Qualia Coffee will look for a new home in 2019

It was a good run while it lasted.

Qualia Coffee will be moving from its location at 3917 Georgia Ave NW in late 2019. Qualia opened nine years ago, and remains the only true coffee shop in the area (though of course, there's Dunkin at Quincy Street and Lullabelle's Sweet Shop on Upshur, but coffee isn't their main focus).

The owner of the building is putting the space up for sale, and owner Joel Finkelstein said he wasn't interested in buying the building for various reasons. He said they need a larger location than what the Georgia Avenue location offered so that they can focus on more food options, as they won't be roasting coffee at the new location. 

"I am also exploring the option of working with someone who will buy and renovate the existing building [on Georgia Ave], then rent it back to us," Joel said.

Qualia is a favorite destination for morning commuters, the work-from-home set and those seeking a delicious cup of java on the weekend. Admittedly, the space inside Qualia is less then than ideal, something Joel readily admits. 

"I am eager to find a new location for us in or near our current location," said Joel. "However, my current focus is on locking down a new roasting location for the business."

More to come on this. Hopefully Qualia finds another good space nearby!