By: Jody Johnson, WSJ reporter The Genius is a small but well-equipped coffee shop in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood.
It’s also a home for a number of other quirky coffee shops, including a popular espresso bar and a mini bar.
But it’s a place where you won’t find any coffee-drinking ninja.
Instead, the bar serves a full range of coffees, from drip, drip, espresso and triple drip.
It also has an on-site kitchen with the same espresso bar kitchen as its coffee house.
“We’ve got a little barista that does all of our brewing and baking and mixing,” said Michael Smith, owner of the bar.
Smith said he started in the coffee business at the age of 17.
It took him about three years, but he was able to open the Genius bar after he had a vision.
“I’ve always wanted to have a place that has something that you’re not just going to sit and eat,” he said.
Smith started with a simple goal: To open a place for people to come in and do their coffee.
“You don’t have to be a coffee geek to want to go in and grab a cup,” he explained.
But he said he’s also been known to take his customers into the kitchen, where he can make the best coffee possible.
“If you’re a coffee drinker, you’re going to be very impressed with the quality of our coffee,” Smith said.
It wasn’t until about six years ago that Smith was able make his vision come true.
“When I got the idea, it was very much something that was a dream that I had, but it wasn’t anything that was coming true,” he told the WSJ.
Smith has had a few other plans, but said he wasn’t going to let that stop him.
“The first few years we were just like, ‘Oh, what are we doing?
What are we going to do?
We have to keep it going,'” he said, explaining that the bar has grown to now be a full-time operation.
He said the bar started as a passion project for him, and is now a full time business.
“There’s just a lot of love and enthusiasm for what we do here, and that’s why we’re able to continue to do this, because people love what we’re doing,” he added.
While there is no espresso machine at the bar, Smith said the espresso bar is a big draw.
“It’s not a machine where you can only go in for one drink,” he admitted.
Smith also said that while he has to work at the kitchen to make sure the bar is well stocked, he loves the way it keeps the customers coming back.
“For people who love coffee, there’s something so unique about this place,” he exclaimed.
The Genius bar has more than 30 taps.
It serves up more than 50 coffees and 12 drip coffees.
The bar also has a variety of sandwiches and sandwiches made with fresh produce, like a salad with a roasted chicken, roast pork, and roast turkey, and a burger topped with grilled vegetables and grilled cheese.
For more information on the bar and Smith, you can visit his website, or call 202-444-6200.