I imagine it takes a large amount of good quality coffee to keep the nation’s capital going, and when it comes to Washington, DC, these folks know their coffee shops. Turns out, both locals and tourists flock to one particular spot that offers a side of cheekiness with its java.
Known for their uniquely-named, hand-baked goodies, the Baked and Wired Washington coffee shop only has one location (1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington DC) with a focus on quality rather than quantity. Their whimsical Cakecups are made with flavourful combinations – with names like the “Elvis Impersonator” (otherwise known as “The Unporked Elvis,” a banana cupcake topped with peanut butter frosting and drizzled with chocolate), as opposed to the “Porked” Elvis (which has candied bacon on top). “Pretty Bitchin’” is a chocolate-flavored cake with crunchy peanut butter frosting, and the “Smurfette” is lemon with fresh blueberries. Whichever your favorite flavor combination, there are plenty to choose from (chocolate lovers make sure to try the “Chocolate Cupcake of Doom”).
There are also treats like the “I Can’t Believe it’s Vegan” (chocolate cake with vanilla-cream frosting) and the “Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberry.”
While mostly renowned for the Cakecups, the house also includes their own brand of granola (“Hippie Crack” – their name), as well as full-size cakes, pies, cookies, muffins, biscuits and more.
Coffee is freshly made, and the shop encourages customers and baristas to engage in learning more the various options in their extensive coffee menu.
So the next time you’re in Washington, and are looking for a place to perk up in between monuments, check out Baked and Wired – and get a taste of Washington this way.
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