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November 19, 2013


Unparalleled coffee and service

This is the best coffee shop I've ever found. Now I live in NYC and can't find anything as good as Peregrine. :-(

The Best Coffee in Washington, D.C. Keeps Getting Better

Part of being a good reporter, I am reliably told, is that you always go the distance for the story, which is why I woke up extremely early last Saturday and drove nearly forty-five minutes to a section of Washington, D.C. that I had not visited in years. For a cup of coffee.

In a decade and a half, the Petworth neighborhood had clearly changed—like, a lot𠅊nd right at the heart of all the happenings was the neighborhood&aposs weekly farmer’s market. I was not there for the first produce of the season, or for the guy slicing brisket, or the piles of puffy cheese danish that had people lining up patiently I was here because the day before, I𠆝 tasted a very specific coffee from a very specific local roaster, name of Lost Sock, and I liked it a great deal. Upon further investigation, I learned that this market (and one the following morning, across town) would be, for the time being, the sole direct retail opportunity, and so I got up and I went, with pleasure.

My options that morning were hot coffee or iced coffee—simple, straightforward. I went for the pourover Colombian, a sparkling bright, crisp, citrus-forward and—most important—thrillingly precise coffee, sourced through the Direct Origin Trading collective from a woman-owned finca in Colombia&aposs Tolima region. Very soon after that, I immediately regretted not getting the iced coffee (Guji, Ethiopia) as well. I also regretted not being able to drink the entire cup of the coffee that I did buy, knowing just how many stops there would be before the day was over.

When The Best Coffee In Every State 2019 survey was released back in March, there were more than a few D.C. readers wondering—what about our nation&aposs capital? Great question, and I’m glad people asked—while we typically have not included the city in these nationwide surveys, there’s no reason why the District shouldn’t get its share of the attention. Realizing that it had been nearly ten months since my last visit, last weekend, in town and eager to right past wrongs, I took a memorable ride through the district’s sprawling scene, visiting more than a dozen cafes, and sampling a ridiculous amount of coffee. Initially I thought I𠆝 just drop a list of five of my favorites, and call it a job done well enough, but this time I thought I might bring you inside the process, giving you the great, the good and the sometimes less-than, just to give you an idea how the Best Coffee in Every State 2019 survey was conducted.

The details: Almost without exception, I will visit each cafe anonymously, ordering a drip coffee, an espresso, and a cortado or a cappuccino, in order to cover as many bases as possible. In order to experience the shop just as any novice customer would, I do not ask for remakes�sides, with all the competition in most cities these days, and certainly in this one, I don’t feel it’s all that unfair to expect them to do it right the first time.

While thirteen cafes (actually, there were a couple more, but I’ll spare you the details) might seem like too many for two days, bear in mind that I had been to more than half of them before, sometimes many times over. The best part—nearly everything new to me was usually far better than I expected, a terrific development for a city that often feels like it has so comfortably settled on the same brands (both behemoth and boutique) now seen in cities all up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Right, enough—let’s get to the good stuff.

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Nanovessel is an insulated flask compatible with Nanopresso. Don't waste time to pour hot water from vacuum flask into Nanopresso water tank. The Nanovessel can be mounted directly onto the Nanopresso and used as a large water tank. Food grade and made of stainless steel 304, it keeps water hot for hours. The twist off lid and filter element are easy to remove and clean.

NOTICE: When mounted onto the Nanopresso, the Nanovessel can't insure its isothermal function. Hot water must be stored in the Nanovessel with its lid fastened for best keep hot performances.


Dimension 146x62x62 mm 5.75x2.44x2.44 in
Weight 190 g 0.42 lb
Water capacity 210 ml 7.10 fl oz



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Peregrine and Ceremony Coffee scooped up big awards at Coffee Fest

The New York edition of the coffee trade show Coffee Fest lured buyers, roasters and coffee-heads from across the Mid-Atlantic last weekend, culminating in a kind of Academy Awards of the coffee world (with more denim and, you know, beards).

Two local purveyors scooped up top awards: Annapolis-based roaster Ceremony Coffee was named America's best espresso for its Kenya Igutha single-origin espresso and Peregrine Espresso was named America's best coffeehouse, besting Mudhouse of Charlottesville.

