Nearby Washington, DC, has myriad independent coffee options, but according to a barista a Swing's in Alexandria, Northern Virginia is not so blessed.

I will not let that deter me from exploring further, but as my first discovery, Swing's served me up a mighty good up, and the manager/owner/barista that I spoke to was more than willing to chat with me about coffee--always a good sign.

Another bonus--Swing's is partnering with a local restaurant, Stomping Grounds, to offer a pop-up biscuit cafe. Alas, the first one takes place on Friday, February 13th, and I'm going to have to miss it.
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