The Japanese Iced Method
For iced pour-over coffee, the baristas at Pitango Gelato use a Chemex beaker, a tool that looks straight out of a science lab. The meticulous process of brewing coffee over ice via the Chemex is repeated every four hours for iced coffee that's bright, mellow, and totally refreshing. P.S. If you can't decide between coffee or gelato, Pitango's affogato combines the best of both worlds, with a shot of espresso accompanied by a scoop of any gelato your heart desires.
Pitango Gelato, 660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, 202-701-6222; 413 7th Street NW, 202-885-9607; 1451 P Street NW, 202-332-8877; 11942 Democracy Drive, Reston, 703-606-9906.
The iced coffee at Peregrine is brewed double-strong over ice in big batches, but you can also get decaffeinated coffee or by-the-cup micro brews brewed over ice.
Peregrine Espresso, 1309 5th Street NE; 660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, 202-629-4381; 1718 14th Street NW, 202-525-5127; Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE.
The Wydown Coffee Bar, 1320 U Street NW; 202-506-2756.
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Cold Brew Iced Coffee
D.C.-based startup Growl Cold Brew Coffee wants to stock your fridge with everything you need to make your own iced lattes and cortados. Made with Annapolis' own Ceremony Coffee Roasters beans, Growl's coffee steeps in cold water for 16 hours, is filtered sparingly, and then bottled. Find the 16-ounce bottles of coffee concentrate online or at locations including Union Market's Salt & Sundry, Smuckers Farm Market, or at the company's booth at the monthly DC Meet Market.
Cork Market, 1805 14th Street NW, 202-265-2674.
Dolcezza, 1560 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 202-333-4646; 1704 Connecticut Avenue NW, 202-299-9116; 7111 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, 301-215-9226; 2905 District Avenue, Fairfax, 703-992-8701.
Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar, 1726 20th Street NW, 202-234-5837; 1916 I Street NW, 202-234-5837.
For The Best Of Both Worlds
Try a Honey Badger, the iced specialty drink at adorable outpost The Coffee Bar near Logan Circle. It's four shots of espresso, two ounces of half & half, and a half-ounce of honey, all shaken together with ice for a creamy, sweet pick-me-up.
The Coffee Bar, 1201 S Street NW, 202-733-1049.