Congratulations to my friend, Rasheed Jabr, owner of Filter Coffeehouse in Washington, DC. Although his business has only been open for one year, the editors of Washington City Paper recently chose Filter as “Best Coffeehouse in DC”. And it is. Your correspondent often writes there.
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If you build it, they will come. But only if one can get something that’s much better. Rasheed has achieved his success the old fashioned way: hard work, a superior product and great service (with a shout-out to Tim, the manager and barista extraordinaire). What speaks volumes about the quality of his coffee (and tea) is Rasheed doesn’t advertise and Filter is hard to find. It’s on 1726 20th Street, NW which is the block of 20th between ‘T’ and ‘R’ Street. It is in the basement of a townhouse and has a tangerine colored door.
For my readers in Australia and New Zealand, Filter makes a “flat white” so good that the coffeehouse has been rated “three beans” on a three bean scale by the Melbourne Coffee Review, an Australian guide to the world’s best coffeehouses.
Way to go, Rasheed!