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Blend Coffee Bar

When I was in college, I practically lived in the many coffee shops that were within walking distance of my dorm.  I quickly figured out which ones had the most seating, the best eats, and the most electrical outlets.  My standards for coffee shops are impossibly high, and it’s rare that a coffee shop even comes close to meeting those standards.  Blend Coffee Bar is one of the few places that checks all the boxes.  

To start off, the physical space invites you to sit and stay awhile.  Aside from the fact that it’s beautifully designed, there are creative and comfortable seating arrangements, board games, toys for young kids, and a large outdoor patio (with a fence).  It is truly a community space and does much more than your average coffee shop.  If you’re looking for things to do in Ashburn, they host live music each week (usually on Fridays), Food Truck Friday events during the warmer months, trivia nights every two weeks, the occasional yoga class, and much more.  Check out their calendar of events here.  

Blend offers a variety of baked goods (including gluten free treats that don’t fall apart) an assortment of warm breakfast items, desserts, wine and beer, and of course, coffee.  Their coffee is locally roasted and many of the baristas can describe in great detail the differences between the options.  If you’re looking for a place to study, a meeting spot for a client, or even a cozy space to host a party, Blend is a great option!  

https://www.blendcoffeebar.com/

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Peet’s Coffee

Peet’s Coffee is a chain based out of San Francisco that has several locations in Northern Virginia with 2 locations in Ashburn. Unlike other major chains, this company has maintained their seriousness about coffee (in my opinion). I’ve become quite a connoisseur of coffee especially since I drink it black. Peet’s has never let me down with the quality of their coffee and most of their baristas can talk serious coffee with you.

My favorite location is the one at Brambleton Town Center. It is smaller with limited tables but has the feel of a local coffee shop. The drive-thru is convenient on days when its cold and you don’t want to walk in. I personally like to walk in when I can since the baristas greet me by name and always seem to remember what I want. At the recommendation of one of the baristas, I’ve also started to buy the Ethiopian Super Natural beans from Peet’s to make at home. This is the smoothest and most delicious coffee I’ve had recently. However, it is only available for a limited time every year so get your beans while you can.

 

19800 Belmont Chase Dr
Ashburn, VA 20147

 

42385 Ryan Rd
Ashburn, VA 20148