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Qualia Coffee is a full-service coffee shop that also serves as the home of Fresh Off the Roast, a small-batch coffee roasting company dedicated to sourcing recently harvested beans from around the world. We strive to provide as much information as possible about where the beans come from and what you can expect them to taste like. Our coffee is also available through select farmers markets. We sell all our beans directly to customers so that we can ensure you get them at the peak of freshness.

Working for Qualia

It’s pretty simple, really. Send an email to with responses to a few very basic questions:

  1. Why do you want to work in coffee? Why Qualia?
  2. Do you have any direct experience working as a barista? It’s okay if you don’t, but if you think any past work experiences would influence how you would work here, let us know about them.
  3. What kind of hours are you looking to work?
  4. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

It’s honestly that simple. If we like how you responded, we’ll contact you to set up an interview, and if you seem like you’re not only interested in learning more about coffee, but a good fit with the rest of the Qualia family, you’re in. If you really, really, really want to send us your resume, you may. Just please don’t drop it off at the shop. It will get hot coffee on it and become illegible.

Announcing Qualia Reserve-Limited Edition Coffee Offerings

At Qualia, we pride ourselves on offering top quality beans from around the world at a reasonable price. Our goal is to bring our customers the best coffee we can find, for which growers are paid a livable wage, but that don’t break the bank.

However, every so often, we come across a bean that, while much pricier than our usual fare, is just too rare and precious to pass up. These coffees are often available in limited quantities, so we are launching this exclusive line on a pre-order only basis. We will also have each of the coffees available by-the-cup on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to be informed as these special offerings become available, you can sign up for our Qualia Reserve mailing list here.


We Offer a Surprising Array of Cold Drinks That Aren’t Iced Coffee

Summer appears to be here to stay and so we have rolled out a long list of heat-busting drinks in addition to multiple iced coffee options.

Black Tea
Green Tea
Lemon Verbena Tea
Mint Tea

Rosemary Limeade
Ginger Lemonade
Hibiscus Ginger Lemonade

Soy Chai

All of these are made from scratch (we don’t do mixes) and subject to availability.

Are We the Best Coffee Shop in DC?

Maybe, maybe not. We think it is fair to argue we have the best coffee in DC, but that does not necessarily make us the best coffee shop. People look for many different things in a coffee shop, some don’t even come for the coffee. We are happy to be consistently counted among our friends in the coffee community moving the ball forward on quality and helping to improve the lives of the coffee growers we all support. It seems unlikely that Qualia will ever win a readers poll. Our location counts against us as does the fact that we have one storefront. In the grand scheme of things, few people have experienced Qualia. That said, it is immensely gratifying that in 2012 and 2013, The Washington City Paper recognized us in their Best of DC issues for the excellence we strive everyday to achieve.

Best of DC 2012

Best of DC 2013