School: Howard University
Address: 1700 1st St NW, Washington, D.C.
In a city like D.C. it is rare (though less so every day) to have a locally-sourced menu. It’s especially rare when that menu belongs to a coffee shop and that coffee shop grows some of their produce right outside the windows. Big Bear not only hosts the Bloomingdale’s farmers market, they also screen campy movies, host artist lectures, and give gardening lessons. It’s unusual for a coffee shop to be the marquee of the neighborhood, but Big Bear is a big leader.