"We were super excited about winning the competition," Ceremony's owner, Vincent Iatesta, said of the win. "The judges got it right. The Kenya, you would expect it to be a super-bright coffee, but we were able to control the acidity." Instead, the coffee boasts notes of clover honey, tobacco and blackcurrant, with a hint of citrus.

Want to try it? The only place to find the Kenya single-origin locally is at Filter Coffeehouse in Dupont Circle. The shop isn't selling it by the bag, but you can order your double espresso, latte or flat-white with the Kenya while supplies last for the next week or so.

Bad-boy barista makes good on his D.C. tax debt

Former Murky Coffee owner Nicholas Cho, at left, took to the Web in defense in 2008 after a customer publicly berated barista David Flynn, at right, over the shop’s strict policies. The fracas lit up the Internet. (2008 photo by Joe Heim/The Washington Post)

If there’s a Donald Trump of the specialty coffee world, he’s Nicholas Cho, the charismatic barista with a history of avoiding taxes and reacting sharply to critics.

Washingtonians of recent vintage probably have no clue who Cho is. He used to operate the much-admired Murky Coffee, with locations in Arlington and on Capitol Hill. It was the forerunner of today’s third-wave shops — Qualia, Peregrine Espresso, Compass, the Wydown and many more — that flood our veins with coffee prepared from high-quality, single-origin beans from around the world. Both Murky locations have long since closed, done in by tax violations, higher rent, mismanagement or some combination of the three.

But before he shuttered the shops and moved to California to co-found a roaster, Cho developed a reputation as Murky’s guard dog, willing to take a bite out of anyone who messed with the integrity of his coffee products. Arguably, his most famous episode came in 2008, when he got into a war of online words with a customer who didn’t appreciate Murky’s approach to serving espresso (that is, refusing to dilute it with ice). It was an exchange of tirades that ended with Cho threatening to punch the guy in, well, his baby maker.

The fight broke the Internet way before Kim Kardashian.

Nearly two years after that episode, Cho pleaded guilty to eight counts of criminal tax violation for not submitting tax receipts from Murky Coffee on Capitol Hill, which closed in February 2008 when the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue padlocked the property. Cho faced nearly four years in prison, but a D.C. Superior Court judge suspended the sentence and placed Cho on five years’ supervised probation. The probation came with conditions: Cho would complete 400 hours of community service and pay more than $190,000 in restitution.

More than six years later, Cho has finally paid off his debt to the District of Columbia. But it required a protracted court battle and the District’s willingness to forgive more than $30,000 in interest. In the end, Cho paid slightly more than $157,000 to resolve the tax debt.

“We were able to get all but $30,000 back,” said Robert P. Marus, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office. “If the judge sent him to jail, we wouldn’t have been able to get any of that back.”

Nicholas Cho pours a winning cup during a 2010 barista competition in the District. After Cho’s move west, the D.C. district attorney’s office claimed he had failed to use his coffee expertise to earn an income that would allow him to pay his debts. (2010 photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

So what caused Cho to cough up the cash? The D.C. Office of the Attorney General filed a motion in late 2014 to revoke Cho’s probation and toss him in jail. The District accused Cho of willfully not complying with the conditions of his probation. The office laid out the numbers: By June 2015, more than five years after pleading guilty, Cho had paid back only $17,169 (with a balance of more than $170,000) and had completed 29 hours of community service (6 percent of the amount required).

The district attorney’s office accused Cho of, among other things, voluntarily impoverishing himself failing to take advantage of his coffee expertise to earn a living spending cash on overseas travel instead of repaying his debts and concealing income. The attorney general’s office alleged that Cho had reported only $1,000 in income from 2010 to 2013, while city investigators unearthed 1099-K forms allegedly showing that Cho had earned more than $160,000 in the years 2011 through 2013.

“The defendant has failed virtually every probationary condition, no matter how easy and uncomplicated such conditions have been. It is evident from the defendant’s conduct that he has not taken his probation seriously,” the attorney general’s office alleged in court documents.

