From Chris H., an Open City manager
It might seem a little crazy to be outside in this nearly 100 degree weather. Some choose to stay indoors and venture out into the sun as little as possible during the record breaking heat we are currently experiencing in this city. Yet there are some for whom the heat fails to be a deterrent and others still who may even embrace it! Yes, we are referring to those crazy DC joggers that we see run by our giant windows every day—sometimes even during the worst midday heat. The importance of staying hydrated before, during and after these excursions cannot be overstated and at Open City we are here to help!
We participate in the TapIt water project, which is dedicated to “providing clean sustainable water on the go.” You can find out more about some of the very cool stuff that they do by following their blog. http://www.tapitwater.com/blog At Open City, though, we not only provide clean filtered water, but we also make sure it is nice and cold, and of course, did we mention free? So come in anytime and refill your water bottles or just grab a glass from us and chug it down. On most weekends you don’t even have to come inside as we have a water station set up right out front.
Once you’ve recovered in that way, you might want to enjoy a cup of our delicious Counter Culture coffee or espresso drinks any of which can be iced. We also have several different kinds of flavored iced teas. If you’re curious as to different methods of iced coffees and teas there is some great information here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/dining/cold-brewing-coffee-and-tea-the-curious-cook.html?_r=1 We brew our iced coffee using the “Japanese” method. Our iced espresso drinks are made differently depending on what you order, but especially great are our iced cappuccinos (pictured above), iced lattes or iced Cubans. Chances are that as soon as you step out of the door or out from beneath our beautifully shaded patio, you’re going to be tormented by the brutal heat again almost instantly, so it might not hurt to stay and try several.