19th Century Secretary of the Smithsonian on the subject of Coffee

Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906), in a letter to his niece Mary, wrote about the preparation of the "best coffee in Carlsbad,"in Bohemia.
I imagine that the legend of figs used in the preparation of the coffee came about because of the blend, the combination of four different varieties of coffee and perhaps their unique roasting technique. It's not uncommon to find fruit notes, even mango and raspberry, in some cups of coffee.
If I could only travel through time....any historical figures with whom you could imagine sharing a cup at Modern Times?

(from the Smithsonian Air and Space blog)


Current Exhibit: History of Peirce Mill

An opening reception for this month's exhibit "Peirce Mill: 200 Years in the Nation's Capital" will be held from 6 to 8pm on Thursday, October 6 at Modern Times Coffeehouse. Complimentary food and drink will be provided to guests and wi-fi will be turned off during those hours. Please join us to learn more about this important landmark just around the bend from us in Rock Creek Park.

“Peirce Mill: 200 Years in the Nation’s Capital,” an historical exhibit featuring the works of Washington designers/artists Katherine Lenard and Mary Belcher. The exhibit tells the story of how a Quaker milling family became one of the largest landholders in Washington during the 19th century, and the later transformation of the Rock Creek Park mill into a beloved landmark operated by the National Park Service.

The show coincides with the re-opening of the mill after a 20-year shutdown. For more information on Friends of Peirce Mill, check out the website at http://peircemill-friends.org or their Facebook page.

Local Music Day

Listen Local First will host DC’s first ever Local Music Day. The purpose of Local Music Day is to promote LLF’s mission and develop partnerships between local musicians and businesses in order to create additional avenues for local music exploration.

On October 5th, 2011 local businesses across the city will partner with Listen Local First and stream a playlist featuring the albums of 8 local artists all day.

You can also listen from home on a webstream by clicking here.

Thank you for supporting your local artists and musicians, AND your locally owned coffeehouse!