This is the beautiful, shiny, red espresso maker at M.E.Swing's, DC's oldest coffee roaster. Across the street from the Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building and just a short walk from The White House, M. E. Swing's is always full of people waiting to get the signature brews that have made Swing's a District fixture since 1916. This is quality coffee, available in a variety of blends of bean-origins, and without the bitterness that plagues most coffee chains. The one drawback is that there isn't much in the way of seating space, but on nice days, outside seating is available.
If you need a little more than caffeine to get your feet moving, I'm also been putting together an ongoing few lists of my favorite music of 2011.