Sunday, November 28, 2010

Beanstalk Coffeehouse, Boone NC

352 West King Street
Boone, NC 28607

Guerilla Cafe, Berkeley, CA

1620 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709

Stumptown, NYC

Ace Hotel
20 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001

Groundwork Coffee, Santa Monica

2908 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Cafe Besalu, Seattle WA

5909 24th Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107

Blue Bottle, East & West

160 Berry St
Brooklyn, New York 11211

1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

Espresso Cielo, Santa Monica

3101 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

Four Barrel, San Francisco

375 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco

1026 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Peregrine Espresso, Washington DC

660 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
Washington, DC 20003

Double D's, Asheville NC

41 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

Monday, January 25, 2010

Baked & Wired

Nestled on a side street along the Georgetown Canal, but certainly not undiscovered by the Georgetown student community, Baked & Wired Café provides its clientele with the 3 essentials: caffeine, cupcakes and internet access. It also helps students to achieve their two most favorite states of being...

Wired - Serving only Counter Culture coffee, a Direct Trade roaster based out of Durham, NC, Baked and Wired’s espresso drinks are some of the best in DC. But it’s not just these specialty beans that make B&W's drinks so tasty. The organic leche from cows milked just 88 miles outside of the district at the Trickling Springs Creamery in Chambersburg, PA has a little something to do with the sweet, velvety deliciousness of these lattes. Only when you have the combination of the perfect beans, the perfect milk, and a loving barista, can you achieve a rosetta as pretty as the one shown here. I didn't even want to drink it, so as not to disturb the picture. But I got over that after first sip.

Baked - Sober or stoned, the wall of cupcakes is too enticing to ignore, so you may as well just give in and enjoy one of the most unique flavored cupcakes you'll ever encountered. (And you can believe I have encountered a lot of cupcakes) It was a tough call, but my pick of the day was the Elvis cupcake - banana cake with peanut butter icing and a chocolate drizzle - and, for the record, I picked good! But really, with their private bakery just down the block, and a team of four full time bakers, there aren't any bad eggs in the bunch.

1052 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: 7am – 7pm weekdays, 8am – 8pm Saturday, 9am-7pm Sunday

Liz's Rating
Linger? – Not so easy to find a spot as most seats in the house are occupied by laptoids.
Cost - $$
Value – High
Taste – 5 stars
Mood – 3 stars
Wifi - yes