Joining the Coffee Caravan at Misha's in Alexandria, Virginia
It’s pretty easy to find Misha’s. In Old Town Alexandria, you can follow the trail of bright orange cup bearers back to their source. Limited parking on Patrick and King Streets means the locals come on foot for a hot drink, a pound of whole beans (roasted on site), and locally sourced pastries. The most popular blends are bagged and ready by the cashier, but ask for an Indonesian varietal, and they’ll scoop it from one of the dozen three-gallon glass jars nearby. True aficionados can even get ten pounds roasted to order. Customers often take their coffee to a table and settle in to read, only to spot a friend tying up a dog outside. Then, the number of chairs per table becomes flexible as neighbors greet each other, their chatter masked by an espresso machine and jazz. Set down your newspaper. It’s more fun to watch the neighborhood over the rim of an orange cup.
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