2019 | Dine

Clove and Cedar Coffeebar Opening Saturday in Bethesda

Former lawyer designs ‘accessible and welcoming’ Bethesda shop

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Clove & Cedar Coffeebar will have a soft opening Friday before a full debut Saturday.

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Specialty coffee shop Clove & Cedar Coffeebar will open on Saturday in Bethesda at the Bainbridge Bethesda apartment building.

The shop is a concept from former lawyer Janet Forlini, a Bethesda resident entering the business world. Clove & Cedar will offer a variety of unique blends, and customers are encouraged to test out free samples of multiple brews.

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Forlini wants to create a third space for residents to gather outside home and work, while providing specialty coffee in an unintimidating environment.

“We just want people to feel welcome to try it,” Forlini said. “This is meant to be very accessible and welcoming.”

Forlini enlisted local latte artist Hawkeye Johnson to lead the barista team. Johnson represented the shop at the Latte Art World Championship Open in Indianapolis earlier this week.

Johnson said the values and practices at Clove & Cedar aligned with his own, leading him to come aboard.

“Part of a cafe is a community,” Johnson said. “We’re going to try our best create a community.”

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Clove & Cedar has drip coffee, cold brew, espresso, and several other options for $2.50 to $4. Breakfast items such as biscotti and stuffed bagel holes are $2, while soups and egg sandwiches are $5 to $6.

The shop is at 4918 St. Elmo Ave. There will be a free tasting for Bainbridge residents this morning and for local businesses Friday afternoon as Forlini works to get the staff up to speed.

Clove & Cedar will be closed Monday and Tuesday to regroup, though it will typically be open on Tuesdays, Forlini said. It will always be closed on Mondays.

Charlie Wright can be reached at charlie.wright@bethesdamagazine.com