Seattle and coffee
In 2000, I was working in a hospital in upstate New York. When I announced to the team that I was moving to Seattle in a few months, one of the members of our team remarked that Seattle has “great coffee.”
And that person was right on.
Seattle coffee tastes better.
Why does coffee taste better in Seattle?
If memory serves me correctly, Seattle coffee is stronger than any other coffee I have ever tasted. It can have a bitter quality if not done correctly.
But most importantly, I think that it’s the number of coffee roasters that makes Seattle’s coffee stand alone. Sure, we have Starbucks and Tully’s, but there are also some great independent coffee shops. It’s easier to find a coffee shop or stand in Seattle than any other city I have visited or lived in. And Seattle has some great companies roasting those beloved beans: Vivace, Victrola, Caffe Vita, Lighthouse roasters, Stumptown, Starbucks (of course), Umbria, Fremont, etc. The list goes on, and you can see all of the Seattle coffee roasters in this Seattle Magazine article.
I’ve lost track of my favorite Seattle coffee, and I’m still grieving over this loss. There used to be a small coffee stand in front of the King County courthouse at Third and James, run by a young woman and her husband. She moved her spot, and I lost track of her, but this young woman produced the ultimate cup of java–strong, hot, tasting like coffee must taste in heaven. She always served her product efficiently, adding a smile and her hope that we all have a good day. I do not remember her name (Candy maybe?), nor do I remember the beans she used, but this coffee was the best I’ve ever tasted in my life.
I’ve read articles reporting that Seattle is one of the most caffeinated cities in the U.S., and I do not think it’s just because of all the great coffee roasters we have here. As a Seattle resident for almost fourteen years, I can tell you that there is an energy in this city that I have felt no where else. We are a loud, passionate, and opinionated lot. And we believe that a good cup of coffee is more than a beverage; it’s an experience, another way to extract joy out of every moment we are given in this life. And also, unfortunately, Seattle is an expensive city; one needs to be energetic to make a living and pay bills. Coffee gives us that extra boost, I guess!
The idea for this post comes from my daughter-in-law Kim Voynar, who is traveling back to Seattle today from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Her greatest wish, after seeing her husband and children, is that hubby brings her a “Seattle-quality double tall soy cappuccino, dry,” when he picks her up at SeaTac airport.
Yeah, that’s what it is like to live in Seattle and adore the coffee this city has to offer.
I will grant you, our love of coffee borders on an addiction, but hey, coffee is legal, right?
Okay, many of us <like me> in Seattle are addicted to coffee.
I drink two cups of medium roast French Press coffee every day.
All right, sometimes it is three cups.
I have three French Press coffee makers, in different sizes, and one percolator, just in case I want to offer visitors a good cup of Joe.
My favorite French Press is this one:
So, if you visit Seattle, and you like coffee, I recommend visiting a number of area coffee shops.
It’s an experience you will never forget!