Like many people these days, I need a cup of caffeine to get me going in the morning. Most mornings I’m a tea person, but every once in a while, I need a cup of coffee. Luckily for me, M.E. Swing is just a short two blocks away from my office.
M.E. Swing is a local D.C. coffeehouse that has been serving coffee since 1916. They not only grind the beans fresh, but they also roast them, so the coffee is just about the best there is in the city—and you can’t beat the prices either. While you can get a latte or espresso or macchiato at Swing’s, the best cup is actually their simple drip coffee, especially the house blends. There really is no better way to savor the flavor and aroma of the freshly roasted and ground beans. Trust me on that, and save the fancy coffee concoctions for another place.
In 1994, Swing’s moved to its present location and they brought along a lot of the interior fixtures from their original building on E St. The moment you step inside, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time with antique wooden coffee bins and high round tables with chrome plated stools for customers to sit on.
Swing’s is located right across 17th St. from the Old Executive Office Building which sits right next door to the White House. If you’re in the area and need a cup of joe, walk past Starbucks and head to Swing’s. There is no WiFi here so leave the laptop behind!
(It's close to the following metro stops: Farragut North on the Red line, and Farragut West on the Orange line.)