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What to do in DC: Grab A Cup of Coffee at Mid City Caffe


Stop and grab a cup of coffee at Mid City Caffe, one of DC's newest independent coffee shops

Stop and grab a cup of coffee at Mid City Caffe, one of DC's newest independent coffee shops

Until recently DC had pretty much been devoid of good places to sit down, grab a cup of good coffee, and get some work done.  You pretty much had two options: Starbucks or Caribou Coffee, neither of which really encourages people to stay for very long.  However, a couple of upstart independents are finally starting to make their presence known, serving up truly special cups of joe in a welcoming environment.  One of these places in Mid City Caffe, a small joint in Logan Circle that serves the needs of caffeine cravers looking to enjoy some amazing coffee while banging away on their laptops for hours on end.

Mid City uses beans from North Carolina's own Counter Culture Coffee

Mid City uses beans from North Carolina's own Counter Culture Coffee

Mid City Caffe is different from your typical chain coffee shop in a couple of ways.  Physically, it sure doesn’t look anything like your usual Starbucks.  Occupying a space that once belonged to an automotive company, Mid City Caffe more resembles a mid century diner (the huge windows overlooking the street still advertise auto parts in a nod to its heritage, however).  Art deco details adorn the walls and the seating consists of elclectic 50s style counter stools, chairs, and padded benches.  The other, more important, thing that separates Mid City from your average coffee chain is the coffee itself.  It’s brewed fresh, with beans provided by North Carolina roaster Counter Culture Coffee.  When you order a cup, the beans are ground, put in a filter, and hot water is poured over them and right into your cup (there’s also a French Press option if you intend on staying a while).  You can also get seven different cups of espresso here, three of which can be ordered on ice.  If coffee isn’t your thing Mid City also serves up tea, soda from Boylan Bottleworks, and an assortment of food ranging from toasted bagels to chiffon cakes made by local bakeries.  Oh, and there’s free wi-fi.  Rejoice!

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