The Ten: Joltingly Fantastic Iced Coffees

Photo courtesy of Nevin Martell

Photo courtesy of Nevin Martell

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

As temperatures soar and our energy lags, we find ourselves in desperate need of a pick-me-up. Nothing works better on a hot day than a cold iced coffee. Here are our favorite ten in the area.

Growl Cold Brew Coffee
Handmade in D.C., this cold brew is steeped for 16 hours to give it a serious punch. Each bottle contains enough concentrate to make four glasses of iced coffee, once you’ve diluted it with milk and/or water. Sugar optional.

We imagine that Mike Isabella drank more than a few Wake Up Calls while getting his new Greek eatery open and simultaneously overseeing his two other restaurants. Freshly-pulled espresso is poured over ice with honey and angostura bitters. Fricking awesome.

Cold brewed daily, this iced Ceremony coffee has the power to get us going in the morning, midday or late afternoon. Two thumbs way up.

You won’t see the Shakerato on the menu, but you can still order one at this Petworth coffee shop. Espresso and sugar are blended with an electric frother until it cools down and a foamy head forms. Electrifyingly delicious.

Baked & Wired
This strong iced coffee is guaranteed to get you wired. Bonus: sometimes you can pick up stubby bottles of Stumptown cold brew here. Double bonus: they sell donut muffins on Tuesdays.

The Wydown Coffee Bar
This pop-up coffee shop on U Street uses a rotating cast of beans for their iced coffees. Recently, they showcased Intelligentsia’s Flecha Roja from Costa Rica.

Northside Social
When we’re in the mood for a sweet jolt, we opt for their iced caramel latte. For a further sugar rush, we pick up one of their salt and pepper butterscotch pecan cookies.

Sidamo Coffee and Tea
With a rich chocolatey start and an earthy, nutty finish, the Iced Ja Mocha is worth a hike over to the Atlas District. This espresso-infused delight comes dusted with their special Ja Mocha powder, which adds a decadent flair.

Pho 75
Equally strong and sweet, this Vietnamese iced coffee always hits the spot. The thick layer of condensed milk makes this both decadent and divine.

Pitango Gelato
You don’t expect to get your daily grind at a gelateria, but you should. Using Counter Culture coffee, the staff cold brews with a futuristic looking glass Chemex.


Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @nevinmartell.


  • bymags

    GRAPE + BEAN and Killer ESP in Alexandria!
    Killer ESP makes Cold Brew out of Stumptown beans, and it’s rich and a little spicy.
    GRAPE + BEAN selects one of their seasonal beans for iced coffee brewed with the Japanese Method (hot, strong, over ice), or brews to-order in the Trifecta machine with whichever beans capture your fancy.