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Chinatown Coffee Company

Chinatown Coffee Company

(Now Closed)
Coffee Shop and Grocery Store$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
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  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    A bright, storefront with basic furniture and funky music where uber-friendly and efficient baristas serve up smooth, wonderful espressos as well as drip, French press, and hand pour coffees. Read more
  • Luiz C.heart icon on user image
    Luiz CentenaroJune 15, 2014
    Need energy? Try the Ethiopian Hand Pour, if you are hungry the Paradiso; salted bacon with nutella and sliced strawberry on a brioche is dank. The wifi is overworked but atmosphere is worth it.
  • William S.heart icon on user image
    William ShriverJanuary 31, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent coffee with a local vibe. Incredibly kind baristas and plenty of seating. Has everything you need in a coffee shop.
  • Katarina K.heart icon on user image
    Katarina KatsmaJune 9, 2015
    This place is the BEST. Their tea is good (and I'm a tea snob) but the coffee is just to die for. The guys work hard but still find the time to be super friendly! A+++
  • Jonathan W.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan WebberSeptember 10, 2014
    Great coffee but very small location. Get their espresso, the barista will pull it just right. If you can find a seat, it's a cool place to hang out, but don't count on one being available.
  • Borys P.heart icon on user image
    Borys PierovNovember 20, 2017
    I had an amazing Chemex coffee at this place couple of times while my experience with chai latte was almost opposite.
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerDecember 15, 2014
    One of the best spots in DC. Tons of seating, quality coffee, and free wifi.
  • trillateezy
    trillateezyDecember 23, 2014
    Quality coffee. Worth stepping in and checking out their specials. Mochas and vanilla lattes are good. They also serve absinthe!
  • Fheart icon on user image
    FFebruary 22, 2015
    Being that it's not too far out of the way of the metro, this is a highly-trafficked coffee stop for many. Don't expect to camp here with your MacBook and scone.
  • Lu D.
    Lu DuongApril 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Chinatown Coffee Company is a wonderful "locals" hangout. Their baristas are top notch (Ian in particular) and they now have their liquor license and also serve 3 kinds of Absinthe! Seats go quickly!
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 11, 2015
    Awesome coffee place. The best coffee place in Chinatown and the best coffee place I have been in DC.
  • Oi Yin L.heart icon on user image
    Oi Yin LoApril 3, 2015
    Great service. Nice relaxing atmosphere for delving into a book and delicious coffee.
  • Ramata S.
    Ramata SowSeptember 15, 2013
    Yummy scones and great music. Bright, contemporary, nice exposed brick on the walls. Great place to study if you don't mind a little noise.
  • AskMen
    AskMenSeptember 3, 2010
    Chinatown Coffee just got a liquor license, & it’ll be serving $3 Lagunitas IPA & Dale’s Pale Ale to pair with Red Hook’s exquisitely buttery lobster rolls. Thursday, September 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Read more
  • Cat C.
    Cat CatAugust 9, 2014
    Specially picked coffees can be made by french press, chemex or syphon methods. Definitely worth a try.
  • Vincent D.heart icon on user image
    Vincent De WitSeptember 18, 2017
    Stunning place, friendly staff, love the pour over 👍👌😊
  • Jon R.
    Jon RiethmaierMay 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best damn baristas in D.C. are right here. Get a Black Cat espresso or whatever guest espresso is available. Purchase Intelly, Novo or Counter Culture for home brewing!
  • Zipcar
    ZipcarJune 6, 2011
    Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and the best darn potato chips this side of the Mississippi at this neighborhood hangout. We recommend grabbing a seat at the front window for people watching.
  • Hillary H.
    Hillary HartleyApril 30, 2014
    The granola/yogurt really is worth leaving a tip. It's very good! Full fat, creamy, and just the right sweetness.
  • Brad P.
    Brad PMarch 30, 2013
    Great coffee. And I'm all about the absinthe happy hours on Friday. Be sure to pick up one of their loyalty cards.
  • Sophie B.heart icon on user image
    Sophie BosloughOctober 13, 2017
    Great spot to work- organic tea and delicious coffee!
  • Audrey T.heart icon on user image
    Audrey TolbertNovember 26, 2013
    If (when) I own a coffee place, it will be like this: great coffee, fast wifi, good music, and craft beer.
