Caffeination Stations

Looking for a new shop to exploit your coffee habit? Here’s three opening faster than you can say “cream, no sugar.” –LJ


Caffe Aficionado
Arlington | Expected Open: May
Born in Asmara, Eritrea and raised in Milan, Adiam Berhane is now bringing Italian coffee culture to Rosslyn.

Unlike American coffee shops, Italian cafes provide little or no seating. There’s no drive-through or wifi. Customers order drinks at a bar and sip right there. But heeding stateside tastes, there will be a few stools, but Berhane stays firm on the shot: the two-ounce espresso will not be sold to-go.

Caffe Aficionado will serve coffee from Los Angeles’ Handsome Coffee Roasters and Steven Smith Tea, an artisanal brand from Portland. Food options will include pastries from D.C.’s vegan bakery, Sticky Fingers and Lady M Cakes from New York. “They’re really good, they’re not just beautiful.”

Another Italian touch: caramelles. This spring Berhane’s flying to Italy to find the caramel candies she remembered, which were complimentary with each cup; She’s determined to “promote good breath.” / 1919 N. Lynn St., Arlington.


M.E. Swing Coffee Roasters
Alexandria | Expected Open: April
From the early 1920s to 1989 M.E. Swing Company roasted coffee by a father-son duo on E Street in Washington, D.C.

Almost a century later, M.E. Swing is opening a coffee shop inside its roasting facility. The roastery will offer educational coffee tastings, called cuppings, plus tours and coffee bean souvenirs, by the pound. M.E. Swing will source from different regions dependng on season. First up: Peruvian organic cofffee. / 501 E. Monroe Ave., Alexandria.


Emma’s Coffee Shop and WineBar
Alexandria | Expected Open: Summer
Named after 1925’s Emma P. Hume subdivision, Del Ray residents, mother and daughter Connie and Jackie Desrosiers, plan for a 40-seat space in a former farmhouse. They’ll start with coffee and then concentrate on the wine bar. / 106 E. Hume Ave., Alexandria.


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(April 2013)


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