In court documents responding to the District’s motion to revoke probation, Cho’s attorney, Eugene Ohm, attacked the District’s allegations point by point. The financial crisis of 2008 has hampered Cho’s ability to find employment, the attorney argued. Cho’s overseas travels were industry-related trips for lectures or networking, paid for by other entities. The $160,000 was payments to Wrecking Ball Coffee, a San Francisco-based roaster that’s owned by Cho’s wife, Trish Rothgeb.

Six years after pleading guilty to eight counts of criminal tax violation, Cho has paid most of his debt to the District, which has dropped its efforts to have his probation revoked. (2007 photo by Dayna Smith/For The WashingtonPost)

“When setting up the PayPal Business account for Wrecking Ball Coffee, Mr. Cho provided his own Social Security number,” Ohm argued. “Mr. Cho was unaware that this would result in a Form 1099-K being issued in his name in connection with the income of the business.”

Additionally, Cho’s attorney argued that his client has “deep, pervasive” financial problems that extend beyond what he owes to the District. Cho, the attorney said, has had to use what little money he has earned or borrowed to cover numerous liabilities “while still providing himself with the necessities of life.”

The attorney general’s office countered that it had collected enough evidence to prove Cho could pay off his debt. The office declined to share all its evidence. But spokesman Marus said work by Bayly Leighton, assistant attorney general, and James Hessler, a criminal investigator with the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue, gave Cho little choice but to make restitution and start volunteering his time. He has now completed his community service hours.

And where did Cho get the money to cover his tax debt? According to the attorney general’s office, two checks were submitted on Cho’s behalf. The first one, in the amount of $100,000, arrived June 15. The second one, for $39,885.38, arrived June 28. Both were drawn on an account owned by L.M. Rothgeb. Nexis records indicate L.M. Rothgeb is related to Trish Rothgeb, Cho’s wife and business partner in Wrecking Ball Coffee.

On Aug. 10, a Superior Court judge approved the District’s motion to withdraw the request to revoke Cho’s probation, officially ending the city’s more than eight-year battle to get the former Murky Coffee owner to pay his taxes.

“I’ve completely fulfilled all of my financial obligations to the District of Columbia. The court canceled the motion to revoke probation because I have repaid all of my obligations to the District including penalties,” Cho said in an email. “I don’t believe that I have anything else to say on the matter.”

But that’s not the end to Cho’s tax woes. He still owes more than $84,000 to Arlington County for unpaid meals taxes (and interest) connected to the Murky Coffee outlet in Clarendon, which closed in 2009. Cho has not paid the county anything since 2009, said Chris Sadowski, deputy treasurer for litigation in the Office of the Treasurer. Unlike the District, Arlington County has not prosecuted Cho in criminal court and cannot threaten him with jail time for not paying his taxes.

“He has not come close to paying us, but this is an interesting development” in the District, Sadowski said. “Maybe he’ll have some money to dedicate to us.”

The 9 Best Milk Frothers at a Glance

  1. Best Overall:Nespresso Aeroccino 4 Frother
  2. Best Rated:PowerLix Milk Frother
  3. Best Handheld:Aerolatte Milk Foamer
  4. Best Manual:Bodum Latteo Milk Frother
  5. Best Steam Wand:Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine
  6. Best Value:Hadineeon Milk Frother
  7. Best Splurge:Breville the Milk Cafe
  8. Best for Non-Dairy Milk:Secura 3-in-1 Milk Frother
  9. Best Style:Smeg Milk Frother

Read on for more information on each frother, then pick your favorite milky way to upgrade your cup.

Nespresso’s machines are synonymous with convenient, high-quality espresso, so it’s no surprise that the brand makes a top-notch milk frother, too. The Aeroccino 4 features a one-touch system with four selections: hot milk, cold foam, and two hot foam options for cappuccinos and lattes. It can froth 4.4 ounces of milk in just over a minute and heat two ounces in under two. Additionally, it has an automatic shutoff to keep milk from burning, and cleanup is a breeze thanks to the frother’s dishwasher-safe body.

To operate, place the whisk into the jug and fill with milk to the appropriate level. After you’ve covered with the frother’s lid, press one of the four buttons to heat or froth your milk. When the button stops blinking, your beverage is ready.

