Sidamo Coffee and Tea, located on H Street NE, is an Ethiopian coffee shop serving in-house roasted coffee, gourmet teas, breakfast, and lunch. Owner Kenfe Bellay believes that coffee is more than just a caffeinated pick-me-up, but that it is a central part of life in the community. Locals recommend ordering a single-origin espresso or one of their indulgent caramel lattes. Pair your drink with a savory breakfast sandwich or their popular Veggie Sandwich, which is loaded with robust lentils, tomato, avocado, pesto sauce, and greens on fresh ciabatta bread.
Named after a region in Ethiopia known for its coffee, Sidamo presents the traditional coffee ceremony every Sunday at 2 p.m. An employee roasts beans, grinds them, and brews coffee in a traditional pot before pouring it into small cups for customers to sample. Stop by on weekday mornings before heading into the office when everything on the menu is 10% off until 3 p.m.