Where to Caffeinate in Washington D.C.

by | Sep 7, 2011 | Johannesburg, USA | 5 comments

Today was my last day in D.C. Before leaving town I had hoped to visit (and blog about) the brand-new Martin Luther King Memorial. (We love our memorials in Washington.) But time and weather weren’t on my side. MLK will have to wait for my next trip home.

Instead, I’ll leave you with some pictures of Filter, one of my favorite D.C. coffeehouses. Filter is hidden away on a residential street, just north of Dupont Circle at 20th and S. I’ve spent many happy mornings sipping coffee at Filter with my friend Bob, and that’s exactly what I was doing when I took these photos.

A skilled barista brews me a single cup of Ethiopian Sidamo. Filter serves single-origin coffees from around the world, roasted locally in Annapolis, Maryland.

Bob and I wandered into Filter a few days before it opened last year, and the owner, Rasheed, treated us to free coffee. We’ve been loyal patrons ever since.

Ready to drink. Filter coffee is too good to drink with milk or sugar.

Bob ordered a cortado, which is basically an espresso with warm milk. Bob is always on the cutting edge of coffee-drink-ordering.

There are some good coffeehouses in Joburg, which I wrote about in a previous post. But there’s nothing in Joburg like Filter. If you’re into coffee and find yourself in D.C., please go there and have a chat with Rasheed.

My visit to D.C. is over but I’ve still got several days left in the U.S.A. I’m on my way to visit my mom in South Carolina, assuming the rain lets up and my flight actually departs from Reagan National Airport tonight. I hope to publish my next post from the Lowcountry.


  1. Kathryn McCullough

    Have a safe trip south. I’ll be curious to read what you write from there. Is it your mom who lives in Hilton Head, or is that someone else I’m thinking of?

    • 2summers

      Yes, my mom lives in HH! I finally made it here after a very long journey. I’m not sure what I’ll write about yet – I won’t here very long. But I’ll think of something 🙂

  2. Kathryn McCullough

    I guess if I knew what the lowcountry was I wouldn’t have asked that Hilton Head quesion. Oops! Should have clicked on that before I asked.

  3. sophabroad

    Your post has made me want to go and make myself a cup of strong, smooth, delicious coffee! It’s great to come across somewhere and have it become your ‘watering-hole’ of choice. My ex and I had a similar experience with an Indian restaurant near where I live – the first time we went, the lovely owner gave us a delicious free starter, and we were in love with the place from that moment on.

    • 2summers

      I love local hangouts too. One of the great things about being an expat is getting to go back home and visit those places after a long time away. Thanks for reading!


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