By Angela Cabotaje for VisitSeattle
In what is considered America’s most caffeinated city, small-batch roasters, big-name cafes, and indie coffeehouses buzz with creative coffee creations in every flavor profile. The next time you’re hankering for a cup of joe, follow this handy guide to find a new favorite.
Local indie chainlet Caffe Vita sources beans direct from sustainable farmers in 11 countries. There’s the menu of single-origin options for purists, plus lush blends like the one produced with local confectionary Theo Chocolate.
Also try: A timeless latte from Herkimer Coffee, which roasts beans in small batches
With a cozy, eclectic vibe and nice array of baked goods, Cherry Street Coffee House does sweet sips like no other. Its dreamy Milkyway tastes like the namesake candy bar in liquid form, while the Caramello is equally decadent.
Also try: The rich, velvety caramel macchiato from Starbucks and the oh-so-sweet white mocha from Dilettante
A unique menu item, Caffe Ladro’s Medici is so much more than an average mocha. Cups of its rich, chocolate-swirled coffee sport a refreshing citrus undertone and come adorned with a curl of orange peel.
Also try: The fragrant and subtly sweet lavender mocha from Zoka Coffee
Sidle up to the “slow bar” at Seattle Coffee Works, where baristas pride themselves on walking you through in-depth tastings before making your drink. Sample its rotating single-origin blends, and see if you can identify the differences between four brewing methods.
Also try: Slate Coffee Bar’s deconstructed espresso and milk, which is served in three wine glasses
Anchorhead Coffee took a page from the craft-beer scene, packaging its ready-to-drink cold brews in bottles for anytime sipping. Find the chilled coffee at local Whole Foods Market locations.
Also try: A pull of Analog Coffee’s cold brew on tap—that’s right, on tap
GO: Analog Coffee 235 Summit Ave E; analogcoffee.com • *Anchorhead Coffee anchorheadcoffee.com • *Caffe Ladro Multiple locations, including 2205 Queen Anne Ave N; caffeladro.com • Caffe Vita Multiple locations, including 1005 E Pike St; caffevita.com • Cherry Street Coffee House Multiple locations, including 103 Cherry St; cherrystreetcoffee.com • Dilettante Multiple locations, including 818 Stewart St; dilettante.com • Herkimer Coffee Multiple locations, including 7320 Greenwood Ave N; herkimercoffee.com • Seattle Coffee Works Multiple locations, including 107 Pike St; seattlecoffeeworks.com • Slate Coffee Bar 5413 Sixth Ave NW; slatecoffee.com • *Starbucks Multiple locations, including 1111 Third Ave; starbucks.com • Zoka Coffee Multiple locations, including 2200 N 56th St; zokacoffee.com
*For more Visit Seattle partners, go to visitseattle.org/visitors/eat; Visit Seattle 2014-15 Winter/Spring Official Vistors Guide