Coffee beans used by a coffeehouse, which are typically grown all around the world, are locally roasted so as to preserve the freshness of the coffee. Moreover, local roasting allows for environmentally friendly and sustainable practices to be used to create the most ethical product for you to purchase and enjoy. Here is a list of some of the best coffee shops in the D.C. area serving up locally roasted coffee.

Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar
1726 20th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-5837

With two locations to choose from, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom, there is no excuse for not checking out the delicious coffee served by Filter Coffeehouse. The two venues are local hotspots which only serve coffee made from beans that have been locally roasted in Annapolis, Maryland. The rustic brick walls and heady aroma of fresh coffee make these two coffee shops a great place to hang out alone or enjoy a brewed beverage with friends. The menu is simple, but the coffees are perfectly made and utterly satisfying.

M.E. Swing Coffee Roasters
1702 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 628-7601

For a locally roasted coffee with an historical element, head to M.E. Swing’s in Foggy Bottom. Swing’s has been in the coffee roasting business since 1916, so it has had plenty of time to perfect the coffee roasting process. The beans it uses are purchased from around the world and then roasted at its roasting facility in Alexandria, VA. The coffees served at the Foggy Bottom coffeehouse are made from these beans, and all of the drinks are delicious and artfully prepared, which explains the long lines in the shop. Be sure to grab a seat on a stool by the window and enjoy your hot cup of joe with a pastry when you check out this this D.C. institution.

Qualia Coffee
3917 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 248-6423

The Qualia Coffee shop not only serves coffee, but also roasts its own beans in-house. With a front porch and backyard, there is ample room to enjoy your coffee indoors or outdoors. Hot and cold coffees are available, as are pastries and snacks. Try to stop by on the second or fourth Sunday of the month to take part in a complimentary tasting of three freshly brewed coffees in the famous Qualia roasting room.

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Vigilante Coffee Company
1017 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(757) 333-1409

Started by Mr. Christopher Vigilante, a local coffee expert, Vigilante Coffee Company provides coffee to a number of well-known restaurants in the D.C. area and sells its own coffee at its pop-up café in Chinatown. Serving drip coffee and espresso beverages, each one of its drinks is made from the beans hand roasted by Vigilante himself. Much of the bean supply comes from Hawaii, where Vigilante used to work in the coffee industry. Enjoy one his popular beverages at his pop-up café, or purchase some beans online and make your own coffee at home. And if you don’t mind waiting, Vigilante’s newest coffee joint will be on the second floor of Maketto, an Asian market soon to open on H Street.

Java House
1645 Q St. N.W.
Washington, DC ‎20036
(202) 387-6622

For a casual coffee shop that roasts its coffee in-house, in addition to offering an extensive food and drink menu, Java House is the place for you. Not only does it serve breakfast, salads, soups, sandwiches and a variety of hot coffee beverages, it also serves decadent espresso milkshakes. Try the caramel espresso shake for an icy concoction that will satisfy your sweet tooth and also wake you up. Free Wi-Fi and lots of outdoor seating, combined with the great coffee beverages, make this place a great neighborhood coffeehouse.

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