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Where to Find Our Coffee

Because we are a retail coffee roaster (the only way we can be sure you get our beans at peak freshness), you will never find our bags on the shelves at a grocery store. However, there are still several venues where you can find it.

Our storefront at 3917 Georgia Ave in Petworth, just a couple blocks north of the green line metro stop, is open 365 days a year. You will find us there, roasting every one of those days but December 25.

If that isn’t convenient for you, we participate in a number of weekly farmers markets in and around DC. We bring out our wide selection of beans, all roasted within 24 hours and can often be found brewing coffee on site (for maximum freshness, of course).

Last, but not least, we have launched a mail order web site where you can find a list of all our current offerings and get delivery right to your door. This is a great option if you can’t make it to one of our other outlets, have moved out of the area or want to send someone the gift of fresh coffee.

 

Working for Qualia

It’s pretty simple, really. Send an email to qualiacoffee@gmail.com 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.

All the News That Fits

Over our eight year history (yes, it really has been eight years), Qualia has received its share of ink. Here is a selection of news and feature coverage.

DC Inno: District of Coffee: DC Innovators Have Brewed a Craft Coffee Paradise

TRAVELMAG: LIKE A LOCAL: THE BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN WASHINGTON DC

Fresh Cup Magazine: Coffee in Flight

Slate’s ‘Working’ Podcast Featuring the RoastMonkey

Running a coffee shop sounds pretty straightforward, right? Wrong. In the first episode of this season of Working, Slate’s Rachel E. Gross talks with Joel Finkelstein, owner of Qualia Coffee in Washington. Finkelstein talks about his transition from home brewer to local business owner, how little his customers know about where their coffee comes from, and why maybe that’s OK. Then, he takes us behind the scenes of the roasting process and shares his conversion from caffeine-injecting health care journalist to single-origin coffee connoisseur.