  • Eric H.heart icon on user image
    Eric HinmanApril 25, 2014
    Cortado + homemade granola w/ local yogurt - perfect afternoon treat!
  • Michael S.heart icon on user image
    Michael StarrSeptember 1, 2014
    Love the coffees. They rotate frequently. Try a siphon brew if you haven't before!
  • Valorie C.
    Valorie ClarkJuly 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're feeling decadent (or need a pick-me-up), get one of their red velvet cupcakes and any espresso beverage. Seriously great.
  • Elizabeth M.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth MitchellMay 27, 2014
    They use awesome cows milk but also have almond and soy options. Decent pastries and beans but no one seems to sell coffee by the lb anymore
  • Brionne G.
    Brionne GriffinSeptember 20, 2014
    Coffee is rich and strong. The granola and yogurt cup is very good too.
  • Eric B.heart icon on user image
    Eric BreeseOctober 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Super friendly service and delicious stuff. They are also tech friendly: they take Square and have wifi and outlets.
  • katherine k. r.heart icon on user image
    katherine k. robinsonAugust 15, 2017
    Great coffee, free wifi, friendly staff, hard and mostly backless seating.
  • Joey M.heart icon on user image
    Joey MarburgerMay 10, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Finally found a replacement for Blue Bottle's Gibraltar. It's the Cortado and it's delicious.
  • Behrad Eats
    Behrad EatsMarch 26, 2014
    Great coffee, good atmosphere and friendly staff!
  • Megan S.
    Megan Stiff-VasinNovember 9, 2012
    The yogurt and granola is amazing!! Creamy full fat vanilla yogurt and fresh handmade granola. Delish!!!!
  • Al B.heart icon on user image
    Al BundyAugust 22, 2015
    If you can stay, or want a hot drink, I guess this would be the place to go. I asked for a "pour over ice" and was told that they don't do that. Why not?That's how a real 3rd wave coffee shop makes it
  • Sam H.
    Sam HJanuary 18, 2015
    Good coffee for good prices! My favorite is their iced coffee
  • Karla S.heart icon on user image
    Karla SosaMay 17, 2016
    Delicious coffee and espresso drinks in a great atmosphere
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LittlejohnDecember 16, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    I don't endorse coffeeshops easily. But I tried this place after seeing it on FS and it was a surprising find in the heart of Chinatown. Excellent espresso beverage. Now on my short list of cafes.
  • c0uPheart icon on user image
    c0uPMay 24, 2016
    Excellent cortado. Bonus points for the glassware.
  • Christina S.
    Christina SkurskyDecember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down the best vanilla latte I've had in a while. Plus they put hearts in the foam :)
  • Ari S.
    Ari SternFebruary 3, 2010
    Coffee experts reside here. To correct a previous tip, well-crafted Intelligentsia coffees and espressos can also be had at Sticky Fingers Bakery and SOVA, but you are definitely in good hands at Chin
  • Eric H.heart icon on user image
    Eric HinmanApril 28, 2013
    Great music and atmosphere. Cafe Latte is the way to go.
  • Maryann J.
    Maryann James-DaleyJuly 27, 2012
    best yogurt and granola I've had ever. iced chai is tasty too. an oasis in Chinatown.
  • Graham F.
    Graham FlemingJuly 1, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Can't go wrong with the yogurt and granola on an early morning.
  • Steven H.heart icon on user image
    Steven HassallNovember 11, 2014
    Tasty granola and yogurt but disappointing coffee, too hot and slightly burnt
  • Brendan B.heart icon on user image
    Brendan BrownOctober 17, 2014
    Make sure your beard game is on point. Hand pour coffee is delicious.
  • Erik S.
    Erik StegmanJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Follow them on Facebook to see their daily world blend. Cute, friendly baristas too!
  • morg
    morgDecember 30, 2014
    Best coffee in Chinatown for sure, but such little cups!
  • Robbie A.heart icon on user image
    Robbie AllanAugust 16, 2014
    Great espresso, or take an extra minute and get a Guatemalan vacuum syphon
  • Rosie P.
    Rosie PeckApril 16, 2015
    Very cute place and nice people serving. Great coffee too
  • Darci L.
    Darci LarsenSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best lattes in DC. The sweetness of the espresso precludes the need to add sugar.
  • Mayalin B.heart icon on user image
    Mayalin BarrNovember 22, 2014
    Staff is friendly...sometimes! The only thing I came here for was to buy black cat espresso.
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