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La Colombe Coffee

La Colombe Torrefaction

Coffee Shop$$$$
Logan Circle - Shaw, Washington
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  • Kaz K.
    Kaz K.July 6, 2015
    Don't expect to be able to easily find a seat on a weekend. Great place to relax or catch up with a friend at. Coffee beans make a good gift, too. They have hemp milk, if that's your thing.
  • Jaclyn C.
    Jaclyn CFebruary 13, 2015
    I know nothing about coffee other than I don't sleep when I have it and other people seem to have strong opinions. This is the best espresso drink I've ever had. Nice lady at the counter helped me.
  • Gretchen K.
    Gretchen KaagJune 4, 2016
    Incredible! Best hidden coffee in town. Everything is delicious - we came back again the same day to try the unique drinks. Excellent traditional drinks as well. Friendly staff and customers.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsJuly 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best coffee shops in DC. It's located in an alley so it can be a pain to locate the first time, but the coffee is well worth searching for. The baristas are awesome and the prices are fair.
  • Izaak B.
    Izaak BeekmanFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Try a steam-punk: a unique bean from Todd Carmichael's global search for the best single origin coffees. A list of beans on hand is available along with brief descriptions. Digging Mexico Guerrero atm
  • Rohaina
    RohainaDecember 23, 2014
    La Colombe does a great job of sticking to quality and taste – regardless of location. From DC to NYC to Chicago, they're amazing. Can't go wrong with a cafe au laits & an almond croissant.
  • Rowan M.
    Rowan McDowellDecember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This place SO needs more seating. I love the coffee here and we always visit when we come to DC, but we haven't been able to find a place to sit and stay awhile since last spring.
  • Izaak B.
    Izaak BeekmanMay 15, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Sometimes they have other espressos than their excellent Nizza. Ask whats's available. Try a drink with their Rouge beans: Nizza's brighter, bolder organic cousin.
  • Dana H.
    Dana HooshmandJune 12, 2016
    Their geisha pourovers are amazing. Always well executed. And beautiful China. La Colombe is a branch of a Philadelphia-based roaster that has a lot of cred.
  • Roger D.
    Roger DashSeptember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order your steampunk coffee at the register, Walk down the bar and pick your beans. It's all the same price 😉. HOWEVER. Don't be "THAT GUY" who orders a steampunk when the line goes out the door.
  • Tyler C.
    Tyler ChartierJune 17, 2015
    La Colombe easily takes the cake for best coffee coffee shop in DC. I like how it's hidden in an alley. Only those who want to find it will be there.
  • Phil A.
    Phil AdamsJuly 3, 2015
    Oh my goodness. Best latte ever. And the pourover was so flavorful!!! Not a fan of the purple mugs, but everything else is top notch. Great space and ambience.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiApril 12, 2015
    Perfect coffee shop for a beautiful day. Grab a cortado and a tasty treat to share with a friend or loved one.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MaggioMay 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Coffee here is great as always. Ham and Cheese Croissants are delicious, soft and flakey.
  • Michelle O.
    Michelle OlenoskiApril 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't walk too fast, or you won't find this place. Gotta turn down the hidden Blagden Alley to find this gem!
  • Ebrahim B.
    Ebrahim BandookwalaSeptember 22, 2014
    Single origin coffee! There's no menu .. know what coffee you want before you hit the counter. I had picture of a cappuccino from another 4sq tip :-)
  • Rowan M.
    Rowan McDowellDecember 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    These guys have the Best coffee in the world. Todd Carmichael is genius. Can't wait for this place to open. Get ready for a treat for your taste buds!
  • Roshan S.
    Roshan SadananiAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful exposed-brick, floor-to-ceiling window location with amazing coffee. Cortado is always a solid choice here.
  • Peter S.
    Peter StreibigApril 19, 2015
    Having a pour over in this venue is simply restorative. They did a superb job with this space. Absolutely must experience
  • Brian Y.
    Brian YiDecember 1, 2015
    No wifi. Getting here is interesting. Decaf latte was very good. This is my view.
