoon. Cold Stumptown is better than the office coffee. The standouts at this place are the lattes. They were closed during December because of a fire. While they were off their batistas won a regional coffee competition. Artistically they look good but taste even better. My favorites are the rose latte and the honey cinnamon. If you don't like coffee the hot chocolate is good too. They do pour overs too if you are into that. I normally like those but have never tried it because the house coffee is soo good. Seriously. These guys are good. If you haven't tried them yet, you should. I only wish they were there back when I worked nearby.
  16. This is an interesting situation for me as moderator, and if we had an existing thread for Boss Hog's (we don't), I'd probably mark that as closed and give Simply Fresh a clean slate. Chef Rana (Rana is her first name) took over Boss Hogs in June, 2015, and changed it to Simply Fresh - both the interior and the patio look *nothing* like I remember Boss Hogs looking like, so unless I'm not remembering correctly, she really gave it a redo. I was driving in McLean, and was planning on going somewhere else, but I saw the sign for Simply Fresh, and it looked brand new to me, almost like some sort of grand opening, so I parked on Elm Street and marched on in, shocked at how nice looking the restaurant is now. It's still a cafe, but it's very clean, and looks like it just opened last week (the cashier told me it's been open since the summer, which surprises me). The cashier is a young gentleman, and Rana is his mom (I'm assuming from the language on their website (they have a second website, apparently for online ordering) that she's the owner as well as the chef). Since he's attached to the restaurant, and since there's such a diversity of items on the menu, I trusted him, and flat-out asked him what he liked. "I really like the lamb," he said, and so the lamb it was. This is where it gets even more interesting for me, because last night I went to Hula Girl in Shirlington, and had what amounted to a blue-plate special with their steak teriyaki. As it turns out, the Roasted Lamb with Potatoes ($12.99) made these two restaurants, in my mind, somewhat alike - the lamb, too, was a blue-plate special. The dish was like something my mom would have made (if she was Greek) - a few slices of fully cooked leg of lamb, high on the flavor meter, accompanied by large, bite-sized chunks of roasted potatoes, and a side salad - both dishes (this one, and the one from last night) were meat-starch-salad, were about the same size, and were about the same price; the only thing different - vastly different - is the atmosphere of the two restaurants: Hula Girl is a bright, loud bar; Simply Fresh is a quiet, workaday cafe. I had just gotten some always-needed cardio, and was starving - I knew halfway through the dish that I was not going to be terribly full, despite it being a perfectly reasonably sized portion of food. Knowing that the Orange Bowl was starting at 4PM, and that I'd be plastered in front of the screen (I'm watching and typing at the same time), I wisely got a second dish to go for later in the day, which was a "special" listed on the chalkboard out in front of the restaurant - however, the exact same dish is on their regular menu, so it was more marketing than anything else. I figured the Roasted Chicken with Potatoes ($9.50) would be the same plate of food as the lamb, and other than substituting chicken for lamb, it was. An uncut, half-chicken was well-roasted - rubbed, moist, and super tasty - whether or not you get the chicken or lamb depends solely if you're in the mood for chicken or lamb - I can recommend them both as good, hearty plates of food - nothing you'll remember in a month, but solid. Just having finished the chicken dish a few minutes ago (I didn't even need to heat it up), I realize that this was my final meal, and final write-up, of 2015, and I can't think of anything I'd rather do to celebrate the New Year, than to support a local, family-owned, mom-n-pop (or, in this case, mom-n-son) restaurant - Hula Girl, too, despite it's pomp and circumstance, is pretty much of a mom-n-pop; just in a completely different style (and most likely with some investors). Simply Fresh (the sign says, "Simply Fresh - barbecue & more") has BBQ, and a couple girls walked in and picked up a $100+ order, undoubtedly to celebrate New Year's Eve. Simply Fresh is big on breakfast, and across from the counter on the right, where you order your meal, it also has a counter on the left, with a pastry display case and an Illy coffee setup - this is probably where the cashier is in the mornings (have a look at this breakfast menu, and file it away in your head for future reference). They're open 7 days a week at 7AM each morning, except for Sundays, when they open at 8AM - I would not hesitate to try the breakfasts here. It's a pleasant, albeit somewhat stark, place to eat, and you won't regret coming here, although it wouldn't surprise me if there was a clunker or two on the menu (when one person does all the cooking, it's hard to do *everything* well). Over the next hour or so, I'll be either cursing at the TV or jumping with joy (Clemson is down 17-16 at halftime to a resilient Oklahoma Sooner team), and then, when it's over, I'll forget about it (unless Clemson wins), and I'll be spending this evening doing exactly what I want to be doing, given that I can't be with the people I want to be with: staying home, not having a drop to drink, relentlessly practicing a Beethoven sonata, maybe watching a rerun or two, and being thankful for this wonderful community. Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that 2016 brings you everything you wish for, and please remember always how grateful I am to have you in my life.
