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Visiting DC soon? I have created a "Coffee Map," for quality coffee houses in the District. This list is certainly not exhaustive, but a spotlight on a handful of places you should visit if you are looking for good coffee. I have not included Alexandria, Arlington, or Maryland suburbs.
If you are a tourist walking the mall, the best bets are Chinatown Coffee Company and M.E. Swings Coffee.
Going to the Kennedy Center? Bourbon Coffee near George Washington University is the place for you!
A tourist who is looking to go "Beyond the National Mall," should visit Eastern Market on the Orange/Blue line. Peregrine espresso will be a nice respite from the Farmer's market and shops.
Going north of the Mall? Check out Tryst, Dolcezza Gelato, and Mid City Caffe.