Users say they love the machine’s performance, adding that the foam quality is unparalleled. “This is an amazing little machine,” a shopper on Sur La Table wrote. “First of all, it’s super quiet. I love the four setting options, frothed cold milk, simple hot milk, latte, and cappuccino. The cappuccino foam is so luxurious, it makes a perfect microfoam for a flat white and even at the lowest milk level more than enough for one cup. I think it rivals what the barista is able to create with the steamer!”

A second added, “I have to say, it makes coffee at home pretty fantastic. We've used it to jazz up coffees, lattes and ‘golden milk’ type drinks. I think we used it 10 times on Christmas Day.”

With over 37,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, the PowerLix Milk Frother is the best-rated model we found. It’s a handheld frother, meaning you stick it directly into your cup to froth. It doesn’t have heating capabilities, but the compact and inexpensive tool is still an excellent choice if you want bubbly foam sans heat.

Capable of frothing milk in under 20 seconds, this cordless model is powered by two AA batteries so you won’t have to worry about finding an electrical outlet. Its durable stainless steel whisk is rust-proof and easy to clean — simply run the device in a glass of hot water. Shoppers say the PowerLix is incredibly versatile, easily mixing dressings, cocktails, matcha tea, and more.

“I can't believe how powerful this little thing is,” one wrote. “I bought it to help blend my morning coffee, which it does a great job of, BUT I discovered a plus this week when I needed to whip some cream and didn’t have time to get out the mixer. This little baby worked in no time!”

Created by two friends looking for a reliable, affordable way to get foamy tops on their coffee drinks, the Aerolatte is a top-notch handheld frother. The lightweight whisk whips up all types of milk — from whole and skim to almond and oat — in less than a minute with the push of a button. It’s also compact enough to fit in your kitchen drawer or pack in your suitcase to make cappuccinos while traveling. Best of all, the under-$20 tool costs a fraction of the price of a fancy espresso machine.

The Aerolatte’s stainless steel shaft and whisking head are designed to resist bending, and many users say it’s one of the most durable frothers they’ve used. “I've been using Aerolatte milk frothers for several years,” an Amazon reviewer said. “I love having lattes and cappuccinos, and this little machine gives a good approximation of the real (and super expensive) thing.”

Buy it: $18 (originally $20)

Manual frothers are straightforward and reliable, albeit a bit of a workout. You simply push a plunger up and down until the milk turns into a fluffy consistency the more vigorously you pump, the faster it foams. For those who opt for a manual experience, Bodum’s Latteo Milk Frother is a fan favorite. Its body and handle are made of tough borosilicate glass, which users say is convenient for heating in the microwave to make warm froth, and the plastic plunger has a deep rim to reduce spills while using. The tool is also dishwasher-safe, so cleanup is painless.

The mixer has a remarkable 4.6-star rating on Wayfair, with one user writing, “So impressed with the quality of the appliance itself, as well as the short amount of time it takes to make froth.”

Others praise how effortless it is to operate. “This frothed produces much better results with fat free milk than I've ever achieved using a very expensive espresso machine,” another said. “25-30 pumps, 60 seconds in the microwave and you get a froth thick enough to spoon onto your coffee.”

Buy it: $21 (originally $24)

If you’re ready to invest in a full-blown espresso machine for rich cappuccinos and smooth lattes, Breville’s Bambino Plus is a must. The user-friendly appliance is great for beginners and experts alike, delivering consistent cafe-grade espresso shots in just seconds. It’s also distinguished by its automatic steam wand, which heats and infuses milk with tiny bubbles to produce a barista-level microfoam texture. Plus, the wand automatically flushes the heating system after steaming so you don’t have to poke around the pipes to clean.

Since Breville’s Bambino Plus is much smaller than traditional espresso machines, it won’t take up too much counter space, and it’ll look nice on display thanks to the variety of color options — including sea salt and royal champagne — it comes in. “Our Bambino Plus is a fixture of daily life that we can no longer live without,” a Williams Sonoma shopper said. “The auto wand does a tremendous job of foaming milk, and the extraction is good every time.”

