Colada Shop (14th St)

T and I have been wanting to stop by Colada for quite a while. Last week after work we spontaneously decided to stop in and grab something. To be honest, we weren’t exactly sure what their “thing” was we loved the outdoor seating and can’t resist anything brightly colored.

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We wanted a snack and a drink but weren’t exactly sure what to get. The menu has a lot of great drink options, especially coffee and alcohol. For being a relatively small place, they have a lot to offer in terms of food and beverages. We split three the empanadas which were actually really delicious. I went with a berry hibiscus tea while T got a cold brew with espresso and a shot of coconut.

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One thing that really stood out to me (T, here!) is the customer service. Although E was able to get her berry hibiscus tea, and our empanadas, easily, my cold brew was not so simple. When our barista went to pour my coconut-infused cold brew, he noticed it was out. He offered me two options: I could either wait upwards of a half hour for the coffee (ugh!), or I could add a few shots of espresso at no extra cost to the about half-full cup of cold brew I had. I opted for that and was pleased with the light and airy taste of the coconut, as well as full-bodied and rich tasting coffee. Not to mention, I was really happy with the customer service! At a small, super busy place baristas can be easily overwhelmed, so the fact that he took the time with me to trouble shoot and come up with a great no-extra-cost-added solution really meant a lot to me.

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After T got her coffee, we sat by the garage door window and enjoyed the sunset. I would definitely recommend it for a coffee date with a friend or a weekend hangout if you’re looking to have a low-key drink outside.

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The staff was super nice and friendly. There is never a shortage of great DC coffee shops or places to meet up with friends!

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