The leading espresso machine manufacturer recently opened its first cafe inside KEXP headquarters at the Seattle Center, and there is no better place in the city to learn about (and, yes, drink) espresso. Every first Sunday of the month, the Barista Basics class covers how to use a home espresso machine and the fundamentals of pulling a perfect shot. Or learn to steam a velvety latte during the Milk Basics class every second Sunday of the month.
472 First Ave N; lamarzoccousa.com
Ever wonder what all those brewing contraptions are for, like the one with the beaker that looks like it belongs in a research laboratory? It’s called a siphon, and Seattle Coffee Works near Pike Place Market is happy to demonstrate how it—and all the other brew methods—work. Sample the wares from these adept java nerds and impress your friends with all your new coffee knowledge.
107 Pike St; seattlecoffeeworks.com
Sure you’ve been to a Starbucks, but never one quite like this. Brass silos of select coffee blends tower over a space that is part lounge and part coffee temple, all dedicated to showcasing the beauty and craftsmanship behind Seattle’s most ubiquitous cultural export. Chat with a Starbucks Certified Coffee Master, then curl up on a couch and watch how coffee beans go from the roaster to that cup you’re sipping.
*1124 Pike St; roastery.starbucks.com
*Visit Seattle Partner
This Seattle mainstay not only pours brews but also wants to educate the casual coffee drinker on how to make the perfect cup at home. Sign up for its free Sunday morning Public Brewing School classes at the Capitol Hill headquarters to learn coffee-making methods like French Press and Aeropress. Then buy some bags of Vita’s medium- to dark-roasted coffee to enjoy at home.
1005 E Pike St; caffevita.com