The Coffee Issue: Loudoun coffee shops

A roundup of Loudoun’s coffee shops from our January 2017 coffee issue.

Colada Shop
Try an array of Cuban-style coffees, like the Café Cubano with whipped sugar at Sterling’s Colada Shop. / Photo by Rey Lopez

By Stefanie Gans and Tonya Stewart

Here’s where to get your coffee fix in Loudoun:

Bean Bar

With comfy seating everywhere—big booths, plush bar stools, leather armchairs—Bean Bar inside The Village at Leesburg is not only a place to collapse after a round of shopping, but it is also a spot for serious coffee. –SG Wi-Fi: free; Beans: Madcap Coffee Company (Grand Rapids, Michigan), for sale // 1601 Village Market Blvd. SE, Leesburg

Blend Coffee Bar

This window-lit coffee shop is extra-long with different vibes for each section: a work atmosphere of tables in the front and a vacation-worthy hanging chair/hammock situation that just screams for a book and a latte afternoon. –SG Wi-Fi: free; Beans: Lone Oak Coffee Company (Winchester) and Caffe Amouri (Vienna), for sale // 43170 Southern Walk Plaza, Ashburn

Brew LoCo

Only in this newly beer-crazed region does it make sense to combine a brewing supply store with a coffee shop. Brew LoCo also sells beer (in singles, too), wine and hosts a minicafe with a slim menu of panini and a large menu of drinks including a flight of espressos: cortado (mini latte), con panna (with whipped cream) and affogato (with cappuccino gelato). –SG Wi-Fi: free; Beans: Lone Oak Coffee Company (Winchester) // 19382 Diamond Lake Drive, Lansdowne

Chai Coffee Cafe

Opened last fall, this coffee shop offers all the normal espresso-based drinks plus a variety of chai. There’s also the Indian madra kaapi, which is a bit like a latte. Finely ground bean powder (imported from India) brews for about two hours in a metal filter, resulting in an espresso-like liquid, and then is topped with steamed milk. –SG Wi-Fi: free; Beans: assorted and imported from India // 43800 Central Station Drive, Ashburn

Colada Shop

This teeny glass-walled shop in the new Cascades Overlook shopping complex focuses on Cuban food and drink, like the wickedly sweet (thanks to whipped sugar) and strong (espresso) café cubano. –SG Wi-Fi: free; Beans: Compass Coffee (Washington, D.C.), for sale // 21430 Epicerie Plaza, Sterling

King Street Coffee

King Street Coffee offers repose for busy Leesburg shoppers or anyone hoping to sit and sip. Outside are rocking chairs on the front porch and Adirondack chairs surrounding a fire pit. Inside the space is quaint and intimate: a good place to chat with a friend. –TS Wi-Fi: free; Beans: Lone Oak Coffee Company (Winchester), for sale // 110 S. King St., Leesburg

LoCo Joe

If Purcellville is known for anything these days, it’s craft drinks: booze, beer and now coffee. LoCo Joe is an inviting shop with couches, tables and schmeared bits of bagels cut up for snacking at the register while you’re waiting for that Geisha pour over. –SG Wi-Fi: free; Beans: Swing’s Coffee Company (Alexandria) and Ceremony Coffee Roasters (Annapolis, Maryland), for sale // 550 E. Main St., Purcellville

Middleburg Common Grounds

Sink into those cushy leather armchairs and stay for open mic happy hour or, in warmer months, park outside on the huge patio for people-watching in downtown Middleburg at this friendly shop. –SG Wi-Fi: free; Beans: JDKA (Silver Spring, Maryland) // 114 W. Washington St., Middleburg

Shoes, Cup and Cork

Over the years Shoes, Cup and Cork has changed owners and evolved from a coffee bar to a full-fledged restaurant, but they still roast in-house. –SG Wi-Fi: free with purchase; Beans: roasts on-site and Lone Oak Coffee Company (Winchester), for sale // 17 N. King St., Leesburg

Also

Brassicas (Aldie)

Federal St. Cafe (Middleburg)

Market Street Coffee (Leesburg + Purcellville)

Mug N Muffin (Stone Ridge)

Roots 657 (Leesburg)

Coming soon: Petite Loulou (Purcellville)

(January 2017 Coffee)

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