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Azehn
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Posted Thu Jul 15, 2010, 8:49am
Subject: best current Seattle cafes?
 

I'm going to be in Seattle for a couple of days for some meetings and hope to try some of their best cafes....

I will probably only have time to visit 2-4 places.....

What would the top 4 cafes for espresso be at the moment in the opinion of locals or regular visitors?

I'll be based in the downtown area, not far from Pike Place.

Thx
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Posted Thu Jul 15, 2010, 11:40am
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I was there a few months ago.  Probably the 3 most notable are:

Vivace
Zoka
Victrola

Of the 3 Victrola's hands down my favorite.

Portland based Stumptown has a couple cafes there.

Doesn't get a lot of press, but an amazing roaster is Herkimer.

My 4 personal recommendations would be Herkimer, Victrola, Stumptown, and Vivace.  It's a toss up for vivace or Zoka; I give the nod to Vivace because the espresso is differnt than pretty much anything else out there and it's a go to roaster for a lot of people.  I'm in the minority on that one.  I wasn't a huge fan of Zoka, but if you're going to go to 5 places might as well add that one to the list.
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Azehn
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Posted Thu Jul 15, 2010, 5:37pm
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Thanks for those suggestions Joel.....

Strange that even though Seattle is supposed to be the mecca for specialty coffee in North America, we don't seem to get many postings in the US west forums from people based in that area - more California and Arizona I think....

AZ
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Posted Thu Jul 15, 2010, 5:52pm
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Agreed.  You'd think with all the great coffee in portland and seattle, there'd be a greater presence here on CG.  I can think of 15 places off the top of my head that serves great coffee here in portland.  So maybe there's no need/desire to make your own perhaps?
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Posted Fri Jul 16, 2010, 3:47am
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I was there recently as well Cafe d'arte is walking distance to Pikes place and solid. Vivace was awesome.
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