Whether it’s your first visit to Seattle or your 50th, there’s one thing everyone agrees on: Seattle knows its coffee. Along with the quintessential Starbucks, the city is also ramping up its small-batch coffee-roasting game.
Newest to the scene is the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room, a massive space featuring a coffee library with more than 200 titles and the most exclusive beans and brews the coffee giant can procure. The entire process of roasting is on display, and there are plenty of seating areas for optimum viewing. Watch as expert roasters guide the beans through the maze of copper tubes and gleaming vats to create a brew like no other. Complete the experience with a tasting led by a knowledgeable barista. From the modern architecture of the building to the global impact of the sourcing methods, it’s Seattle’s next landmark for the caffeinated world.
Just up the street is Victrola Coffee Roasters, another veteran. Victrola has been honing the small-batch roasting process for more than a decade, and its “showcase cafe” in Capitol Hill is a haven of coffee knowledge. Behind a large glass window sits the equipment that brings the globally sourced beans to life within exquisite blends and single-origin coffees. Roasters are in the shop during the week, and the cafe offers free weekly cuppings for coffee nerds.
A forerunner of the farm-to-cup craze is Caffe Vita, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015. The company prides itself on direct relationships with all of its sources and a meticulous method of roasting that has made it an anchor of the city’s small-batch roasters.
Sweets. They’re not just for dessert anymore. With sugar shacks popping up in neighborhood storefronts seemingly every day, thanks in large part to area chefs’ and confectioners’ passion for all things local, getting a taste of Seattle’s sweeter side is like taking candy from a baby.
Coffee & Sweets Partners