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.
Can’t make it to one of our twice monthly free tastings, now you can make your own tasting, any time. We offer personalized tasting flights for one to three people. You pick three of our coffees and we’ll brew them up in these miniature versions of our house carafes so that you can compare, contrast and savor them at you leisure. We are currently offering the tasting flights at an introductory price of $8. Please be aware that during high-traffic times of day, flights may take up to 15 minutes.
In our search for a good travel mug, we tested ceramic, glass, steel, double- and single-walled designs, and found that this tumbler from Grosche had the best heat retention of them all. It also has a good seal between the silicone lid and glass, and the glass itself, while not unbreakable is pretty damn tough. Sure, it lacks the complete fake-takeaway-cup look, but it will fit in your cupholder. We currently carry them in both 12 and 15 ounce sizes, $11.50 and $14 respectively. They also look great with our reusable sleeves. We also have a small supply of French presses from the same glass maker.
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 them 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.