About Us

La Mano Coffee Bar originated as a pop-up business without a permanent brick-and-mortar. Over the course of 2012, we operated a series of coffee stands with various host venues in the area, including every Sunday at the Washington, D.C. location of the home goods store Trohv, introducing the neighborhood to methods of pourover coffee and the world of the “third wave” coffee industry. It took over one year for the design and rehabilitation of the vacant historic building that became our home in September 2013–- a 460 sq. foot street-level storefront on Carroll Street NW, across from the Takoma Red Line Metro and a few blocks from historic downtown Takoma Park, MD. We led a successful crowdfunding campaign to assist us in our build-out costs using the Indiegogo platform. Read the overview of our campaign here.

We understand the increased demand for coffee beverages and food prepared on a small scale with quality ingredients. We have a loyal following, are a leader in customer service, and offer a unique, dynamic setting featuring the custom work of local professionals. Our mission to serve as a model for economic and social development, as well as maintain an active, visible presence in the community puts us at the forefront of the growing and vibrant Takoma neighborhood connecting the District of Columbia and Maryland.

La Mano Coffee Bar is proud to partner with Ceremony Coffee Roasters, supplier of whole beans (single-origin and blends), that have been sourced responsibly from coffee farms from around the world and craft-roasted at their facility and training center in nearby Annapolis, MD.

Our selection of sweet and savory baked goods and other fare are handmade using primary ingredients that are sourced from businesses that share our commitment to using sustainable and socially conscious methods of production for dairy, meat, and vegetables whenever possible. You can find a list of of some of our preferred partners here.

La Mano Coffee Bar was founded by Javier Rivas and Anna Petrillo, both residents of the Washington, D.C. area for over 15 years. Together, they bring experience in everything from coffee roasting to kitchen management their venture including Javier’s first business, Modern Times Coffeehouse, the longtime independent café located inside Washington D.C.’s landmark bookstore, Politics & Prose for 8 years. As owners and operators that both live in the neighborhood, they are always available to staff and customers.

From its website to its walls and ceiling lamps, La Mano Coffee Bar features the work of numerous local designers and artists working in a variety of mediums and disciplines– from reclaimed and repurposed materials, to postmodern design/build techniques, to traditional fine arts and studio crafts. We are grateful to all the hardworking minds and hands that have made the shop a reflection of our local community.