The Scene: Peet’s Coffee & Tea’s VIP-studded grand opening

If you pour it, they will come. Who knew a good cup of joe could wrangle in so many of Washington’s boldfacers? Despite umbrella weather Wednesday night, the grand opening of Peet’s Coffee & Tea on Pennsylvania Avenue was packed with the likes of lobbyist Heather Podesta, CNN’s Dana Bash, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), former deputy White House press secretary Amy Weiss plus a huge contingent of White House staffers. On tap (besides caffeine) was a variety of coffee and tea-inspired cocktails created by local mixologist Erik Holzherr. According to our tipster, the old Caribou Coffee in the same space (Peet took over all Caribou locations in Washington) was a favorite among White House staffers for “off-the-record” conversations.


Heather Podesta, Peet’s CEO David Burwick and Rep. Loretta Sanchez. (Ben Droz)
(Photo by Ben Droz)
(Ben Droz)
Jennifer Tapper, Dana Bash, David Burwick (Photo by Ben Droz)
Jennifer Tapper, Dana Bash and David Burwick. (Ben Droz)
(Photo by Ben Droz)
(Ben Droz)
Zaid Hassan, Marlon Marshall, Julie Rodriguez, Monique Dorsainvil, Paul Monteiro, Carri Twigg, Heather Foster, Rumana Ahmed, Brad L. Jenkins of the White House Office of Public Engagement (Photo by Ben Droz)
Zaid Hassan, Marlon Marshall, Julie Rodriguez, Monique Dorsainvil, Paul Monteiro, Carri Twigg, Heather Foster, Rumana Ahmed and Brad L. Jenkins of the White House Office of Public Engagement. (Ben Droz)


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