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    GOOD coffee in Seattle/Eastside?

    I've been here for about 5 months now (almost) and still have yet to find any "good" coffee. Kind of ironic, but I've heard others say that it is ironic and there isn't any good coffee here in the Seattle area.

    Prove me wrong (please).

    Are there any really good coffee roasters and/or shops in the Seattle area (preferably eastside, but not a requirement)? Somewhere that has a lot of types and I can go in and smell them for myself to see what I like.

    I'd really love to find a coffee shop that served Kopi Luwak. I've always wanted to try that (without buying it @ $300/lb)? Any ideas?
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    Hmmm, can't find good coffee in Seattle. It's a tough life. I certainly don‘t rank myself among the best of coffee connoisseurs, but have you tried Espresso Vivace? I visited their store across the street from REI. Seemed to be as good as I've had, but that thought is only coming from an east sider, not a Seattleite.

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    Victors in Redmond is fantastic. Great coffee house!!!

    Other then your coffee "problems", how are you enjoying the Seattle area? Ain't she pretty!!!
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    I live in south King County, but work in Belltown. Here are some of my downtown Seattle favorites:

    Bellino's
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    I've been here for about 5 months now (almost) and still have yet to find any "good" coffee. Kind of ironic, but I've heard others say that it is ironic and there isn't any good coffee here in the Seattle area.

    Prove me wrong (please).

    Are there any really good coffee roasters and/or shops in the Seattle area (preferably eastside, but not a requirement)? Somewhere that has a lot of types and I can go in and smell them for myself to see what I like.

    I'd really love to find a coffee shop that served Kopi Luwak. I've always wanted to try that (without buying it @ $300/lb)? Any ideas?
    So when I show up on this Saturday this means I'm not going to get decent coffee? I don't want any of that Kopi Luwak, either !

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    The only coffee I want this time of year (rain and fog) is black Starbuck's Italian with Famous Grouse Irish whiskey. You can keep that Cupa Lojack for yourself.

    Come to Seattle and start dissin' our coffee. Puhlease!
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    I like Essential Baking in Freemont and Good News coffee in Maple Leaf (North Seattle) . West Seattle has the Alki Bakery (Great breakfast croissants too) and Easy Street. If ever in Everett a visit to Paves (Pav-ehs) for coffee and great baked goods is worthwhile.

    I can not help but notice the irony that you have pointed out about the coffee capitol of the world. It is not easy to find a really good cup of coffee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EffSizzle View Post
    Victors in Redmond is fantastic. Great coffee house!!!

    Other then your coffee "problems", how are you enjoying the Seattle area? Ain't she pretty!!!
    She's gorgeous. I love her.

    Victor's is my most recent attempt. It has a great look and atmosphere, but I wasn't overly impressed with the coffee. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't "great" either. I did buy a pound though to give it further testing at home.


    Quote Originally Posted by ngateguy View Post
    I like Essential Baking in Freemont and Good News coffee in Maple Leaf (North Seattle) . West Seattle has the Alki Bakery (Great breakfast croissants too) and Easy Street. If ever in Everett a visit to Paves (Pav-ehs) for coffee and great baked goods is worthwhile.

    I can not help but notice the irony that you have pointed out about the coffee capitol of the world. It is not easy to find a really good cup of coffee.
    Some of these I have heard of....I'll likely be giving them a try before too long. Yes, it is quite the irony.
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    Zoka Coffee in U-District ain't half bad either. As they're a BIG supporter of the local racing scene (BIG supporter) they automatically get support in my book.

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    You've been here five months and you still haven't found good coffee?????? Come ON now, that's like saying you've been here five months and haven't seen Puget Sound yet.

    I will admit, being stuck on the Eastside puts you at a distinct disadvantage. Blech. the Eastside is built in the best spirit of the homogeneous, dystopic american suburbia model.

    Zoka, Lighthouse Roasters, Cafe Ladro, Vivace all rate as some of the best locals.