  17. While in San Francisco over the summer we had coffee from Philz Coffee, actually their coffee truck. Beans ground to order, pour over, they even cream and sugar the coffee for you. ok, I was slightly hung over, and it was a beautiful day in SF, down by the marina over looking the Golden Gate Bridge. My glasses may have been a little rose tinted. But that was a damn good cup of coffee...Ambrosia Coffee of God lived up to its name. Will the coffee live up to these high expectations without that Golden Gate Bridge view...only one way to find out. Coming soon to The Yards and Adams Morgan
  18. I didn't notice this before, but next to Hot N Juicy Crawfish in Falls Church is an ice cream and coffee shop called Lil City Creamery, and if you look at their webpage, they're almost daring you to try their ice cream. "New Ice Cream Shop, 'Lil City Creamery,' Opens" by Jody Fellows on fcnp.com
  19. The new name of the new fine dining restaurant from Aaron Silverman will be Pineapple and Pearls: "Rose's Luxury's Sister Restaurant Has a Name: 'Pineapple and Pearls'" by Jessica Sidman on washingtoncitypaper.com Café/coffee/sandwich shop in the mornings and fine dining (with reservations accepted!) in the evenings. They're only going to be open 4 nights a week and no weekends. A very bare bones website is up too: PineappleAndPearls.com
  20. Maybe they will be better at coffee than pizza. I have a lot of respect for Nora and St. Elmo's as an institution, but the coffee leaves a lot to be desired, so they will benefit from a low bar.
  21. I've recently gone from "zero," to having the most fully stocked coffee-making supply kitchen anyone would ever want, including: * subscriptions to coffee beans, coming 4 bags a month through the mail * a Japanese Hario kettle, perfectly designed for hand-pours * a Hario plastic cone, designed specifically for hand-pour dripping * 100 paper filters that go in the plastic cone * 2 nylon filters that go in the plastic cone (which you can wash, rather than dispose of) * a bean scoop that scoops out a standard amount of unground beans * a double-meshed French Press Cafetière, lined, insulated with 18/10 stainless steel * a thermal plastic carafe that will keep a liter of coffee hot or cold all day * a Virtuoso grinder, which will quite possibly last me 20 years - it weighs about 20 pounds (buy it from Qualia) * two "his and her" hi-tech Japanese insulated stainless steel mugs (in midnight blue and pink-lavender) So right now, I have everything I need to make hand-pours or French-pressses. I got the kettle, the Cafetière, and the mugs from Amazon Prime I got everything else from Qualia Coffee in Petworth through their mail-order program I especially recommend the bi-monthly beans program from Qualia Coffee - they send them out the day they're roasted. In just a few weeks (delivery time), I went from having nothing, to having - short of an espresso machine - the very best of everything, and Joel Finklestein handled it all for me. The quality of my coffee in the morning now is absurd, and I've only been making it for several days. Over the course of less than one year, all my equipment will have paid for itself, all the while drinking world-class coffee. And the beans will still be rolling in, educating me about coffee each time they do. For less than the price of going to Starbucks in the mornings, I'm getting the best coffee education someone could get. And I'm supporting one of the greatest family-owned, mom-n-pop businesses in all of Washington, DC. Write Joel, and ask hi to set you up with this. If I'm his only bean customer, his program will fail, and I'm *much* too selfish to let that happen! Joel, is there any way we can make this package available, maybe call it the "Don Rockwell Idiot Kit?" for people like me, who have nothing, want the best, and have a few hundred dollars to spend? PM RoastMonkey and he'll take care of you.
  22. Coffee Grinders

    I've been talking with Joel Finklestein of Qualia Coffee about which grinder is best for me, and he pointed me to this blog entry: "Choosing the Best Baratza Grinder for You (Revised)" on baratza.com I, for one, am going to listen to what Joel said in his chat and buy a good grinder. I'm *sick* of going out for coffee each morning only to have a lousy cup of burnt Starbucks served in a *paper cup*, so I'm going to subscribe to Qualia's mail-order program. (I'll add that there are absolutely no discounts or kick-backs for me; I just want to help support a quality business - I took the initiative and wrote Joel; not the other way around.) Fino Pour-Over Kettle --- Related threads on Coffee Makers and High-Volume Coffee Makers (Joel, if you run across this, I'd be curious to read your opinions about these two, as you came on board after they were written.)
  23. Somehow this place has passed me by with stealth. I just really noticed it today, and it's apparently going to open in mid-May. (Well, that's the target.) Two of us spoke with a man working outside I assume is the owner, and he said that he plans outdoor seating and will also be applying for an alcohol permit to serve wine (or at least wine). Projected hours: 6AM to 9PM Mondays through Thursdays and 6 to 10 on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Since it has completely passed me by, I have no idea how far he has gotten with any of the permitting for outdoor seating or alcohol. I'm not sure how the immediate neighbors will react to those two facets of the operation. There is a decent space for a patio outside. (Visually, this is catty-corner from the northeast corner of the Car Barn, at 101 15th Street.) Their website is up and functioning: http://www.miascoffeehouse.com I wasn't sure if this was the right forum for the posting, but given that this is the coffee menu, I figured here: Espresso Americano Flat White French Press Pour Over Macchiato Cortado Cappucino Latte Cold Brew Iced Coffee Decaf House Blend
  24. Gilt City DC has a special deal for Bean Box that seems like a great opportunity to try different roasters (even if they are Seattle-centric ones), delivered right to your front door. For this particular deal, each box contains 4 unique coffee roasts, makes about 16 cups, and includes tasting notes. New customers can use WELCOME20 to get 20% off, if you want to try it out through Gilt City. The prices include shipping. I just emailed Bean Box asking if I could request certain roasts, and they responded right away, saying that I could switch to the other type of subscription service, if I wanted. So it's nice to see a rapid reply. I'll report back after I get my first box next month.
  25. New heights of absurdity here. The end is truly near. "Cat Cafe 'Crumbs and Whiskers' May Open In Georgetown" by Sharon Reed on patch.com