Best Independent Coffee Houses in Puget Sound
The big chain coffee shops are well known around the country, but Seattle’s status as coffee capitol is also well known because of its smaller, independent roasters and cafes. Here are some new coffee houses to try, if you haven’t already!
Zoka Coffee & Tea Company
1220 W. Nickerson St.
Seattle, WA 98119
In 1996, University of Washington Alumni Jeff Babcock created Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company. Nestled in the heart of Seattle’s Wallingford District, this vibrant café has become a hub of activity and community, open seven days a week. Thanks to the small-batch roasting of Zoka coffees, homemade baked goods and hand-sourced teas, it’s often hard to find a seat. Now with the third Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea House, Kirkland Zoka, customers have recently been given another chance to settle in with a Zoka cappuccino and scone. The cornerstone concept of the Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company is a focus on the local community. Where other coffeehouses may hurry customers out the door, Zoka invites you to stay, and feel honored when you decide to settle in for a whole afternoon (that’s why Zoka likes to tempt you with free wireless Internet).
Seattle, WA 98102-5466
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse has described Vivace espresso as the best coffee in the US, if not the world. Vivace is a partnership founded by David Schomer and Geneva Sullivan in 1988. With three Seattle retail locations, as well as beans that you can order online, you can enjoy a cup of the Northern Italian roasted beans every morning at home as well.
320 Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98104
Caffè Umbria is a third-generation, wholesale coffee roasting company based in Seattle. The family’s roots in roasting go back to the 1940’s, when Ornello Bizzarri built his roastery in Perugia, Italy. Roaster Emanuele Bizzarri has always had coffee in his blood — from his grandfather Ornello to his father Umberto. When his family moved to Seattle from Italy, he became the third generation in a family of roasters, and he’s since carried that tradition on through Caffè Umbria with partners Jesse Sweeney and Pasquale Madeddu. Come for a cup of coffee at the Pioneer Square cafe in Seattle, or visit the roastery at 8620 16th Avenue South.
2205 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Cafe Ladro is proud to serve Fair Trade, Organic and Shade Grown Coffee in 13 Locations serving Seattle, Bothell, Edmonds, Issaquah, Lynnwood, Kirkland, and Bellevue. The original Ladro where it all started is located on Upper Queen Anne in Seattle. Come in for espresso or coffee, and enjoy a scrumptious pastry or dessert. Cafe Ladro’s baked goods are crafted daily by their own Ladro Bakers and are delivered fresh each morning.
Victrola Coffee Roasters
411 15th Avenue E
Seattle, WA 98112
Check out one of the great local events at Victrola’s cafes, or stop on by for a gorgeously prepared coffee drink, an artisan pastry, a house made sandwich or a fancy dessert. Settle in with a good book, some friends to talk to or just hang out. You will surely get to know your neighbor and our great staff behind the bar.
Fonté Café & Wine Bar
1321 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
After 20 years of roasting premium coffee from its headquarters in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, Fonté Coffee Roaster opened its first café in downtown Seattle in August 2009. Located across from the Seattle Art Museum and steps from the Pike Place Market, the Fonté Café & Wine Bar offers a European bistro-style experience right in the heart of Seattle. You are welcome to stop in the cafe, or visit fontecoffee.com to purchase fresh roasted coffee online and have it delivered to your door.
1005 E. Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Caffe Vita has been roasting coffee in Seattle since 1995. Locally owned and artisanally roasted, they now operate nine cafes in the Pacific Northwest, a roasteria cafe in New York City, and will soon expand to Los Angeles. The cafes are reflections of the communities they serve, featuring work by local artists. Stop in for excellent espresso, coffee or tea, pastries, a chance to meet friends and neighbors or surf the Internet.