  • John B.
    John BoothJuly 12, 2016
    Excellent little cafe hidden down the alleyways. Plenty of seating and sunlight plus the coffee is very good.
  • Jed S.
    Jed SundwallMay 4, 2014
    Excellent service here. I wasn't satisfied with my americano (it happens) and they took great care of me.
  • Tyler H.
    Tyler HastingsOctober 12, 2014
    Great coffee. Kind of hidden, you have to walk down a few alleys, but the place is hopping once you get here.
  • Ed M.
    Ed MFebruary 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful space. Friendly baristas. And delicious coffee. Great addition to the DC coffee scene
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KahnAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for the iced red eye if you don't want the new default (cold brew on tap)
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresMarch 23, 2014
    Really cool space, great atmosphere and excellent customer service!
  • morgan f.
    morgan finkelsteinDecember 30, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't miss their coffee activities (cuppings, classes etc) because best/most knowledgable staff ever!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SherwoodJuly 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Iced cold brew comes with a shot of espresso dumped in right before serving, as it should.
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsAugust 5, 2016
    Good location with plenty of chairs on the back bench. Didn't seem to be public wifi. Free sparkling water on tap.
  • Vivek B.
    Vivek BhagwatOctober 31, 2015
    Make sure to walk in the alley it's in before or after
  • Ash B.
    Ash B.February 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Finally, a great coffee shop in DC! The Americano was excellent.
  • On the Grid
    On the GridNovember 21, 2016
    Whether you’re an outright Hipster or a Fortune 500 business executive looking for some well roasted coffee, La Colombe is the place for you. Read more
  • kazahel
    kazahelJuly 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Keep walking. Nearby Compass Coffee is friendlier, serves tastier drinks, & always has seating.
  • Bernhard
    BernhardOctober 3, 2015
    Had a delicious v60 brew coffee from Yemen. Best coffee place in DC!
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerDecember 15, 2014
    Unusual but cozy spot. Bring a book and hang out on a winter evening.
  • Brionne G.
    Brionne GriffinMay 16, 2015
    They only offer one type of creamer—actual cream—and it's fantastic.
  • Whit M.
    Whit MaullNovember 7, 2014
    Excellent flat white. Public cuppings every Friday at 11.
  • Mary-Katherine M.
    Mary-Katherine McKenzieJune 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The almond croissants are AMAZING. So flaky and buttery and sweet.
  • Julie L.
    Julie LevineJuly 29, 2014
    Stellar coffee. Fun fact: they put a shot of espresso in the iced coffee, for that extra pick me up.
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningApril 18, 2015
    Iced coffee needs to be cooled beforehand -- a little watery. Great space and alley.
  • Lynn N.
    Lynn NguyenJune 14, 2014
    Doesn't have wifi. Deal with it. It's not a place to sit and work. It's a place to meet a friend and have a great long conversation.
  • Emily M.
    Emily M.July 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Cool space, but lack of adequate seating. Unfortunately, doesn't live up to the Philadelphia locations' reputation. Hope to see a change in the upcoming year!
  • Steven A.
    Steven AndrophyNovember 27, 2014
    Strangely enough, the best croissant I've ever had outside of France was here.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LinkinsMay 3, 2016
    Coffee is great. That succinct enough for you?
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MonsalveSeptember 30, 2015
    Lovely coffee shop tucked away in an alley. The pinnacle of ~trendy~ DC
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziSeptember 20, 2014
    Delicious croissants. Cool atmosphere, but almost always full.
  • Holly W.
    Holly WoodMarch 2, 2014
    Best coffee. No exaggeration. Best coffee.
  • Badr A.
    Badr AlotaibiAugust 2, 2016
    Perfect, it's located in corner. The staffs are nice.
  • Mesha
    MeshaOctober 10, 2016
    Coffee is amazing but staff are out of this world.. love them.
  • Gutstavito A.
    Gutstavito Alvarez MorenoSeptember 29, 2015
    Not a place for breakfast as they only have a handful of pastries, although they have a good selection of signature coffees.
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