Twice Monthly Coffee Tastings

Coffee Tasting Flite

We offer public coffee tastings the second and fourth Sunday of every month. These tastings are an opportunity to try three different single-origin coffees side-by-side while learning about where each of the coffees come from and what makes each unique. At Qualia, we believe that a focus on brewed coffee is the best way to highlight the wide variety of flavors that coffee naturally exhibits. Our tastings are a great way to build your experience with different coffees and to ask questions about our coffee, the roasting process or anything else coffee related you might be curious  The tastings start promptly at 2:00 and end just as promptly at 2:30. They are held in the roasting room at the back of the shop and they are free.

Come on in

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.

Coffee As Produce

Fresh Off the Roast was born at a farmers market and these weekly produce pop-ups are still the only place to find our coffee beans outside the storefront. Our dedication to freshness dictates that we sell all our beans within three days of roasting. So you will never find them on the shelves in grocery stores where beans can languish for days, weeks or even months.

Unfortunately, many farmers markets in DC do not admit coffee vendors. There is even a WaPo article about it: Purist Farmers Markets Shun Coffee Vendors. (This situation could change if customers demand it. We have politely asked many, many times, to no avail.)

That said, Fresh Off the Roast beans are currently available at the following DC-area farmers markets:

American University Farmers Market (Wednesdays 11am to 4pm)

Arlington Farmers Market (Saturdays 8am to noon)

Columbia Heights Community Marketplace (Saturdays 9am to 1pm and Wednesdays 4 to 7:30pm)

The Farmers Market at Maryland (Available from partners Girardot’s Crumbs)

We are current looking for other markets to attend. We provide both beans for use at home as well as brewed coffee for on-site consumption. Please email us at for more information.

Women-Produced Coffee Burlap Handbags

Gold Mountain Bag

We now have handbags and carryalls made by women in Nicaragua. The bags are made from the jute sacks that are used to transport green coffee from origin to the U.S. and bare the logo of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers.

As a social enterprise, Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, LLC conducts social projects in order to empower coffee producers, their families and their communities. 100% of the profits from the sale of these bags are used to fund social projects in coffee producing communities. These projects include free computing classes, scholarships. medical assistance, micro-loans to female coffee producers during the off season and small libraries for rural schools.

We are selling the bags in several styles for $25. The bags are handmade, so each one is unique.