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The Manda, Station 38 Coffee

Thai teas are beautiful drinks. The swirling cream and orange tea delight my inner monkey brain, as does the way the drink’s flavor profile shifts as it mixes into a rusty-brown taste ombre. Station 38’s specialty version of the drink, The Manda ($4 for a regular), smartly adds coffee to the mix, adding to the subtle tannin bitterness and bringing a much-appreciated complexity. It’s still an incredibly sugary drink, but the ambiance of the shop is the real sweet treat. They’ll take your name for the order and refer to you by it for the remainder of the visit. It’s like having friends. 3711 J Street, Suite A,