Here’s a shot being pulled through a clear portafilter that I can’t stop watching.
Flyers for this month’s Thursday Night Throwdown are hot off the presses and on their way to specialty coffee joints across the city. You can download this month’s flyer, which features the excellent work of Big Bear’s Kyrae Cowan.
Thursday Night Throwdown
January 16 @ 8:30 (sign up) 9 p.m. (pour)
Big Bear Cafe
This remote was filmed last year but it’s worth a watch to see Conan taking a few jabs at his associate producer for purchasing an espresso machine for the company office.
Does your go-to coffee spot want to send you to one of its rivals? It may sound odd, but a handful of shops are actively encouraging you to go elsewhere for coffee. It’s called the DC Disloyalty program, and you can now find DC Disloyalty Cards at six participating coffee shops – Blind Dog Cafe, Chinatown Coffee Co., The Coffee Bar, La Mano, Peregrine Espresso and Filter Coffeehouse.
The program aims to build community around coffee in DC by encouraging customers to explore the city’s neighborhoods and coffee offerings. Here’s a brief description from the DC Disloyalty website at dcdisloyal.tumblr.com:
DC’s coffee community is a friendly, thriving one; area baristas have fun serving customers and each other. A scene like this deserves not a loyalty card but a disloyalty card, which encourages people to visit different neighborhoods, try coffee from different roasters each shop presents on their menus, and meet some awesome coffee professionals. [Read more...]
The release of Madcap’s Holiday Fusion has been a welcomed seasonal treat the past couple years. It’ll no doubt be an excellent coffee again this year, and you can taste it alongside several others during this Friday’s coffee tasting.
Madcap Coffee Tasting
Friday, December 6
1203 19th St. NW, 3rd Floor
Madcap will also have its Ethiopia Yukro on hand, a finalist for the Good Food Awards. The tasting will be guided by Trevor Corlett and Colin Whitcomb.
We’ve gone through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday … welcome to Giving Tuesday! If you aren’t familiar (I wasn’t), Giving Tuesday is a national campaign to spark charitable giving at the start of the holiday season. Local coffee purveyor, Tryst, is participating by raising funds for the Sitar Arts Center in Adams Morgan. Today only, stop by Tryst and donate $10 to the Sitar Arts Center Giving Tuesday campaign to receive one ticket redeemable for one cup of coffee (or, if you prefer, a glass of District Common beer, wine or cocktail). The campaign will run 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. [Read more...]
Just in time for Cyber Monday, Sprudge has launched its “pop-up web store” for merchandise illustrating coffee and, uh, cats. That’s right, you can now purchase a t-shirt, sweatshirt or tote bag adorned with your favorite coffee icons and feline friends, as conceived by Thomas Putman and Joanna Han. Here’s what’s available:
- The Classic Chemex Cat – Grey Fitted Sweatshirt $45
- The Snoozing Linea Cat – Off-White T-Shirt $25
- Cup Stamping Cats – Off-White T-Shirt $25
- The Cupping Cats Tote $15
- The Aeropress Cat Tote $15