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Keoni Toman

Your neighborhood coffee boy.

For years, I have serviced others as a useful source to those seeking inspiration, advice, company, and most importantly coffee. I finally decided to own that role and be intentional about it. DMVBARISTA was created with the community always in mind. I have always desired something very specific when it comes to discovering coffee and connecting with the community.  I never thought to create it myself. I'm on a mission to give others a taste of what goes on in my mind, so here we are. 

Take some time to explore the blog, read something interesting, and feel free to reach out if you would like to collaborate on a project together. Keep in mind, english was my worst subject in school, so read with grace.



Serving you a good cup since 2014

"Sonder — noun. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own." 

I started at a small shop a mile from my home. I didn't really like coffee at the time, but needed some extra cash. After some time I ended up falling in love with coffee. Not coffee itself, but everything surrounding it..... and eventually the coffee. After that shop had closed down I went on to pursue coffee and ended up working at many shops in the Northern Virginia area. I've been living and breathing coffee ever since.

I know that having a space that fosters human connection can mean more to people than anyone could put into words. Coffee is a powerful driver and the cafe has supported people through the toughest of times. The community relies on local cafes to be a space they always have to go and can count on the people that serve them. I wouldn't be where I am today without coffee and all the people I've had the absolute pleasure of getting to know. I love when I am the "first" person to know very personal facts about peoples lives. "I'm pregnant", "I got a promotion", "I'm getting divorced", "My wife has cancer". Any service worker can experience a wide range of emotion in any given day. It always amazes me what people are comfortable sharing in those moments of vulnerability. I know partially it's because I have no connection to their personal lives, but I still believe there has to be some trust in all that. In these moments, I realize that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as my own. 

The Goods

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