Washingtonians love their coffee, and while many settle for Starbucks, some of us prefer the finer brews. There’s just something about premium coffee that makes us feel important and ready to take on the day (even if the day is spent in your cube pushing paper).

D.C. has no shortage of premium coffee shops -- you know the type -- overrun by hipsters, exposed brick walls .... Here are three to try on your next coffee run!


1726 20th Street NW Washington, D.C. 20009 premium coffee

Filter is located on 20th Street, tucked away on a side street in Dupont Circle. It’s tiny, with just a few tables lining the exposed brick wall and a cute patio out front. It’s a little hard to find at first, but once you stumble inside, all will be worth it. You can get everything from a flat white to a cortado, to just a really high-quality brewed cup of regular coffee (though it tastes anything but regular). If you want a sweet treat with your premium coffee, Filter's got you covered with delicious pastries, often featuring all sorts of freshly made slices of pie. The baristas are cool and casual, and will remember both you and your order if you keep showing up!

A Baked Joint

440 K Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001 premium coffee If you know and love Baked and Wired, then you’ll adore its sister shop, A Baked Joint. You won’t find cupcakes here, but what you will find is premium coffee and freshly baked bread in a modern open-concept layout. The space features exposed ducts and long tables for sharing. The bar at the window is a great people-watching spot, and in the warmer months, you can enjoy the large patio out front. If you’re a regular coffee kind of person, you just can’t go wrong with the house brew, which has a thick, rich flavor. And if you’re more of a latte drinker, there are options and options galore. Matcha is all the rage, and A Baked Joint makes both a tea and latte version, hot or iced.  


2459 18th Street NW Washington, D.C. 20009 premium coffee Tryst is an Adams Morgan staple. It’s a coffeehouse, bar, restaurant, music venue, lounge -- what isn’t it? When you walk in, a long bar lines the left wall, and the rest of the space is open to mismatched arrangements of couches, armchairs, and various-sized tables. Everything about the place feels homey. You can get all types of coffee here, as well as a diverse selection of teas, and the baristas take great care to make sure an artful leaf is foamed into every cup. Try the Masala Chai for a little spice or an espresso over ice with a shot of lavender syrup.
Being a regular at a coffee shop is almost as good as being a regular at a bar, so make sure you’re extra nice to your barista and that you spend some quality time getting your hipster on and fulfilling your caffeine fix. All three of these are favorites in their respective neighborhoods, and each has the potential to become your next go-to spot! What's your favorite premium coffee shop? Tell us in the comments below!

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