Two of our favorite area businesses are teaming up for a free tasting this Friday. From Wardman Wine’s event page:
You don’t have to give up coffee just because it’s hot outside! Brandon stops in from our favorite coffee roaster, Zeke’s. Zeke’s roasts in small batches, focuses on single origin arabica beans, and creates custom blends. He’s bringing their cold brew, made with beans roasted in a One-Eight Distilling whiskey and talks about how to do iced coffee. Eric will show us a DIY coffee liqueur you can make and makes a few iced coffee cocktails to keep cool this summer!
Sounds great! Wardman Wines is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.
If you haven’t checked out Zeke’s, a local coffee roastery and coffee shop, their special events are a great reason to do so. We recently found out about Flight of Fancy, a tasting event they have coming up this Saturday. Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon. From an email:
On Saturday March 5th were’re hosting a “Flight of Fancy,” a journey through some of the most luxurious flavors from around the world. We are very excited to try the much sought after Panama Esmerelda Giesha Private Reserve. The tasting will also include coffee from Hawaii, Jamaica and an excellent Costa Rican microlot. The $10 ticket includes 4 six-ounce pours, so it’s great for one or to share.
We thought readers would like to know that Zeke’s just released their fall tasting and events schedule, some of which is listed below. Check out their full list and more details here. If you haven’t checked out this local gem, these events are a great reason to do so.
Coffee 101: The Roast (October 24)
A lot affects the flavor of your morning cup of coffee – from farming and processing techniques at the point of origin to roasting and brewing methods. This 45-minute tasting class focuses on the coffee roasting and includes a tasting of the same coffee at various points during the roasting process. Tickets $10.
Zeke’s 2nd Anniversary (November 7)
Can you believe it’s been two years?! Zeke’s Coffee DC opened its doors as a roastery in November 2013 and added a full coffee bar and pastries in August 2014. Thank you to EVERYONE who has supported us on Rhode Island Avenue. Come celebrate with us!
Coffee 101: The Origin (November 21)
This 45-minute tasting class focuses on the regional differences in coffee flavors and processing methods, and includes a tasting of various coffees from each of the world’s major growing regions, including the same beans processed different ways.Tickets $10.
Zeke’s Coffee of DC is located at 2300 Rhode Island Avenue NE. Their Facebook page is here and their website is here.
Readers may remember our interview last summer with Jamila Minniks, Brooklander, and owner of Potomac Pastry. We recently caught up with her again and she tells us:
we have grown so much that we are outgrowing even Union Kitchen! We are in the initial stages of finding space, and will be moving to a more individualized kitchen space in the new Union Kitchen space to accommodate our growth!
That’s not surprising. Anyone who has purchased her baked goods, sold through a number of wholesalers, at Zeke’s on Rhode Island or at the Brookland Tuesday farmers market, knows that her high quality pastries are delicious!
Now Jamila is reaching out to the community and supporters though her Kiva Zip website. (Kiva Zip is a non profit organization that enables 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs.) With the loan she will be able to buy the equipment she needs to grow, including a 60-qt stand mixer and a double stack convection oven. Her goal is to earn enough money to open a brick and mortar store and she says:
it would help us bring our little pastry shop to Brookland a little faster!
If you are interested in helping this neighborhood entrepreneur grow, consider lending to her goal here, loan amounts start as low as $5.
You can place orders for her pastries and desserts via phone, email or through her website. Keep up with Potomac Pastry though Facebook, Twitter, and their website.
We thought readers would like to know about some of the new and exciting things happening just around the corner in Woodridge on RIA.
Zeke’s Coffee DC is applying for a sidewalk cafe permit. For those of you who haven’t checked it out, Zeke’s is a small batch coffee roastery and coffee shop on Rhode Island Avenue NE.
Good Food Markets is applying for a beer/wine permit. We are excited to soon be able to purchase adult beverages along with our grocery staples.
Provost, a new restaurant, is proposed for 2129 Rhode Island Ave NE. The Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider had a lengthy post about the restaurant back in 2013, and we hadn’t heard much about it again until this meeting notice from ANC 5C 07 Commissioner Treadway. Hopefully things are back on track.
Many thanks to John from Zeke’s Coffee DC, for letting us know about the following events they will be hosting. For those of you who haven’t checked it out, Zeke’s is a small batch coffee roastery on Rhode Island Avenue NE near Brookland in Woodridge. Congrats Zeke’s! Here is what they have going on:
One Year Anniversary We will be celebrating one year on Rhode Island Avenue on Saturday, November 1. A lot has happened in the first year, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with our friends and neighbors. Come by for coffee and donuts!
Upcoming events: November 8th:Coffee Bike Crawl: Local roaster edition. Ride and get wired. November 15th, 10am-12pm: Coffee: Four ways. Taste and compare the differences in brewing methods. Tickets $10. November 29th: Single Origin Tasting. Taste and compare the impact of various coffee growing regions. December 13th: Holiday Coffee Tasting. Sample Zeke’s holiday roasts, past and present.
Zeke’s is located at 2300 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.
One of our favorite businesses on Rhode Island Avenue NE is Zeke’s Coffee of DC. If you haven’t had the chance to check out this commercial coffee roaster and cafe yet, their upcoming coffee tastings present your perfect opportunity to do so. The good folks at Zeke’s let us know about these upcoming events:
This Saturday, we’re hosting Potomac Pastry from 9am-12pm at our DC Roastery. Sample French pastries from this new Brookland-based bakery and see how they pair with coffees from various growing regions. Join us for a kouign amann and a coffee flight!
Upcoming Coffee Tastings July 12th, 9am-12pm: Coffee and French Pastry Tasting with Potomac Pastry. (Free) July 26th, 9am-12pm: Iced Coffee Tasting. Compare different roasts and brewing methods. (Tickets $10) August, details TBA: Coffee and Ice Cream Tasting with Ice Cream Jubilee. (Free) August 30th, 9am-12pm: Coffee and Greek Pastry Tasting with Baklava Couture. (Free)
Follow Zeke’s at Facebookand on Twitter. Zeke’s Coffee of DC is located at 2300 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
One of the newer businesses to set up shop on Rhode Island Avenue NE is Zeke’s Coffee of DC. If you haven’t had the chance to check out this commercial coffee roaster and cafe yet, today presents your perfect opportunity to do so. Check out this exciting event – here is the press release:
Coffee Pairing with Baklava Couture Saturday, March 29th, 9am-12pm at Zeke’s Coffee of DC – 2300 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
At Zeke’s, we think all of our coffees pair well with sweets. But which goes best with a specific baked good or dessert? A fruity Ethiopian? An earthy Sumatra? This Saturday, we’re hosting a coffee pairing with Baklava Couture, a local bakery that will be taking over our pastry case from 9am to 12pm.
The Greek bakery, which is a regular at Dupont and other local farmers markets, will be showcasing some of their baklava flavors including; classic Greek walnut cinnamon, hazelnut espresso and chocolate, plus honey semolina cake and cookies. Zeke’s will provide various coffee pairings to compliment the sweet treats. Join us for some samples and learn which varietals go best with your favorite desserts.
Springtime at the Roastery
Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind, but the ice machine is on and the iced coffee is flowing. Of course you can still grab a hot cup, pour over, French press or any one of our 30 varietals by the bag.Our permit for outdoor tables is “in process,” but if you bring camp chairs, we won’t kick you out…