Seattleites love their coffee houses. Next to fleece, coffee proves the coziest way to cope with Seattle’s infamous drizzle.
These fabulous five coffee houses brew up more than just comfort, caffeine and free wi-fi to loyal locals - they serve up community, each as unique as their respective neighborhoods.
1. Urban Coffee Lounge | Kirkland, WA
“A love of design and a passion for great coffee.”
A modern-industrial mix of hip and homey, Urban Coffee Lounge offers refuge from the rain, as well as a place to refuel after yoga, or a walk around nearby Juanita Park. Architect Jeff Miner and entrepreneur wife Alicia designed both of their Kirkland coffee houses to include plenty of natural lighting, lounging space for families and office-on-the-fly folks, plus ample outdoor seating for dog-lovers.
Colorful, charismatic baristas supply smiles along with precisely prepared Stumptown blends, locally sourced artisan baked goods, sandwiches and savories, not to mention happy hour wines by the glass.
2. Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company | Seattle, WA
“Fueled by quality, driven by relationships.”
Voted one of Fodor’s 2013 Top 15 Indie Coffee Houses, Zoka Coffee Roaster and Tea Company prides itself on small-batch, single-sourced, sustainably derived roasts and hand-sourced teas prepared by a stable of award-winning baristas in sleekly appointed, spacious shops.
Founded in 1996 by local University of Washington alumni Jeff Babcock, Zoka also features house-crafted goodies, merchandise, and wholesale products.
3. Victrola Coffee Roaster | Capitol Hill & Beacon Hill, WA
“Our business is innovation.”
Another of Fodor’s 2013 Top 15 Indie Coffee Houses, Victrola Coffee Roaster provides a vibrant, Jazz-era themed, architecturally quaint neighborhood gathering place. Around since 2000, Victrola Coffee steams up single origin and blended roasts for retail and wholesale under its unique Farm to Cup designation at each of its three venues. The Farm to Cup designation ensures patrons purchase completely traceable, fair trade, ethically farmed coffee.
A cornerstone of Victrola Coffee Roaster centers on education, including a free public cupping demonstration every Wednesday at the Victrola Coffee Roastery on Capitol Hill.
4. Caffe Ladro | Seattle, WA
“We believe that profound service improves the world.”
Caffe Ladro first opened in 1994 in Queen Anne with a focus on stocking sustainable, ethically produced coffees and in-house bakery goods to java-loving Seattleites. Today, Caffe Ladro boasts fourteen locations citywide. Pet-friendly, outdoor Adirondack-chair seating make this a perennial coffee-fiend’s favorite find for those rare Seattle sunny days.
In addition, Ladro Roasting sources green beans directly from single origin farmers for wholesale and retail use. Clients choose from either ‘Classic’ rich medium and dark roasts or CEO Jack Kelly’s personal selection of vivid ‘Daring’ light single-origin roasts.
5. Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room | Capitol Hill - Seattle, WA
“Our love affair with coffee knows no bounds.”
Honoring Starbucks past, present and future, this one-of-a-kind ‘coffee shrine’ scintillates with seven exclusive rotating roasts, seven brewing methods, two coffee bars, and an off-the-hook hand-tooled copper roaster. In this jewel of the Starbucks crown, CEO Howard Schultz collaborates with long-time pal and culinary legend Tom Douglas with their eatery Serious Pie, proffering bespoke pastries, savories, cocktails and wood-fire pizzas to caffeinated foodies.
Add some seriously stylish urban chic decor that incorporates all things repurposed - including the building itself (a former auto showroom), burlap drapes, elaborate woodwork - and you’ve got a sacred space for coffee-worshippers to sip away their Sundays.