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Day 6 – Seattle
November 12, 2007, 11:55 pm
Filed under: Coffee, Seattle

My last real day in Seattle as I leave tomorrow afternoon. Minus the chains, I really like the coffee shops that I’ve visited. The atmosphere in each one, although different from one another, feels very pleasant and interesting. Perhaps it’s just the fact that I’m sitting in these shops after hearing about them online for so long. Or maybe it’s the fact that I’m in Seattle and there’s a light rain coating the city. Cozy is an apt word as I watch the people pass by the window.

Cliche, but true.

Before I’ve even left, I’m already looking forward to the next time I’m in this city. I’ve met some fantastic people and had a great time.

I’m quite tired by now even though I’ve been hitting my system with more coffee than usual for the past week. I think I’ll quite enjoy my own bed.

Photos soon.


Day 2 – Seattle
November 8, 2007, 10:13 pm
Filed under: Coffee, Seattle

One really has to watch one’s caffeine intake here lest it get out of hand. Six shops, four espressos (two of which were doppios) plus a COE coffee and a coffee cupping all before the clock struck noon. I had to “curb the enthusiasm” by then and took the rest of the day to relax. But I am having so much fun. Meeting really nice people and trying good coffee. And, of course, learning whatever I can about coffee.

 I met David Schomer of Espresso Vivace and had a great time in his Denny Way Roasteria. He pulled me a shot that had a nice, caramelly sweetness to it. And I couldn’t leave without buying one of his newly made 20th anniversary cups. It’ll be a nice memento. I have to be careful with such cups though. I can imagine buying one at every place I stop and turning that one souvenir into many souvenirs that look gaudy.


Espresso Vivace

What else? A cupping was held at Stumptown’s new place. Stopped in for a shot at Victrola and tried some of their new Rwanda coffee. And wandered all over Capitol Hill. Tomorrow’s CoffeeFest and the Northwest Regional Barista Comp so much more to come.

Day 1 – Seattle
November 8, 2007, 10:35 am
Filed under: Coffee, Seattle

Got into Seattle yesterday around 5:00PM. The flight wasn’t any good as all the cliches about cramped spaces and annoying passengers held true. And then, when I went to pick up my rental car from National, they tried to charge me twice what I was quoted from my online reservation. I cancelled that and looked for other means of transportation. Still, these early troubles are more than worth it to be in Seattle once again.

I’m visiting for six days with CoffeeFest occuring right in the middle of my stay. Should be fun. The Northwest Reional Barista Competition is being held in conjunction with CoffeeFest, and I hope to see as much of that as I can.

Stopped at Zoka on 56th and had a delicious shot. Caramel, chocolate, and a butteriness in the finish. No pictures as I didn’t have my camera with me at the time, but you can trust me that it looked great. Well worth the price. Had to make sure to go back and drop a tip in for the guys behind the bar.

Only had time for that one stop on Day 1 as I was also starving and spent the rest of the night eating quality Mexican fare. Tomorrow I shall explore…  

The Perfect Cappuccino
September 23, 2007, 6:56 pm
Filed under: Coffee – A documentary film about coffee, consumerism, and being American.

As far as I can tell, the film is still being made, so there isn’t anything more to watch than the trailer, but that’s enough to get you interested.