Where can you find the rare and exotic coffee that Dangerous Grounds’ host Todd Carmichael travels the world to find? At the coffee sourcer’s La Colombe cafés – in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Seoul and the most recently opened Washington, DC, location. To the happiness of coffee lovers in our nation’s capital, a La Colombe outpost opened this weekend in the revitalized Shaw neighborhood. We couldn’t be more excited for our coffee hunter to open a new café – especially one so close to Travel Channel headquarters, too.
Tucked away in the Blagden Alley next to Rogue 24 restaurant, La Colombe DC, like its sister cafés, specializes in farm-direct, single-origin coffees, many of which you see Todd Carmichael hunt down in Dangerous Grounds episodes like Haiti and Ethiopia.
Move over hand pour, the newest brewing method La Colombe offers? Steampunk. Sounds like a band name, but no, this is a state-of-art brewing machine for showcasing single-origin coffees. It’s a cross between a French press and a vacuum pot, but its high-tech automated features make it completely hands-free.
Fair warning: Don’t expect to work here on your laptop all day as you sip the exotic brews. As with all La Colombe cafés, there is no Wi-Fi, says general manager Greg Smith, in the effort to focus on what really matters – the coffee and the customer. Without staring at your laptop, you’ll get to know your barista and even better your barista will get to know you — and how you like your coffee. Maybe after a few visits you’ll be able to say “just the regular” when you order. As if there is anything at La Colombe that is “just the regular.”
La Colombe DC is located at 924 N St. NW (Blagden Alley) and will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Watch coffee adventurer Todd Carmichael scour the globe searching for the perfect cup of coffee in Dangerous Grounds Tuesdays and 9|8 c.
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