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Great Coffee Shop Hunt: Jacob’s Coffeehouse

October 26, 2011

As promised, I’m breaking out of Northwest DC and looking for great coffee shops in new neighborhoods. One benefit? Not only am I seeing what different neighborhoods are like, I’m also discovering great potential future places to live.

One neighborhood I’ve always loved is Capitol Hill — tree-lined streets, brick rowhouses, a small town feel in the middle of the city — but this was my first time visiting Jacob’s Coffeehouse at D Street & 8th Street NE.

Reader Sarah lives near Jacob’s and recommended it recently in the comments, so I decided to stop by when I had a day off and planned to be in the neighborhood.

The cafe menu is pretty standard — hot and iced coffee & tea, plus breakfast and lunch sandwiches — but a long list of smoothies and frappuccinos in unique flavors was a welcome twist. I considered a blended mocha before reverting to my standard cafe au lait.

Bonus points for patio seating!

Minus points for a paper cup!

I didn’t see anyone drinking from ceramic mugs; normally I make a point to ask for one if they are available but in this case, it seemed like a no-go. (Correct me if I’m wrong, please!)

I loved the neighborhood vibe at Jacob’s Coffeehouse. It was pleasantly busy but not packed, with most people settled in with laptops to take advantage of the free WiFi. The owners/employees were nice — and Korean! — and the entire establishment had a true family-owned feel.

Adding to that ‘family’ feeling? Graffiti on the outside wall for ‘Vanessa + Grandma.’

What do we think? Is ‘Grandma’ a nickname, or did someone actually a building to commemorate his/her grandmother? Inquiring minds want to know!

I think next week’s great coffee shop will also be in Capitol Hill. What can I say? The neighborhood is a heart-stealer!

How long have you lived in your current neighborhood?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    October 27, 2011 10:09 am

    I recommended Jacob’s to you without letting you know what I think of it for a reason-people have different tastes! I am glad you like it. I, however, did not like my pumpkin spice latte at all. Even though this is the closest coffee shop to my apartment, I go elsewhere, like the Pound or Ebenezer’s 🙂

    • October 27, 2011 10:46 am

      Thanks for the unbiased recc. I liked my cafe au lait but those are harder to mess up than a more complicated drink. However, adore Pound and (secret — haha) Ebenezeer’s is my cafe for next week. One word: LOVE.


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