Family-owned java joint with the slickness and amenities of your favorite coffee shop to work remotely at with “carefully sourced ingredients.” Just opened inside Vortex (cycling studio) at Tyson’s Square, the cafe has some rough edges to smooth over.
As it’s tough to judge a locale so new, I will be returning. They are interesting enough that I want to watch them grow, evolve and improve. Update to come at a later date …
Post Coffee is a cozy, very small space that was opened two months ago by Melvin Enderes, co-owner, and a first generation NOVA native. Remote workers will certainly appreciate this open-all-day place, which reminds me of other cafes in D.C. You can spend the whole day at one, work, hang out, and eat good food. It’s easy to find cafes with good coffee, it’s hard to find cafes with all the necessities of a remote work location, good food, great ambiance, electrical outlets, free filtered water, and clean bathrooms.
Inspired by Maketto in D.C., while integrating the different dynamics of the neighborhood crowd into the design, I am happy with what Melvin did with the place. Enter and spot a cycling place called Vortex (which I have yet to try out) adjacent to the coffee area that opens to a balcony with outside seating. While it’s not scenic by any stretch of the imagination, considering Post Coffee just opened, I’m confident that they will be the best choice for those who don’t want to make the trek to DC to get a decent coffee or a great space to work.
I’d advise they pay closer attention to pricing. I can’t justify them charging $5 for coffee, or $5 for matcha considering they aren’t, from my knowledge, sourcing organically (which Starbucks fails at as well). However, when an S-Bucks Blonde Roast is $1.95, Post is charging a premium, so they need to show me why instead of putting up a big, vague board reading “coffee.” I am not saying they need to reduce prices, or that their ambiance needs more work; they just need to share more information concerning the justification of the price point of their quality “carefully sourced” ingredients. I need to be convinced that there is value in paying a premium, and right now, there is not one.
Melvin really cares about the quality of his coffee and is happy to share where beans are sourced and the specificities in preparing them. The pour-over takes away a lot of the acidity, and because they don’t do dark roast, the coffee is actually much healthier for you. Side note: Scientists have found that lighter roasts have higher amounts of antioxidants and no significant difference in the amount of caffeine relative to each other. However, they definitely need to do a better job highlighting what is special about it–and spotlighting the fact that they do the sourcing, along with Coronation Coffee. I need better communication about these key things.
‘All the Feels’ Score
Good aesthetic, without trying too hard. If they really wanted Instagramers flocking, the tables would have been white-topped but theirs are black iron (read: not aesthetic). However, the huge oil painting with vibrant colors can be the perfect backdrop to many shots.
I visited on a Monday morning at 11, a prime time for remote workers. There was one person there when I arrived, but I could tell that this place wouldn’t remain a secret for long. It has all the hallmarks of a “favorite” working cafe: free WiFi, quiet space, free parking, free filtered water, outside seating starting in the spring, clean unisex bathroom, healthy food options (and many more just a few feet away in the mall), smoothies, good lighting, and it’s not too crowded (for now) as the location is subtly discrete. I have to knock them to an “OK” for feels, as there are currently solely two outlets in the whole place (more coming in March, according to the manager).
To sip: Locally sourced Coronation Coffee, as mentioned above. They weigh the coffee and boast traditional recipes, such as macchiatos you would get at an Italian trattoria. The pour-overs are great, not acidic. However, it takes a few minutes to prepare them, so it’s not the thing to order if you have a meeting in five minutes. For latte lovers, you can choose eco-conscious oat milk instead of almond (which actually wastes a lot of water, considering the drought in California). I also tried their Iron Goddess oolong tea, produced by Mem tea, which claims to be carefully sourced, but not organic. They also have a plethora of fresh smoothies by the cycling club.
To snack on: Nothing organic, only “natural.” Again, I’d grant them a higher rating if there was improvement here. But the star of the menu is B. Doughnuts. These Portgeouse filled pastries are the capital’s interpretation of Hawaii’s malasadas. Many come savory and stuffed with cream cheese, so they’re like a bagel, but glorified. But at 200 calories a pop, while they’re soooo good, you better pace yourself. Technically, you could fast the whole day, have only five, and you’ll still gain weight. A big no for the dieters!
I tried to restrain my nibbles, but tried different flavors. I was reminiscent of the Donut Plant “buttons” I used to get in Chelsea, New York City (these little bites of heaven were the first time I ever had flavorful filled doughnuts with character). They were the closest I’d come to malasadas.
In summary, I highly recommend anything from B.’s with filling. By far my favorite sweet version was the Vanilla Bean stuffed with housemade vanilla bean pastry cream (seemingly full of silky creme brûlée), tart and refreshing lemon curd. My least favorite, however, was the Homer, which is hand-dipped, glazed with pink icing, and topped with sprinkles. No filling in sight.