Electric milk frothers are a step up from handheld versions (and priced accordingly). That’s why this model from Hadineeon is a great pick — it’s less than $50 and offers many of the same features as more expensive machines. It quietly froths up to 4.4 ounces in as little as 60 seconds and has a second whisk specifically designed to heat milk to the optimal drinking temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit as it foams. The frother’s stainless steel handle and jug spout make it easy to serve yourself and others, too.

Amazon shoppers love how easy the Hadineeon Milk Frother is to operate and call it“a great deal.” One wrote, “Being the skeptic that I am, I saved the box after opening the frother, assuming that I will be returning it. Boy, was I wrong. I LOVE it! It froths and warms so quickly, and takes my coffee to another level.”

Breville’s Milk Cafe is a major upgrade for any coffee lover. It’s not only one of the biggest frothers we found (it can hold up to 3 cups of milk), but offers the most control, too. Along with two frothing disks for both lattes and cappuccinos, it’s designed with a temperature knob that begins with a cold stir and reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

While pricier than some other devices, the Milk Cafe is incredibly versatile. Users don’t just rave about the coffee-based drinks, but also the matcha lattes, hot chocolate, and cocktails they make with the device. On Bed Bath & Beyond, it has a 4.6-star rating. “My Milk Cafe always performs flawlessly” one customer said. “Easy to clean. Easy to use. I've been through at least five coffee makers in the last four years, but just this one frother.”

It can be a challenge to froth non-dairy milk into a luscious foam because it typically lacks the strong proteins that hold bubbles — yet that hasn’t stopped home baristas from trying. And Amazon shoppers swear this is the best frother for non-dairy milks ranging from almond to cashew to soy to hemp. Secura’s 3-in-1 Milk Frother makes hot and cold foams for cappuccinos and heats up milk for lattes. Its nonstick interior is easy to clean, though it also comes with a brush for handwashing.

More than 4,300 shoppers have rated the frother five stars, with many saying they use it daily. “I am non-dairy and am thrilled to have something that gives me that ‘Starbucks’ taste,” a customer described. “I use Silk Almond Milk Creamer (after trying several brands) and find that I get a thick, delicious froth for my morning tea with the Secura Electric Milk Frother.”

Smeg devotees celebrate the Italian brand for its looks — rounded silhouettes, chrome detailing, bright colors — but its appliances also have the engineering to back it up. This frother’s induction heating system rapidly warms milk to your ideal temperature and offers both light and thick foam consistencies. Choose from seven different functions, including hot chocolate, with the gadget’s backlit dial, and tuck the power cord into its built-in wrap for compact storage between uses.

Smeg offers six different colors, from pink to mint to pastel blue. Unsurprisingly, plenty of reviewers note the appliance’s attractiveness: “It is the most beautiful appliance in my kitchen,” a Verishop shopper said.

A second on Williams Sonoma added, “I love the retro look and it matches my kitchen so nicely. It also makes the most amazing froth. I've done cold and hot and both come out perfect every time. You really do get what you pay for with this, in my opinion.”

The Coffee Bar in Downtown NW

Coffee: 4 out of 5

Vibe: 3 out of 5

  • It’s small. Physically small with only a few window seats and one long table in the center. Depending on the barista, sometimes you get served ice (and I’m not talking about in your latte), especially if you ask for the Wi-Fi password (they have none).

Accessibility: 5 out of 5

  • The Coffee Bar caters to the office workers of downtown DC and their hours speak to that (they close on weekends). It’s a 5-minute walk from the Farragut North Metro and even closer to the National Geographic building.

Gram-ability: 4 out of 5

  • They have a neon sign. Once cheesy, it’s now a staple of a good gram. Another mark of a good gram is photo worthy latte art and The Coffee Bar is an expert.


Even the best roasting process is useless without premium quality beans – and at Don Pablo Coffee, ours are unmatched. We source our beans from small, authentic farms in the best coffee-growing regions in the world, and as a family-run coffee company, the personal relationships with farmers we form allows us to choose the best beans from the crop. Through years of trust and relationship-building, we can identify the best production regions, choosing only the beans that grow where conditions are perfect.

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