SIDAMO COFFEE & TEA

Monday, February 17, 2014






Hi Jasmine. (:




I was looking forward to trying out that Ethiopian Fair Trade coffee, but alas, maybe next time. I'm trying to budget better in terms of food and drink related expenditures, and guess who was successful that day? This gurl. Right here. Major shoutout to my sister and her fiance for the camera lens mug too - now I can bring my own coffee to coffeehouses in shameless style. 

I would probably also write more, but it's the last day of our extended weekend, my eyes are numb from looking at a computer screen for too long, and I have 8 am Financial Accounting tomorrow for which I have not finished my assignments. Thus, my mind is too fried to think of witty captions and commentaries, so enjoy the pictures (and Joone attempting to get in on that last one...). 

And on a final note, you can really never go wrong with a croissant breakfast sandwich.

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What more is there to say?

Eclectic yet quaint decor, the homeyness of a family-run business, a slightly out-of-the-way location, and fair trade Ethiopian coffee - Sidamo is the ultimate setting of a hipster city-goer's dream.

I think what makes them unique is really all the little things they do - you can browse a selection of multiethnic beans and then grind them yourself and you're free to pick up a copy of the Washington city paper to browse through during the wait in line. The pastries and croissant sandwiches are tasty, and their coffee has a solid, memorable depth to the flavor.

Also just a couple pro tips:
If you're not getting your coffee to go, be sure to tell them so you can sip your coffee in a cool mug as you sit instead of a wimpy paper to go cup.

Apparently the bathrooms are specified by gender according to the sketch portraits hanging on the doors (oh look, yet another one of Sidamo's quirks). Not that I went to the wrong one or anything (That would also explain the weird look the cashier gave me as I walked out...), but yunno, just something to keep in mind.

Bottom line: A- (B including transportation + location)
It was a nice first experience, but not worth the hour long public transportation and walk it took to get there. But hey, if you're in the area, it's definitely a unique little place to drop by.

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