Columbia Heights Has a Coffee Problem

10 Feb
Columbia Heights has a coffee problem

Photo taken in Columbia Heights Coffee

All of your senses are heightened as you step into a coffee shop.  Your nostrils flair as the sweet smell of espresso floats through the air.  Nothing is more gratifying than the loud roar of a coffee grinder in the background.  Just thinking of a coffee shop gives you the feeling of warm, comfy chairs.  Dim lights and interesting artwork are so pleasing to the eyes.  Best of all, the gratifying taste of fresh roasted dark coffee as it hits your tongue.  It is hard to think of a more heavenly place than a good coffee shop.

Unfortunately for those of us who live in Columbia Heights, good coffee shops are few and far between.  We have what I’m going to call two and half.    The most obvious is the over crowded, obnoxiously loud Starbucks right on 14th.  I do what I can to avoid this place, if for no other reason than for the fear of losing my love for coffee shops due to its horrible characteristics.  Across the street lies the “half.”  Inside of Target sits another Starbucks, coffee brewed, but with seats of few.

The only real coffee shop worth a visit is Columbia Heights Coffee.  Located on 11th Street near Park, you are at least guaranteed a coffee shop experience.  It has the comfy chairs, the wonderful smell and pipping hot java.  As long as you can snag one of the few seats, you are golden, but if you hit the business at the wrong time, good luck.  I heard a few months ago that Columbia Heights Coffee had plans to expand in the empty space next door.  That rumor was shot yesterday by Prince of Petworth who reports that they could not get a permit.

It is so sad that with so much development coming to this neighborhood, we are left with few places to pump ourselves with a Red Eye delight.  I certainly think we could easily support a few more shops, so where are they?

My hope for those of us residents with caffeine addictions is that at least one brave soul will open another coffee establishment in the near future.  I would certainly support anyone willing to try.

**I would also like to note that Pan Lourdes also calls themselves a coffee shop.  While I absolutely love Pan Lourdes and their bread, I don’t think that placing a table in a shop that sells coffee merits the name “coffee shop.”  Same goes for Sticky Fingers Bakery on Park Rd.


5 Responses to “Columbia Heights Has a Coffee Problem”

  1. klheckert February 10, 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    I might be wrong because it’s changed hands/organization several time, but isn’t there a coffee shop at 14th and Park in the Tivoli building? Used to be called Mayorga Coffee? Is that no longer there?

  2. thehaysay February 11, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    I totally forgot about that place. It switched over this summer to a sushi bar called Nori. It seems like they have had a pretty good run so far. I’ve never seen the place full, but it appears to have consistent diners.

  3. erica February 11, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    its not a coffee shop, but the pizza place on 14 & Irving has Illy coffee, which makes me happy.

  4. dan February 12, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    There’s also a place that just opened a couple months ago at Sherman and Harvard called CocoLibre. They serve coffee, tea, and sandwiches.


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