Today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer published an article espousing the virtues of Seattle’s many smaller coffeehouses: Smaller coffeehouses thrive in Seattle. Seattle may be famous for the big, bad Starbucks, but there are many local favorites that aim to be “Porsche instead of Ford” (i.e., Zoka Coffee), and they have managed to thrive over the years in the shadow of the green giant.

Of course, you have to make it past the article’s opening line: “It’s hard to find a bad cup of coffee in Seattle…” Actually, most Seattle coffee is rather mediocre in my opinion — with a limited market for some excellent smaller boutique cafés that set the standard for the area and much of the country. But Seattle needs to keep up appearances around its myth.