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M.E. Swing Coffee Roasters Opens New Facility in Del Ray

Monroe Avenue roastery currently open only for wholesale business.

M.E. Swing Coffee Roasters opened its new facility on Monroe Avenue in Del Ray on Monday for wholesale business.

Customers looking to purchase a hot cup of Swing’s Coffee are going to have to wait a few more months until the facility’s café section is completed.

Customers can visit the facility at 501 E. Monroe Ave. and purchase coffee by the pound from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

The building previously housed Gold Crust Baking Company.

Swing’s Coffees, which has roasted beans in the Washington, D.C. area since 1916, had operated out of a roastery on S. Pickett Street in Alexandria’s West End since 1989. 

“We just need a better area to conduct our business,” Swing’s owner Mark Warmuth told Patch in May. “We can conduct our work fine, but our current facility doesn’t give us a chance to showcase our products. … [This space] offers a lot of visibility and is good setup for us.”

In June, Swing’s Coffee received approval to open its Monroe Avenue facility from Alexandria City Council.

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Nicollsmith January 29, 2013 at 11:42 PM
I'm glad that coffee roaster is occupying the space but I have to say I'm disappointed in the pricing of the beans. I order espresso beans from Counter Culture in NC for $15.00 a pound includes shipping. It's very good espresso. I would love to find a local roaster who sells 3 pound bags at lower cost as we drink a lot of it at home. Finding a local roaster and going to the source you would think you could do this. Selling only 1 pound bags at $14.00 is not an incentive to change unfortunately.
amy lu January 30, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Read the staff report http://alexandriava.gov/CSESearch.aspx?cx=003100245762010465978%3Atms47up1nkg&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=UTF-8&searchtext=M.E.Swing&sa=GO and you'll see the business model is primarily an industrial use catering to selling to commercial clients large volumes of roasted beans, not primarily a cute little coffee shop dependent on selling a pound of beans or a single cup of 'brew just for you' coffee. The cafe is secondary. Not a bit different that Gold Crust's business model and they outgrew the space so yes it's totally possible for M.E.Swing to be VERY successful in this location.
Dan L January 31, 2013 at 06:54 PM
If you have noticed the illuminated sign (visible at night) inside the M E Swing Coffee building, it is an original sign from the old 1013 E St. NW location. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bwalsh/1011007913/ In the photo, it is the sign just over the entrance level overhang.
art February 03, 2013 at 02:27 PM
We picked up a bag of the Mesco--very tasty! I bit pricey, yes, but worth a treat.
Jenny February 27, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Our family has been getting M.E. Swing's coffee from their Picket St. location (or from Mancini's) for years. We like it because: It's local. They offer whole beans (even in espresso). It is comparable in price to other well known national chains.. And, the best reason......It tastes great.

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