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As the weather begins to chill, getting colder by the day, nothing warms the soul like a hot cup of coffee. Here are our favorite spots in the D.C. area to pop in with a book, grab peppermint mocha (or whatever else your heart desires) and relax.  

Where to Go: Filter Coffee & Espresso Bar
What We Recommend:  Brasil Cerrado Gold (pour-over)
When to Go: After work

Filter is a cozy coffee shop with exposed brick walls, a dark wooden bar and bright orange walls nestled in Northwest Washington, D.C. The extensive menu with exotic pour-over options ranges from their Ethiopia Saidamo (a blend of strawberry, orange, and apricot aromas with a creamy body and lasting finish) to their Brasil Cerrado Gold, which is a mix of rich cocoa and sweet caramel; a medium bodied drink with low acidity. Or just opt for an Hot Cocoa.

Check out the full menu here.

Where to Go: Busboys and Poets
What We Recommend: Thin Mint Latte
When to Go: For store events or weekly open mic sessions.  

An old favorite of ours, Busboys and Poets is great for those looking for organic coffee options as well as checking out live poetry readings. The restaurant-cafe-bar-venue hybrid offers many unique drinks, ranging from our favorite—the Thin Mint Latte, which combines organic mint flavors and chocolate to perfection. Coffee isn’t all they serve. With herbal hot teas like the Tropical Hibiscus and Earl Grey, Busboys and Poets pleases all varieties of a caffeine fix.

Check out the Coffee and Tea menu here.

Where to Go: Baked & Wired
What We Recommend: Cappuccino with the Chocolate Cupcake of Doom!
When to Go: During the week for a less hectic atmosphere.

This popular Georgetown shop, most often known for its rich and creamy cupcakes, also serves a great cup of coffee. Baked & Wired offers drinks from a few different roasters like Stumptown, Intelligentsia, PT’s and Elixr. They serve up a selection of drinks ranging from macchiato’s to cappuccino’s, which can be paired with the Chocolate Cupcake of Doom (a chocolate cupcake with dark chocolate frosting, which they warn to “Eat at your own risk!”).

Check out the menu here.

Where to Go: Tryst
What We Recommend: Lavender Hot Chocolate
When to Go: Classic Movies Tuesday’s

With coffee roasted by Counter Culture Coffee, Tryst prides itself on providing outstanding specialty blends. The menu ranges beyond coffee and teas to craft cocktails and brunch options! Tryst has plenty of seating and hosts events every day of the week. Come in for “Classic Movies Tuesday’s” (which offers a $6 Old Fashioned) or “Sunday Funday’s” with happy hour specials until last call. Or come in, grab one of their unique coffees like the Lavender Hot Chocolate and enjoy with the movie.

Check out the full menu here

Where to Go: Peregrine Espresso
What We Recommend: Latte
When to Go: Mornings

With three different locations in the D.C. area (Eastern Market, MidCity, and Union Market) Peregrine Espresso is a local staple for espresso drinks, filter drip coffee, pastries and more. The options are simple—espresso, macchiato, latte—and will not disappoint. Here you’ll find the perfect place to get work down while enjoying a rich double shot of espresso or an Instagram worthy shot of your sweet vanilla latte.

Check out the rest of the menu here.