Tag Archive 'seattle_cafes'

Trip Report: Caffé Vita (Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 23 May 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Roasting

We continue our series on Seattle cafés with a visit to another another of the three V’s in town: this time it’s Caffé Vita in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district. This combination café and roaster is one of the bigger entities in this coffee-rich neighborhood. It has the bold Caffé Vita neon signage out front — […]

Trip Report: Trabant Coffee & Chai (Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 22 May 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

Don’t spro me, bro. That ridiculous sentence kept going through our heads when we visited Trabant Coffee & Chai near Pioneer Square. (Their other, mothership location is in the University District.) From afar, Trabant seems like they are trying to do some interesting things. They were voted Best Coffee in Seattle on CitySearch.com in 2005, […]

Trip Report: Caffè Umbria (Seattle, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 21 May 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Surely we jest about Seattle’s coffee culture being as dated as reruns of Frasier. Coffee journalists and jargonists alike often suffer from a tragic affliction that confuses experience for irrelevance. Infatuation with the over-hyped and under-substantiated pursuit of the next big thing has created a bit of hyperopia: a far-sightedness that makes one blind to […]

Trip Report: Victrola Coffee and Art (Seattle, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 20 May 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Café Society, Foreign Brew

We continue our series on Seattle coffee culture with a visit to a Victrola Coffee — one of the three “V’s” Seattleites refer to when seeking decent espresso. This location is the original Victrola, though the name here emphasizes their artistic roots and continued interests. It’s an older establishment that exudes some 1950s classicism — […]

Trip Report: Zoka Coffee Roasters & Tea (Kirkland, WA)

Posted by TheShot on 19 May 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Roasting

Now that we’ve been told Seattle espresso is passé — with self-proclaimed Third Wave aficionados holding their nose at the (former) Queen City’s “Oh So Last Wave” reputation — we recently visited a variety of Seattle espresso bars. This is the first post of a coming series on Seattle cafés. We hope this series will […]

Coffee’s cutting edge … or just carnival barking?

Posted by TheShot on 18 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

This week we came across a curious video published by Voice of America: VOA News – Seattle: Capital of Coffee Houses. If you wonder why something called “Voice of America” produces video, you’ll question that even more after viewing this parody of a 1980’s corporate training video. But the video is essentially a review of […]

Starbucks Tests $2.50 Premium Clover Coffee to Boost Sales

Posted by TheShot on 14 Feb 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Machine, Quality Issues, Starbucks

“Mystery” solved. As one of our readers commented on a previous post, Starbucks recently purchased two $11,000 Clover brewers for who knows what unholy purposes. However, today Bloomberg reported that Starbucks is testing them in at least one of their Seattle retail stores: Bloomberg.com: Exclusive – Starbucks Tests $2.50 Premium Coffee to Boost Sales. Between […]

Uptight Seattleite: The Portlanders are coming!

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

As Stumptown Coffee Roasters plans to invade Seattle, today’s Seattle Weekly published an amusing letter of distress from a reader concerned about the coming potential clash of Northwest espresso cultures: Uptight Seattleite: Why This Unfair Prejudice Against Skateboarders? (Seattle Weekly). The writer also categorizes the local shot pullers in two distinct families: The Starbucks family, […]

Smaller coffeehouses thrive in Seattle

Posted by TheShot on 08 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

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 […]

Whirr of Espresso Vivace soon silenced by new rail

Posted by TheShot on 17 May 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported on the eventual paving over of David Schomer’s Capitol Hill Espresso Vivace: Whirr of Espresso Vivace soon silenced by new rail. With a new Westlake-to-University District line Seattle rail service planned beneath Broadway on Capitol Hill, Vivace’s Denny Way location — open since 1988 — will be bulldozed and replaced by […]

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