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By Max Porter, Contributing News Editor • February 26, 2024

Best coffee shop for a study session: For Five Coffee Roasters

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The floor-to-ceiling windows that line the front of the store create a natural glow that sets the scene for an ideal workday.

Location: 2000 L St.

Readers’ Pick: Tatte

For a quiet environment, tasty study snacks and plentiful outlets, head to For Five Coffee Roasters to have a productive work session.

The serene setting at For Five’s L Street location, just a block north of campus, is home to a spread of comfortable seating options under a quiet stream of mellow pop music. The space curates a calming study environment that is guaranteed to help you get to work, and the menu is filled with caffeinated beverages and filling meals that pack the fuel for all your studies.

The cafe has all the classic beverage options, so take your pick between a matcha latte ($5.50) or the Dona Chai Latte ($5.75), or coffee options such as a Gotham Mocha ($6.25), cold brew ($5.50) or cappuccino ($5.00). Upon arrival at For Five, pair your caffeinated beverage of choice with one of their menu items, ranging from pastries to pasta.

For a small, tasty treat to use as a reward for your good work, opt for one of the restaurant’s cookies ($6.25) like strawberry cream, birthday cake or chocolate chunk. For something more substantive and admittedly more expensive, to get you through your session, go for the 24-hour oatmeal ($14.95), the mermaid açaí bowl ($18.95) or the breakfast sandwich ($16.95).

The plentiful options don’t stop at the menu. For Five also has comfortable seating options that make hours of studying bearable. Between countertop bar seats at the register, group tables against the windows, personal booths in the dining space and outdoor seating, you should have no problem finding a place to hunker down and get to work. For Five also tends to be quieter than Tatte with more space than Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee, making it the standout choice for locking in for some homework. Outlets for charging your devices are easy to come across, with several located along the back wall and under booth seating.

Beyond the seating options, the atmosphere of the cafe further aids productivity. Lots of light from the floor-to-ceiling windows that line the front of the store creates a natural lighting that sets the scene for an ideal workday as a soft playlist echoes in the background. The cafe is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, giving you plenty of time to sit down, sip on a coffee and get to work.

Sound does not carry throughout the expansive shop, fostering a focused study space. Headphones can easily mask any light chatter coming from nearby neighbors. The kitchen is also enclosed, so there is no substantial cooking noise.

For Five is a balanced combination of tasty food and drink and a quiet atmosphere that makes it easy to immerse yourself in your work and be productive.

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