|I apologize for the blurry photos.|
Atmosphere: Upon entering, the interior greets you with warm colors, DC decor, and an open area with ample seating ranging from bar stools to readings chairs. The brick walls, tile flooring, and orange tubing on the ceiling emit a welcoming industrial vibe. I loved the art pieces of the Metro system hanging on the wall. The artist separated the different rail lines, and pasted pictures of famous landmarks and POI you can find when you take that specific Metro train. Neat idea!
The only issue are laptops. Granted, this was my first time visiting and my impressions are based simply on one visit, but laptops were a-plenty! After ordering our drinks, my friend and I waited by the creamer stations for 10 minutes waiting for a table to clear up. Normally I wouldn't mind, but when the tables are dominated by laptops it can be frustrating. This isn't a critique of Ebenezer's specifically, but a problem facing all coffee shops, and I wish there was an easy solution. I simply state that while there is ample seating, the ample seating can be monopolized.
|Notice the oranges! Unfortunately, laptops have invaded most of the table seating. Though, this is largely a pet-peeve than a critique of Ebenezer|
|The Orange Line: Home of Honest Abe and the White House|
Coffee: Ebenezers serves One Village Coffee, which means they are not roastery. One Village and Ebenerzers support sustainability, using only coffee that has been certified "Fair Trade." Ebenezers motto is "Coffee with a Cause."
The coffee selection offers the standard range of coffee drinks from espresso to soy lattes. I was hoping for a "pour-over" option or a possibility of trying different coffees, but unfortunately these two options were not explicitly offered on their menu. With that said, generally only specialty coffee roasters have the latter option. Though, hopefully in the future, Ebenezers could expand some of their coffee offerings to buying a French Press or a "pour over" coffee to differentiate themselves from other coffee shops. I would love this!
The drip coffee had a bold, dark taste! I was hoping for a little more flavor from a specialty coffee shop, but also, one must consider that to make it marketable for the common coffee consumer it cannot diverge too much from a bold, dark taste. With that stated, it certainly wasn't bitter.
Conclusion: Ebenezers is a wonderful coffee shop near Union Station. It is an excellent alternative for people waiting in Union Station to get a cup of coffee and see a site or two on the brief 4 minute walk. As Ebenezers develops and grow more popular, which it will, I hope they expand their offerings to include brew on-demand options, principally French Press pots and "pour-over."
Sorry for the long post!