Pick-Your-Own Tasting Flights

Just moments after being born, this baby carafe can already keep coffee hot for hours.

Just moments after birth, this baby carafe can already keep coffee hot for hours.

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.

Glass Tumblers

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.

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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.

Coffee As Produce

Qualia Coffee 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.

We get to as many local farmers markets and outdoor events as we can, always brew coffee on site for optimum freshness and sell beans within 24 hours of roasting. These are the markets where you can find us every week:

Arlington Farmers Market All year round
Saturday 8am to noon (winter market starts at 9am)

Columbia Heights Community Marketplace runs April 16 through December 10, 2016
Saturday 9am to 1pm

Shaw Farmers Market at Old City Farm & Guild runs May 8 through October 30, 2016.
Sunday 10am to 2pm

by the White House Farmers Market runs April 7 through November 17, 2016
Thursday 11am to 2pm

We are always 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.