This New Eritrean-Owned Coffee Shop opened in July 2020 in the Shaw neighborhood on the northwest side of DC; just months after COVID-19 reared its ugly head in the US. This must have been a challenge but they seem to be working through the ups and downs of this pandemic. I had the opportunity to visit this coffee house today and was very pleased with my Iced Oat milk Latte. If you have been following me for any length of time you know I love this drink. And the fact that they roast the beans in house is a win-win for me. But this latte had a unique depth about it. It was rich, earthy and subtly sweet with subtle notes of dark chocolate. On my next visit I plan to try their signature beverage: The Shaw Latte; which is made with French vanilla syrup and nutmeg. Lightly sweetened for me please! They also serve a variety of pastries, frappes, smoothies and wine too.
Besides my love for coffee and supporting local shops; I must admit the name intrigued me. Boon? Not bean? It’s not a typo my friends. A “boon” is a traditional coffee-making ceremony in Eritrea. It is performed for events such as a birth, death, when having over special guests, or just to pass the time away. Now, I really like the play on words and the logo which has two coffee beans in place of the o’s in boon.
With adequate “social distancing” seating (inside and out), I look forward to visiting this shop again during the warmer weather. This is truly a place that I would frequent often if I lived close by. Are you in the DC or planning a visit? Check out this gem located nicely in the Shaw neighborhood.
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Alicia Dalton has over 20 years of experience in the Behavioral Health field. She is a former substance abuse counselor and a Master Level Healthcare Administrator who promotes quality healthcare services. Her passion is to support, assist, and empower agencies to utilize Best Practices while serving others and to ensure excellence while doing so. She believes in providing quality care to
"under-served" patients and emphasizes an Holistic Continuum of Care approach. Mrs. Dalton realizes the importance of bridging the gap between treatment and discharge. For this reason, she aids in connecting agencies to adjunctive services and other community resources to help clients live their best lives. Her leadership of doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, and administrators has produced seamless workflows and service delivery in various health settings.
Alicia enjoys cooking and baking for her friends and family. Over the years she has created many recipes and blogs about her international travel and love for coffee on various social media platforms. She is also featured in a documentary: Woman of Faith-Coping with Trauma, where she along with four other women speak out about their trauma experiences and how they used faith to overcome. Alicia is also the Co-Author
of: The Let Go: Elevate Your Destiny and Forgive. This inspiring book explores the path of two women and their journey to forgiveness and how it ultimately helped them realize their destiny.
Mrs. Dalton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Siena Heights University.
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