Spring Mill Bread Co. is a bakery and cafe located at 701 8th St SE. It is part of a small, local chain that has additional locations in Arlington, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Takoma Park and Wayne, PA. As their name implies, Spring Mill Bread Co. is focused on bread. They make several varieties (including challah; I can’t help but kvell) and change up the selection daily. They also have baked goods, such as muffins, scones, brownies, cake, homemade pop tarts and sweet bread. I ordered a slice of the Cranberry Pumpkin Walnut Loaf upon
the recommendation of one of the friendly staff members. It was tasty, and very filling. The portion was large, and it almost made me too full to have lunch later. They also offered me a sample of their asiago pesto bread, which was totally delicious. Lunch options are plentiful in the form of sandwiches.
They are focused on bread, so I understand that their coffee and tea isn’t the main draw, and it makes sense that they lack fancy espresso drinks; that said, they could up their coffee and tea game a bit without detracting from their service on other fronts. The flavor of their coffee was fine (and it’s pretty inexpensive) but it wasn’t as hot as it should have been. I’m glad that they don’t charge a lot for their coffee and pretend it’s something fancy. That said, I imagine it wouldn’t be too hard to have coffee from Counter Culture or Qualia– if they did that, they could charge a bit more and the coffee would be better. Ditto for the tea- most of their teas are Bigelow (not the greatest brand) but they have a few teas from Harney & Sons. They would be better off sourcing all of their teas from Harney & Sons. I don’t mean to be too critical of their coffee and tea or belabor this point because this is a great place and bread truly is their focus; but if they had coffee and tea that at least came closer to the quality of their bread, they would earn five stars.
Spring Mill Bread Co. is not set up as a place to work per-se, but working there on a laptop is totally doable; there are several tables, some outlets, and good WiFi. Overall, this is a really nice place, especially if you are looking for bread and baked goods.