If you’re jonesing for the best coffee in the DMV, we've got a treat for you. The D.C. Coffee Fest will bring special coffee cocktails, brewers, and contests to the nation’s capital for four nights, beginning Sep. 21.While coffee shops and roasters are a dime a dozen across D.C., finding a truly impressive cup of joe is not easy. That’s why Coffee District, a “community-driven coffee events organization,” has put together the 2017 D.C. Coffee Fest. Bringing coffee experts and java lovers together for four days and nights in September, Coffee District has organized a number of events to ensure even the most caffeine-addicted will get their fix while having a ton of fun with the community. To begin the festival, La Colombe Coffee Roasters on Florida Ave. will dedicate the Thursday Night Throwdown latte art competition on Sep. 21 to the festival. TNT is a regular competition that travels around the DMV area, giving local latte artists the chance to push their skills to the limit and determine the top latte creator – for now. Attendance is free, but participation in the competition costs only $5, and the winner takes all. On Friday, Sep. 22, the core of the festival’s competitions will begin at Dolcezza Gelato Factory on Penn St. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Specialty Coffee Association’s Brewer’s Cup preliminary competition will challenge entrants to produce the best-brewed whole-bean coffee, no frills allowed. With only seven minutes of prep time allowed before serving to the judges, believe that the java will be flying in Dolcezza that day!
If latte art is more your style, the SCA Coffee Champs Barista Competition will challenge entrants to produce the best espresso and milk-based beverages possible. This branch of the competition will take place Saturday, Sep. 23, and Sunday, Sep. 24, from noon to 5 p.m at Dolcezza. Attendance is free for spectators at either division of the competition. If the unique creations – and smell of coffee – drive you to try something unique during the festival, Dolcezza will be hosting a special Modbar pop-up café in-store. Modbar produces specialty coffee and espresso machinery that is entirely modular, allowing for additional counter space around the machinery. Even if you’re not in the market for high-end coffee equipment, the D.C. Coffee Fest will be a fantastic chance to try the next wave of innovation to strike the coffee industry. For more fantastic coffee sampling, check out the DMV Roaster Showcase at the Apollo on H St. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 23, there will be nearly a dozen different local roasting companies offering their wares on the Apollo’s recently-opened rooftop terrace. Additional support will be provided by The Wydown Coffee Bar, located in the Apollo’s first floor. Attendance is free and the samples are plentiful, so get ready to get jittery at the D.C. Coffee Fest! For further info about coffee in the region, watch for Coffee District’s D.C. Coffee Guide releasing soon. The Coffee District website states that the project will be “the definitive guide to coffee in the District.” Sign up to be one of the first to get access to the guide at their website here. Do you have a favorite coffee company that you think should sweep the preliminaries at the D.C. Coffee Fest? Have any hot tips on where to find the best cup in D.C.? Let us know in the comments below!