Stopped by Hyattsville, Maryland on my way back from Baltimore the other week to see the homie Chris Vigilante's Coffee empire! Vigilante Coffee Company first started back in 2012 in a Washington DC rowhouse basement; Vigilante has now found it's permanent home in Hyattsville, MD, about 30 minutes right outside the city. It was my first time actually stopping by the homebase, I've always heard amazing things for years, but I was super stoked I finally got to experience it first hand.
The setup was so dope with just a open clean look and relaxed atmosphere. When I pulled up, their dog Harold was roaming the cafe freely and Chris was skating around the front of the building, definitely not your typical coffee house. I got to sit with Chris and his fiancé Ashley and they were probably the coolest people I've gotten to talk with, they just had a chill vibe and positive energy and positive outlook on everything. They were so humble and hospitable as they got me a couple different drinks on the house. The first drink I had was called Tchembe. It was a Japanese Iced Pour over a Natural Processed Ethipoian Coffee. It was fruity and floral and just refreshing for the beautiful sunny spring day. The second drink I had was a traditional hot coffee, a Kenyan Gitura, it was bright with a little sweetness. Chris made me drink it black, I usually have my coffee with a flavored creamer and sugar, but straight up black was delicious and refreshing. I was definitely caffeinated after drinking all these. The awesome coffee was matched with even better company, it was just an awesome experience.
If you're in the Northern Virginia area or lower Maryland area, Vigilante is a definite must have. Chris was nice enough to send me off with a fresh bag of Ethiopian roast for the crib. It was great to catch up and see all the amazing success and hard work in person. Hope to visit again soon!
Go check them out on the Web: Vigilante Coffee Company