One essential part of being a roving foodie is finding good coffee wherever the wind takes you. On the way to the very cool Eastern Market in D.C. the other day I saw Peregrine Espresso in the corner of my eye and I could tell it was going to be good from the outside.
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC 20003
My benchmark? The cappucino.
It has to be the perfect temperature so it doesn't burn your tongue, have the right bitterness/creamy ratio, and if it has some flair in the presentation, all the better. Peregrine's was up there with the best (Blue Bottle, Stable Coffee and Piccino in SF, Albina Press in Portland).
They also are into inventive concoctions like the PYT (think Michael Jackson) shown here. It's a shot of cold espresso with lemon syrup and a side of cherry flavored whipped cream. If you're in DC and you are an eater, make it a point to check it out.