Literally. Our second Adams Morgan Pop-up location was located in a basement underneath a local Restaurant with a narrow staircase leading guests down sixteen steps to an Old World-esque basement with mismatched furniture, vintage mirrors, large Afghan rugs and oddly charming ambiance. If you walked a little bit further, your eyes would turn focus to what would look like a giant science experiment — but with a strong aroma of coffee.
Our pop-up drew the eyes of thousands of Washingtonians — most notably Tim Carman of the Washington Post, who named it “the best coffee shop in Washington”. Our focus has always been to bring out the best in the bean while respecting the entire coffee production process — from harvesting the plant to crafting the perfect cup. But it’s not just that — the most important part of our job is connecting with you, our customers. We love educating and sharing our love for the craft. There’s so much more in your cup than just coffee.
Human Connection Over Coffee
After our successful pop-up partnership with Lapis, we knew it was time to pursue something we had been dreaming of for years, a standalone location.
We shutdown shop in Adams Morgan in 2017. After years of design and development we officially opened the doors to our first Sweet Science Coffee shop in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington DC in January 2020. Opening a small business in 2020 has been anything but easy, but we are able to get by with the help of you, our community.
IN GOAT WE TRUST
Above our Slow Bar is perhaps the most photographed part of our shop — Jupiter, our Goat of Arms.
Tim Lord’s steampunked illustration of a goat pays homage to more than a thousand years of coffee history: Starting with the ancient legend of Ethiopian goat farmer Kaldi whos herd is said to have discovered the coffee plant around 850 AD. and incorporating all the tools we use today in pursuit of that perfect cup.#TheMoreYouKnow 😉
Learn more about coffee science