M.E. Swing Co. Coffee

September 2, 2010

M.E. Swing Co. is a historic, as well as oh-so-adorable, coffee shop located in the heart of D.C.’s downtown business district. It’s been around for ages, but I hadn’t stopped in until recently and I was quite impressed. The moment you step inside, you can feel right away that this coffee shop is like none other. It’s like walking back in time, to the early 1900s. Almost every detail- from the mahogany coffee bar, to the old-timey coffee machines, to the space, lighting, price, and even the service- feels vintage. It’s basically the antithesis of Starbux (over-priced drinks, smell of burnt coffee in the air, hipster/indie rock playing in the background). I’ve only visited M.E. Swing Co. once, briefly, but I really got the sense that the owners really care about this place. It’s well-worn, but well-loved. M.E. Swing Co. has been brewing up since 1916. You can read more about the company story here.

If you’re in the area, I highly recommend stopping by M.E. Swing Co. for a coffee, tea, latte, or simply to see what all the fuss is about. You won’t be disappointed. The service is friendly, the atmosphere inviting, the cookies enormous, the brew delicious, and the price just right.


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