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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


Fresh Cup Magazine: Coffee in Flight

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.


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.

WaPo Has Covered Us a Few Times

Why you’ll now be able to buy freshly brewed coffee at the Dupont FreshFarm Market

Hand-pour coffees now available by robot at Qualia

District Beans delivers local roasted coffee to your door

Where to drink free coffee on National Coffee Day, and really excellent coffee anytime

How to decode D.C.’s coffee roasters

Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market experiments with fundraising coffee pop-ups

Coffee-brewing tips to help you make a better cup at home

Qualia launches reserve line with rare Yemen coffee

Qualia Coffee celebrates its fourth anniversary with a Geisha

Learn to roast coffee like a pro at Qualia Coffee in Petworth