Don’t worry – we’re going to do a full review on this D.C. dessert staple (I mean, who DOESN’T want an excuse to eat cupcakes, or, in B&W words…cakecups) but we wanted to give a special shout out to Baked and Wired’s coffee bar.
When you walk in the front door, your eyes are immediately drawn to the delectable display of baked goods to your left, but if you turn to your right you’re in for an even sweeter surprise. And, want a pro-tip? Sometimes Baked and Wired looks crazy busy, but the coffee bar usually isn’t. Even if it seems a little long as long as you veer to the right towards the coffee bar you shouldn’t have to wait in the line for baked goods.
Anyway, onto the good stuff – the coffee! While their hot coffee is yummy, I’ve fallen deeply, madly, truly in love with their iced coffees. They’re strong without being bitter, caffeine-loaded without making you jittery, and pretty darn big. They come in two sizes: small and big, and really, what other sizes do you really need?
They also are very free-wheeling with their almond and soy options, letting you pour your own amount in, instead of pre-mixing it in for you like many other coffee bars. Additionally, their syrups are beyond anything you’ve ever had – their vanilla, in particular, is outstanding.
And the best part? They have a coffee TAP. Yes, like beer…but instead of beer, it’s cold delicious coffee. Because it is with a tap, it usually means the line is quick and there is very little wait time.
The only downside is it is very, very small and narrow. If you want to add milk, sugar, and mix your coffee – you better do it quickly, because there isn’t enough time before the next person is right on top of you. But, hey, if the worst thing you can say about a coffee shop is that it is crowded, that’s not so bad, eh?