By: Jessica L.
Overall Experience(s): 🙂
What You Want to Know: Busy but very chill spot to relax.
There’s no free wifi there. But, you will get good data connection.
Quality of Beverages and Food: 🍴🍴🍴🍴
Although I did not consume any of the drinks and foods there, everything was freshly made. You could tell that their products were fresh just by smelling the air in the cafe.
Overall Rating: ☕️☕️☕️☕️
The coffee shop was energetic and inviting to all. The workers’ lively attitudes had made the store a nice place to relax especially for the busy neighborhood that it is located in. It was very interesting to see how most people there were either talking among their colleagues or reading. This was very shocking to see, as most coffee shops are usually teeming with busy and rushed people, focused on either a laptop or on their phones. At A Baked Joint, it was very refreshing to see people enjoying the company of others (although that was probably because it was Valentine’s Day, but in this case we will go with people actually taking pleasure in spending time with others), and not focused on technology. It was also great to see the large amount of diversity among the staff and customers and their friendliness among one another.
A Baked Joint takes an interesting approach with their coffee through their business practices and brewing. The store buys coffee from many different providers such as Mixer, Blueprint, Intelligencia, Stumptown, Mountain Air, and Peruvian. About every two weeks, A Baked Joint will receive a new shipment of coffee, usually two roasters per shipment. Although, for their cold brew coffee, they will receive about 2-3 shipments of coffee per week. With many different espressos and blends offered, they will sometimes use single origin coffee for these drinks, while still offering regular single origin coffee. A Baked Joint receives their coffee mainly from two continents: South America and Africa. These countries include Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Brazil, with the exceptions of Costa Rica and Indonesia.
A Baked Joint is very distinct among other coffee shops due to their manual methods of brewing coffee. The barista at A Baked Joint uses an espresso machine called Slayer. A Slayer allows the barista to manually control the flow rate of the coffee. A Baked Joint is one of two coffee shops in DC. to use this type of machine. This allows them to create much more flavorful coffees. This is much more exclusive and better to use than the standard La Marzocco espresso machine. A Baked Joint also uses the pour-over method of coffee making for some of their drinks. These methods of coffee making help to distinguish A Baked Joint from other coffee shops in the area.
A Baked Joint provides a unique coffee shop experience with their enthusiastic workers and unique coffee making methods. Although it does contribute to the gentrification of the area, it is a nice place to relax and to gather with others. The wide arrange of coffees and bakery goods there makes it a good place for people to relax in for the afternoon or for a pick-me-up during the day. A Baked Joint is a great shop to enjoy company with others while having very exquisite coffee.
Location: 440 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001