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Far down the dim central hallway of the Dexter Horton Building lies this spacious coffee bar filled with the aroma of coffee beans. This family-owned shop roasts its own beans and comes up with such fabulous beverages as a mocha made with ephemere sauce from dilettante chocolates. The baristas are friendly, patient and happy to let you linger and chat over a cup.
Fonte is a friendly coffee shop with an ambiance that will brighten up your day. Enter this gourmet cafe for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a quick bite with coffee. The menu has a variety of options and some of the favorites among frequenters are the meatballs, affogato, duck confit and more. Choose your cuppa, with a varied selection categorized under the single origin, special selection, decaffeinated and more. Buy yourself some of their special coffee beans which are available online on their website. Check website for more information.
Historic Panama Hotel Tea & Cofee House serves some of the best tea and coffee in all of Seattle. Located in the Historic Panama Hotel Bed and Breakfast, this tea house has amazing drinks matched with great snacks. The hardwood floor and cozy furniture makes a warm ambiance. This intimate retreat also has free wireless internet.
Victrola Coffee Roasters is a sleekly designed "grown-up" coffee shop. At Victrola you'll find plenty of space to spread out your laptop and work without being overrun by students. And in keeping with the more sophisticated atmosphere, Victrola hosts a variety of events each month, like wine and coffee tastings and after-hours jazz musicians to accompany late-night lattes. Victrola also has a second location further up Capitol Hill that features revolving exhibits by local artists. With regard to the fare, Victrola serves up rich, smooth coffees, panini sandwiches, and a variety of sweet treats.
Taking the coffee shop experience a level higher, the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room is a coffee connoisseur's dream. Beans are roasted fresh in-house and then prepared in a variety of ways: pour-over, cold brew, Clover Brewed, and coffee press. Sit on the mezzanine level and sip on coffee made with rare, single-origin beans from around the world while you watch beans going through the roastery on the level below. The entire place is decked out with pipes carrying beans and coffee, giving it a Willy Wonka-esque look. Be sure to check out their selection of signature mugs and other products available for purchase.
Coffee lovers may want to check out this branch of the ubiquitous coffee shop chain; it happens to be the first Starbucks that was ever opened. The building has retained the same facade over the years, and is still busy with folks on the go looking for their coffee fix. This first Starbucks opened in downtown Seattle in 1971. It was originally housed at 2000 Western Avenue, where it stayed until 1977 when it moved to its current location one block south, at Pike Place near Stewart Street. Today, the Starbucks global empire has shops in 55 different countries, where they sell an assortment of gourmet drip-brewed coffees, teas, sandwiches and other snacks, as well as coffee beans.
"Vita" means "life" in Italian, and for those whose lives revolve around coffee, this is the cafe for you. The coffee here goes well with the fresh pastries and even with the dark decor. Just remember never to order a single shot as that will mark you as a Vita novice.
If you're looking for a plain cup of coffee, look elsewhere. The staff at Espresso Vivace Sidewalk Bar pride themselves on their espresso and espresso drinks. Without the spacious seating that the other two locations have, this location still offers the great espresso drinks Espresso Vivace is known for. Stop by for a quick drink while walking around Capitol Hill.
A piping hot cup of coffee can drive away all blues. And if it's the freshly brewed, organic coffee served at Caffè Fiorè then you would just want to sip, savor and watch the world go by. Their Queen Anee location of Caffè Fiorè receives many such visitors looking for a quiet corner to unwind. Guests accompanied by their tiny tots can rest assured, as the cafe has a play area to keep their kids engaged. Overall, this is the best place to interact with locals over great food and hot coffee or simply take time out for yourself.
Nestled in an alley just above 42nd Street, this cafe has long been a favorite among students, faculty and visitors to the University District. The espresso drinks and teas are cheap and a variety of sweet treats are available all day. The space is long and narrow with dark wood and brick walls. The cozy setting and warm brews are sure to light up anyone's day.
Located near the University of Washington, Zoka is a favorite local cafe. This establishment was designed specifically for students to lounge around, sipping the famous Zoka coffee and nibbling on snacks. Besides students, the minimalist layout of the cafe attracts a mix crowd of office goers. While the coffee is much-talked about, its accompaniments like the grilled sandwiches, coconut cream pie, muffins and cheesecakes are equally tempting. So take a break from your schedule to enjoy quality time spent at this cafe.
Located in the historic downtown area, the Miro Tea is an interesting destination for lovers of tea. Jeannie Liu, the chief operator of this tea bar, has a lot of experience with tea selection and making sure that you are served with the best selections. Try their green, white, yellow, black or even the Oolong tea or the very popular chai. Drinking teas will become a whole new experience for you after a trip to Miro Tea.