    For fresssh roasted beans, Lighthouse up in Fremont.
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    I vote for Vivace and Fiore as my local favorites. Of course you could always ride up to Best Friends Espresso in Kenmore or Cowgirls in Tukwila, but its more about the service at that point


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    Quote Originally Posted by octopuswithafez View Post
    I vote for Vivace and Fiore as my local favorites. Of course you could always ride up to Best Friends Espresso in Kenmore or Cowgirls in Tukwila, but its more about the service at that point

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    sorry, but the 'eastside' is not Seattle

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanspeer View Post
    Zoka Coffee in U-District ain't half bad either. As they're a BIG supporter of the local racing scene (BIG supporter) they automatically get support in my book.
    Interesting...I went to some races in Redmond a few months ago and saw a lot of racers with Zoka kids, but had no idea what Zoka was.
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    Vivace. Hands down.
    Other good choices, already mentioned, are Zoka and Lighthouse.
    If you get down to Pioneer Square, Cafe Umbria is outstanding as well.

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    I tried Victrola's today (over near Pike place...at least location I went to). That was a damn good cup of coffee.
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    Java Bean in Ballard has the consistently best drip coffee I've ever had at a coffee house. Nervous Nellie's, also in Ballard, serves press coffee that is always incredibly good. Other than that, it varies for drip coffee from time to time and day to day, even at the same place. The second best cup of drip I ever had was at a Starbucks somewhere in Sacramento, CA...

    For espresso drinks, Uptown, Zoka and Ladro both have (usually) great stuff, but there are plenty of non-local-chain places that serve good stuff. Essential in Fremont, Besalu in Ballard (also has the best pastries on the planet, yes, seriously, look them up on Yelp, and expect a long line), Zingaro in Lower Queen Anne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randya View Post
    sorry, but the 'eastside' is not Seattle
    Tell me about it. I've been here...um...3 weeks, and even I can see the suburban horror of the Eastside. No offence to East side King County people here (come on, now, I'm residing in Renton at the moment), but I got lost in Redmond on a bicycle ride this past week, and I NEVER want to go back there again

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    It's just the bizarre grid system that's got you confused! I live on a street which starts off as 120th Street, turns into 120th Place where I live, and the SAME STREET ends up as 121st Street which then dies out. A quarter of a mile away, 120th Street reappears...


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    Actually, no. I got lost because apparently my copy of the King County Bicycling Guidemap is outdated. There were streets on the map that weren't there when I pedaled to the locations, and vice-versa. Redmond just seemed like the "Seattle" version of Fairfax, Virginia to me. If you've ever heard what I have to say about Fairfax, it isn't nice

    What happened was, I started off in Montlake, rode to the Burke-Gilman trail in the U-district of Seattle, and was figuring on going around Lake Washington. Then I ended up on the Sammamish River Trail and took that all the way to Redmond. I couldn't find the Velodrome, though Then I got lost trying to find a way south, but luckily I found a bus route that could take me back to my uncle's house

    If anybody here was riding on either of those trails on the day I was riding, well, I was the guy on the black Giant OCR1 chanting, "Down, up, up, down" while trying to figure out which of my 4 STI shifter paddles did what. After that experience, I hate STI shifting, and I'll stick to bar-ends whenever I buy any new road bikes in the future, including the "Lance-wannabe" racing types. Thankfully, the triathlon bikes use bar-cons, too (I'm interested in doing Tri's, you see). Too much of my concentration had to go into figuring out which shifter did what that I didn't get to enjoy riding a bike as much.

    I currently reside in a cul-de-sac pretty darn close to downtown Renton, about 5 minutes driving. I would ride around here, except that the big hill going up and down close to my uncle's house has insanely fast traffic. The posted speed limit is 35 MPH, but I know what 35 is like, because most of the roads I've ridden back in California were 35 MPH roads, and these cars go over the speed limit here for sure. I'm planning on moving out into a studio around Downtown Seattle once I find work around these parts. I'll take vibrant city life over boring, nothing to do suburbs every time I can.

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    Are you talking about Benson/108th SE?

