Press Clippings

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

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


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