The End is Near/Time for a New Beginning

Modern Times Coffeehouse New Year's Hours

December 31st: 8am to 7pm

January 1st: 10am to 8pm
(bookstore will be closed - access the coffeehouse through the parking lot door)


Happy Holidays!

Thanks for making Modern Times a great place to celebrate with family and good friends this holiday season.
Just a reminder that we will be closing at NOON today so that our staff can travel safely to their families.
Take care!


MTC Holiday Hours & Wi-Fi Access Update

     Sundays in December (2, 9, 16, 23):    8 am to 10 pm

     Christmas eve, Dec. 24:                           8 am to 12 pm
     Christmas, Dec. 25:                                  Closed
     Day after Christmas, Dec. 26:                10am to 8 pm

     New Year’s eve, Dec. 31                          8 am to 7 pm
     New Year’s, Jan. 1:                                10 am to 8pm

Please note, that, to accommodate for all the families visiting the coffeehouse and bookstore during the holidays, we have decided to TURN OFF WIRELESS ACCESS.  We will go off the grid during these dates:

December 21st through the 24th


this is why we can't have nice things

This is taken from very sternly worded e-mail we received from Verizon, our ISP:

We are writing to advise you that we recently received a second notice from a copyright owner of possible copyright violation that appears to involve your Verizon Online account (the "Complaint"). 

Copyright infringement level: 2
Notice ID: 14-32591147
Title: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2011
Protocol: BitTorrent
IP Address:
File Name: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy[2011]R5[Studio-Audio}XviD-

File Size: 740146230
Timestamp: 11-29-2012 23:50:20 UTC 

While this activity may have occurred without your permission or knowledge by an unauthorized user, or perhaps by a minor who may not fully understand the copyright laws, as the primary account holder, you are legally responsible for all activity originating from your account.  

With these notices, MTC's love affair with wireless is coming to an end.  We will not be held accountable for the irresponsible actions of some abusing a courtesy we offer at no charge. 
These abuses, compounded with the complaints we receive from disappointed people who are unable to be accommodated, has led us to once again revisit and update our wi-fi policy.  We know it would disappoint many of you if we were to eliminate our free wireless service completely; so, in the spirit of community, a fair compromise would be to limit the hours during which we offer the serviceWe are considering shutting off the wireless during our busiest days and hours - weekends and lunch-time during the week.  

We understand if many of you are upset by this decision, but you have to see it from our perspective.  This decision is based on economics - we need to turn over tables to make a profit - as well as the spirit of Modern Times - we want to continue fostering an environment where people are aware of their neighbors, the surrounding community and the various needs of those visiting Modern Times and Politics and Prose Bookstore.  

We want to give you a fair amount of warning before the new policy goes into effectExpect us to have it in place by January 15th, 2013.  In the meantime, please don't hesitate leaving a comment or writing me an e-mail.  Note that our comments are moderated so as to encourage constructive dialogue.   


Popping Up in December

We're pleased to announce a partnership with Trohv in Takoma to host a pop-up coffee bar every Sunday there in December! On Sundays Dec. 9, 16, 23, and 30, come between 11:30am-2pm where we will be preparing select coffee offerings from our featured local roaster, Ceremony Coffee. The most special thing about this service is that we are offering coffee prepared three different ways, none of which you can currently get at Modern Times. There, we make a house blend in a French press; and offer two choices of single origin coffees (coffee that has been sourced from the same crop/lot instead of being mixed with other beans) either as a Chemex brew pot, or as a single-cup pourover. If you've never had coffee prepared this way, we highly recommend it. For each order, the weight of the coffee and the volume of water is calculated in relation to the amount of time that the coffee is allowed to "brew", resulting in the optimal extraction of the beans, and thus, the best tasting cup possible!

For more information about our pop-up venture (which ultimately will result in the grand opening of our new business, LA MANO COFFEE BAR in spring 2013), visit our Facebook page.