    I go up that thing all the time, but always ride on the sidewalk for that stretch. It's about the ONLY time I ride on the sidewalk, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fat_bike_nut View Post
    Actually, no. I got lost because apparently my copy of the King County Bicycling Guidemap is outdated. There were streets on the map that weren't there when I pedaled to the locations, and vice-versa. Redmond just seemed like the "Seattle" version of Fairfax, Virginia to me. If you've ever heard what I have to say about Fairfax, it isn't nice

    What happened was, I started off in Montlake, rode to the Burke-Gilman trail in the U-district of Seattle, and was figuring on going around Lake Washington. Then I ended up on the Sammamish River Trail and took that all the way to Redmond. I couldn't find the Velodrome, though Then I got lost trying to find a way south, but luckily I found a bus route that could take me back to my uncle's house

    If anybody here was riding on either of those trails on the day I was riding, well, I was the guy on the black Giant OCR1 chanting, "Down, up, up, down" while trying to figure out which of my 4 STI shifter paddles did what. After that experience, I hate STI shifting, and I'll stick to bar-ends whenever I buy any new road bikes in the future, including the "Lance-wannabe" racing types. Thankfully, the triathlon bikes use bar-cons, too (I'm interested in doing Tri's, you see). Too much of my concentration had to go into figuring out which shifter did what that I didn't get to enjoy riding a bike as much.

    I currently reside in a cul-de-sac pretty darn close to downtown Renton, about 5 minutes driving. I would ride around here, except that the big hill going up and down close to my uncle's house has insanely fast traffic. The posted speed limit is 35 MPH, but I know what 35 is like, because most of the roads I've ridden back in California were 35 MPH roads, and these cars go over the speed limit here for sure. I'm planning on moving out into a studio around Downtown Seattle once I find work around these parts. I'll take vibrant city life over boring, nothing to do suburbs every time I can.
    Dude, if you got "lost" in Redmond and couldn't find the velodrome then it's YOUR FAULT, not Redmond's or East King County's.

    The Sammamish Trail takes you to Marymoor Park. You can't miss it, it's HUGE. You then follow the road leading through the park until the velodrome appears on the left. Can't miss that one either.

    Sorry man, it just sounds like you're whining.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EffSizzle View Post
    Dude, if you got "lost" in Redmond and couldn't find the velodrome then it's YOUR FAULT, not Redmond's or East King County's.

    The Sammamish Trail takes you to Marymoor Park. You can't miss it, it's HUGE. You then follow the road leading through the park until the velodrome appears on the left. Can't miss that one either.

    Sorry man, it just sounds like you're whining.
    I don't know--I was riding on the trail through Marymoor with people who knew where they were going, and if they hadn't turned at the right place I don't know if I would have recognised the Velodrome for what it was...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EffSizzle View Post
    Dude, if you got "lost" in Redmond and couldn't find the velodrome then it's YOUR FAULT, not Redmond's or East King County's.

    The Sammamish Trail takes you to Marymoor Park. You can't miss it, it's HUGE. You then follow the road leading through the park until the velodrome appears on the left. Can't miss that one either.

    Sorry man, it just sounds like you're whining.
    When I was referring to Redmond, it wasn't in reference to my not finding the velodrome, k? I know that being lost was my fault. However, what I felt about Redmond had absolutely nothing to do with all that you mentioned above. I'm sorry if I came off sounding like that.

    Edit: Sorry about the thread hijack, KingTermite. I won't be posting here again unless it's about coffee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fat_bike_nut View Post
    Actually, no. I got lost because apparently my copy of the King County Bicycling Guidemap is outdated. There were streets on the map that weren't there when I pedaled to the locations, and vice-versa. Redmond just seemed like the "Seattle" version of Fairfax, Virginia to me. If you've ever heard what I have to say about Fairfax, it isn't nice

    .
    Off topic but I do like this analogy...I just got back from visiting my hometown in NoVA. It made me realize why I moved to Spokane. Back to the topic, sort of; there is indeed NO good coffee in Redmond, er, I mean Fairfax VA.

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