Tag Archive 'seattle_cafes'

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 […]

Seattle, cup by steaming cup: A coffee tour

Posted by TheShot on 01 May 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

The Great Escapes Web site, part of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, posted a “Culinary Traveler” article yesterday on a Seattle tour of coffee: Seattle, cup by steaming cup: A coffee tour. (The article was also printed in yesterday’s Long Beach Press-Telegram). The Web site even provides an interactive Flash tour. Seattle is a coffee-obsessed […]

Espresso Vivace is 1st tenant in new retail/office complex

Posted by TheShot on 15 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer featured an article on the latest espresso bar opened by Espresso Vivace in the Cascade neighborhood of Seattle: Retail Notebook: Espresso Vivace is 1st tenant in new retail/office complex. Now opening its third coffeehouse, Espresso Vivace is one of the best places to order an espresso in North America. Its owner, David […]

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