America's Coolest Coffeehouses

Courtesy of Busboys and Poets

Find out what’s brewing at these coffeehouses with friendly baristas, fancy espresso machines, and plenty of local flavor.

Busboys and Poets: Washington,D.C.

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Opened in 2005, Busboys and Poets was named after the poet Langston Hughes, who first worked as a…well, you’ll figure it out. The 14th Street coffeehouse is basically of a federation of cool spaces—a bookstore, a gallery, and a poet’s zone with a large table for congregating and socializing, plus couches with plenty of outlets. Expect a diverse, hipsterish crowd amid a mild if persistent thrum of lefty angst.

Local Knowledge: The delicious coffee offerings include Café Medici, a double espresso with chocolate topped by a fragrant orange peel. —Wayne Curtis

America's Coolest Coffeehouses

Busboys and Poets: Washington,D.C.

Opened in 2005, Busboys and Poets was named after the poet Langston Hughes, who first worked as a…well, you’ll figure it out. The 14th Street coffeehouse is basically of a federation of cool spaces—a bookstore, a gallery, and a poet’s zone with a large table for congregating and socializing, plus couches with plenty of outlets. Expect a diverse, hipsterish crowd amid a mild if persistent thrum of lefty angst.

Local Knowledge: The delicious coffee offerings include Café Medici, a double espresso with chocolate topped by a fragrant orange peel. —Wayne Curtis

Courtesy of Busboys and Poets
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