Capitol coffee culture has something for everyone. If you don’t want to
leave the building, there’s Gary’s place in the Capitol basement. For
convenience, there’s La Bou, Chicory or Jump Start, depending on which side
of the Capitol you fancy. For people watching on K St, there’s Ambrosia. And
for familiarity, you’re never too far from a Starbucks.
But for those willing to venture the extra block or so, downtown now has a
true coffee house. Temple, located in the old Levinson’s Book Store on 10th
St. between J and K, offers a bona fide downtown hangout, and one quality
cup of coffee.
If you’re looking for a place to grab a sandwich and an iced latte, Temple
is not your spot. (Temple serves a few pastries, but does not offer any
other food.) But if you want a true, quality cup of coffee made by trained
baristas, or want to hang out in a comfy leather chair while thumbing
through Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Temple may just be for
Temple is the brainchild of Sean Kohmescher, who opened the coffee house
last November. Temple is Kohmescher’s second caf