Name: Ebenezers Coffee House
Location: 201 F Street NE Washington, D.C.
Closest Metro Stop: Union Station (it’s practically right next door!)
Vibe: As soon as you turn the corner of F and spot it, Ebenezers is instantly charming. I came on a day that was absolutely beautiful, so there were tons of people sitting outside and enjoying the warmth which only added to the sunniness of this little shop. When you walk in, you feel transported to a different time. The floors are this cool tile and the walls are all brick. Not to mention the fact that there’s this awesome 2nd and F street sign inside.
Wifi: Yep! It’s under Ebenezers and you just have to ask for the wifi code and then you’re in!
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7AM-9PM, Friday 7AM-10PM, Saturday 8AM-9PM, Sunday 8AM-8PM
Coffee & Food: I was supremely underwhelmed with their coffee. At this point in my quest to find the best coffee shops, I have learned that fancy coffee art isn’t always indicative of how it’s gonna taste. So when I saw the mess of a drink this was, I still had hope. But then I tasted it and it tastes like the $2 mocha I have mistakenly bought too many times at the University that I go to. It’s hard to describe the odd taste, but let’s just say, it wasn’t good. The macaroon however was scrumptious. I got to Ebenezers at around 11AM, so almost all of the food was gone, so I took a gamble on this and it paid off. Coconut-y chocolate-y goodness!
Music: Odd. Remember how earlier I said you feel transported to a different time? Well, as for the music, they featured mainly 60s music and I was really not into it.
Pricing: It was $6.60 for the mocha and macaroon, so significantly less expensive than most of the other shops I have visited. However, in this case, I would have rather paid $9 for a superb mocha and more substantial pastry.
Seating: There’s tons and tons of seating. Inside, outside, downstairs. It’s one of those places though where people like to be spread out, so even though there’s a lot of seating there are a few bigger tables that tend to be dominated by one or two people because people these days don’t like to get close to each other. Another thing is that even though there was a lot of seating, I found it difficult to find seating that I actually liked. I know that’s a personal preference and I’m picky, but I figured it was worth mentioning.
Overall: I liked the vibe and how you feel like you’re in your own little coffee world with strangers, but it’s by no means my favorite coffee shop I’ve visited. I really adore the surrounding area and it’s placed on a super cute street, but I think for the taste of the coffee and my issue with the seating, I probably won’t come back. But I think it’s definitely worth checking out because the people in there seemed to be regulars, the cop I asked for directions from told me it was the perfect day to go to Ebenezers and I had a friend recommend it to me because she loves it!
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