Sherif's compendium of good coffee shops ☕️
Ada's Technical Books and Cafe
425 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
- It's a cafe, a bookstore, the books are about technical nerdery, and it's named after Ada Lovelace.
- The book selection is great. As soon as I walked in I spotted this book on astrophotography which is something I've been trying to get good at, and I picked it up.
- Their pour over is what you would expect from a coffee shop that sets high expectations.
- Unfortunately, the one issue is that they don't have a ton of seating, which means that the only
place to sit when visiting on a Saturday were bar stools facing a wall. It's a popular joint, for good reason.
Elliott Bay Book Co. & Elliot Bay Café
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
- You're gonna say, "Sherif, the photo just shows books. This is a coffee shop page." And I'm gonna say, "dude, there is a coffee shop to the left of the frame of the photo which was taken
on the second floor of this unbelievable place, and because the place is so huge, I couldn't show you as many of the books as I wanted to and also include the coffee shop."
- I am happy to report that they make a really good mocha here, but also that it's a popular place with limited seating.
- Oh yeah, as if I needed more reasons to fall in love with this corner of the city, right across the street lives Everyday Music, the largest used vinyl and CDs store I have ever been in. They had a live band playing in a corner of the place, and when it got sunny outside, they opened the garage door facing the street, letting sunlight in and music out.
127 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
- Pictured: Great mocha.
- Nice view out the window when it's not busy.
- The two baristas have a thing for each other and it's painfully obvious and they need to do something about it already.
901 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
- Nice small place with a good amount of seating. Bonus points for a nice seating area upstairs.
- Great taste in music.
- Really good drip coffee. Mocha's not bad either. Not too sweet.
- They have a great selection of whole beans.
- Nice place to read a book.
La Marzocco Cafe
472, 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
- This place has it all. It has a coffee shop, a radio station (KEXP), a record store, an espresso machine show room, great music, and tons of different places to sit.
- Tied with Roy St Coffee & Tea for the best mocha I've had in Seattle.
- Great place to write code.
- Not a great place to read a book.
- That it's not a great place to read a book shouldn't be held against it. It's not for the same reason it's a great place to write code. Good loud music and lots of people moving around.
Roy Street Coffee & Tea
700 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
- The best mocha I've had in Seattle. Knocked it out of the park.
- The best chai tea latte too. Damn these people are caffeine scientists.
- The warmest interior I've seen in a coffee shop.
- Lots of people comfortably getting work done.
Seattle Coffee Works
107 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
- Pro: Very close to Pike Place Market.
- Con: Very close to Pike Place Market.
- As in, it's packed.
- At least on a Saturday, this place is not fit for writing code, reading a book, or meeting a friend.
- It is however fit for grabbing a really good coffee to go. They have the Starbucks reserve roasts there, and while they're pricey, they are delicious.
500 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
- Nice and very spacious interior.
- Lots of armchairs and comfortable seating.
- Very likely great to get some work done.
- A great place to read a book.
- I got the mocha generra, which is a mocha with an orange peel. It tasted okay, but was a bit too cold and could have tasted more like it had coffee in it.
- Pictured: a pole with a lot of foreign currency. Bonus points for worldliness.
Victrola Coffee Roasters
310 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
- Pictured: a great coffee flight/sampler. Espresso, drip coffee, and espresso with milk.
- This is a nice happy place. I get the feeling they adore making coffee. They got really excited when I ordered the flight.
- Nice place to read a book.
- Nice place to see fun dogs (or maybe I just got lucky).
- Being on what I consider to be the outskirts of Capitol Hill, there are a lot of interesting people and places to see nearby.
Zeitgeist Kunst & Kaffee
171 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA WA 98101
- Warm, relaxed interior with high ceilings and lots of seating.
- The drinks are decent. The choice of 'decent' instead of 'great' is more about personal preference than objective quality. Café au lait could have been a bit more café.
- One of my favorite details about this place: If you forget to bring reading material, they have some for you. A significant rack of newspapers, magazines, and books.
- Good place to get work done or read a book (a must for a good coffee shop). Better when it's less busy, but good even in the later Sunday afternoon.