The Ten: Best Coffee Shops

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

This installment pays homage to the kings and queens of caffeine who keep this CityEats writer juiced at all hours of the day.


Qualia Coffee

This boutique beanery in Petworth roasts hard-to-find varietals from around the globe, making it the premiere destination for java junkies.

Baked & Wired

Come for the coffee, stay for the expansive selection of cupcakes. And the gloriously gluttonous brownies. And the Hippie Crack (aka granola). This Georgetown favorite lives up to its name admirably.


With locations in Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom, this craft coffee shop exclusively uses beans locally sourced from Annapolis, Md.’s Ceremony Coffee Roasters. Half a dozen varieties are usually available as pour overs for discerning forty weight fans.

Peregrine Espresso

Whether you’re on Capitol Hill, browsing Union Market, or taking a trip down the 14th Street corridor, you should make time to grab a latte, dopio or a micro-brew at this hometown hero.

Pound The Hill

Hill staffers and hipsters alike love this Capitol Hill favorite. Make sure you order the addictive Nutella latte, which features a triple threat: chocolate, hazelnut and espresso. 

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