4 Places to Get Coffee in DC

We are so excited to share with you all the places we got coffee in DC. Everywhere we went was delicious and had plenty of dairy free options. This was the first time we ever used our Keep Cups and they were super easy to use! It was a big conversation starter with strangers - so many people came up to us and asked about them! We get coffee to-go so often, especially when traveling, that this is a great way to limit our single use plastic and paper products.

Blue Bottle

When we first got into the city, we went straight to Georgetown. There were so many coffee shops around but when we saw Blue Bottle, we knew we had to go! We went there on our trip to San Francisco, and they have one of my favorite iced coffee drinks called the New Orleans.

Compass Coffee

We actually came to Compass Coffee because Nick had heard they sell a local made root beer (they don’t), but we decided to stay for some coffee anyway. They have really interesting drinks like a lavender latte and a nutella mocha (that’s what I got!). They also gave us a discount because we used our Keep Cups, so that was really cool.


There are several Dolcezza locations around the city, but we are so happy that we randomly went to the one on The Wharf. It was a beautiful location, right on the water. Nick and our two friends all got gelato, and I got a vanilla latte, which was one of the best coffees I’ve ever had!

Peregrine Espresso

Peregrine Espresso is in Union Market, which we talked a little more about in our Six Places to Eat in DC post. We were waiting around for some booths to open so we got the chance to sit down and actually enjoy our coffee. What was really special was that this cafe hires mainly deaf or hard of hearing baristas. We saw many customers signing to them, and it was so cool to see! I’m so glad we had the chance to support this business.

We had so many recommendations for DC coffee shops and were only able to try a few of them. We’ll have to plan another trip back to try all the other ones we missed!

- Jess