Best Coffee Shop in Seattle
It’s no secret that Seattle is known for its superb coffee, but some coffee shops moonlight as other venues.
Porchlight Coffee and Records is a combination coffee and record store in the Seattle area. The shop opened in 2009 and has since changed locations, but only moving several blocks over.
The simple coffee shop features several tables and chairs and a coffee bar. The shop also doubles as a record store.
The shop features simple coffee beverages like brewed coffee, cappuccinos, espressos, chai, as well as Italian soda and Mexican Coke made with cane sugar. In addition to coffee drinks the shop also serves classic bottled beer.
In addition to beverages, patrons can also nibble on traditional coffee shop fare including Mighty O Donuts, Zatz Bagels with your choice of regular or Tofutti cream cheese, Molly’s wraps, salads and sandwiches, Macrina Pastries, and Granola.
20 Best Coffee Shops in Seattle
Seattle is known around the world as the epicenter of craft coffee, home to the original second-wave coffee juggernaut Starbucks. Second- and third-wave coffee roasters have sprung up throughout the city ever since, tracked on the city's official Seattle Coffee Heatmap. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
Since opening a small coffee cart in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood in 1988, Vivace has been on an espresso vision quest. To find the best shot, they’ve tricked out machines, modified equipment, and ignored trends. You won’t find any Chemex or V60s here. But the result of all that tinkering and toiling is the city’s (dare I say country’s?) very most perfect espresso. Roasted a few shades lighter that the traditional Northern Italian style, Vivace’s espresso is caramelly sweet, and you can sip it all day. But if you only have time to order one thing, go with Vivace’s macchiato. Like magic, adding a few ounces of milk to the equation makes for a heartbreakingly good drink.
Where to Get Some of the Best Coffee in Seattle
In Seattle, coffee shops and cafes line the streets, from the city's native juggernaut, Starbucks, to the most quaint, precious pour-over stands this side of the Cascades. Anyone seeking the latest, buzziest additions should check out the Seattle Coffee Heatmap (which features cafes that opened over the past six months), but this guide is for the city’s most tried-and-true jolts for every palate, from widely acclaimed roasters to seasoned latte artists, from growing local chains to single location mom-and-pops. Sip and enjoy.
Note: All of the places listed offer takeout, retail, or delivery options, but a handful also have limited dine-in service based on what’s currently allowed. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on local coronavirus cases, please visit the official King County’s COVID page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
Where to Buy the Best Coffee Beans in Seattle, WA
I highly encourage you to buy these coffee beans directly from the small batch Seattle coffee roasters’ websites. However, if you’re from Seattle you’ll find a lot of these beans at local grocery stores like Town & Country, PCC, Whole Foods, and more. I’ve noted below which coffee beans are available at which grocery stores.
You can also visit one of these small batch coffee roasters’ Seattle coffee shops to sample their coffee and grab a bag. While all of them got their start in Seattle, there are a few that have been fortunate enough to expand and open cafes in cities around the US.
Tips for Buying and Brewing Seattle Coffee Beans
When you buy coffee beans from Seattle, I highly encourage you to keep these things in mind:
- There are two types of beans in the word: Arabica and Robusta. Robusta beans are cheaper because they are pollinated by animals and nature, whereas Arabica beans self pollinate. Because they’re more affordable, Robusta beans are the type places like Starbucks uses. You want to buy coffee from Seattle that use Arabica beans.
- In general, medium and light roasts are best for tasting the nuances of the beans.
- Blends tend to be more affordable than single-origin beans, but single-origin gives a truer essence of the region and can’t hide imperfections like a blend can.
- Buy whole beans and grind them at home when you’re ready to brew for optimal flavor. I have a cheap Kruger electric grinder (labeled coffee, so I don’t accidentally grind spices in it!).
- When you’re at the store, look at the roasting date when you buy beans. Be wary of bags that don’t have any. Note that when you buy online, you’re typically getting beans delivered that were recently roasted.
- Use your beans within about a week of buying them to get the freshest flavors.
- Store your beans in a cool, dark place like a cabinet. Don’t freeze them. This is an old wives’ tale.
- If you fall in love with a coffee, make note of what you like about them so the next time you buy you can start looking for flavor notes that jive with your palate. For example, I love smooth, chocolate-y coffees best, so I’m a sucker for bags that say things like “cocoa, molasses, sweet”.
In terms of brewing, all of these best coffee beans from Seattle will do well using any brewing method. However, I highly encourage you to try brewing your coffee using a French press, AeroPress, or pour over method. These coax out the flavors more than drip coffee machines and give you a really great sense of the beans.
Fun facts about brewing coffee:
I only learned in my late 20s how to use a drip coffee machine. That’s because I’ve always used a French press, and still do daily to this day. I took an Airbnb experience about brewing the perfect French press cup and here is what I learned:
- For a 12 oz. cup of coffee, use 1/2 oz. of coffee in a coarse grind bigger than granulated sugar.
- Heat 16 oz. water to 203°F. To achieve this, get it to a boil and then let sit for about 30 seconds. You don’t want to put boiling water on your beans.
- Right before you’re ready to pour the water in the French press, run it under hot water. Putting your hot water in a cold vessel will bring the water temperature down. After you do this, add your coffee grounds.
- When you pour in your hot water, move the kettle to try and cover the grounds evenly with as little water as possible at first to create what’s called a “bloom”. This helps aerate the coffee. After this, add the rest of the water.
- Steep for 4 minutes before plunging the French press and enjoying your coffee.
I used this method for a coffee we originally brewed differently and didn’t like, but after using this method it was way better! We originally thought it was too bitter, but learned that if your coffee is bitter it’s over extracted. In the future, you can balance bitterness by making the grounds less course and playing around with the steep time or amount of water. On the other hand, if the coffee is acidic it’s under extracted…or was sitting too long. As coffee gets colder it gets more acidic.
The above brewing method is for French press, but I also have an AeroPress that’s perfect for camping or trips because it packs light and makes single cups. Pour overs take the most time, but are generally best for those who prefer that tea-like texture to their coffee and don’t add milk or cream. I’d say pour over gives you the truest taste of the coffee beans, which is why it’s popular method for coffee purists.
And please…don’t use sugar regardless of your brewing method. Hell, most purist say don’t even use milk or cream. I pour milk, never cream, in my mug before pouring in coffee (pro tip, since this naturally “mixes” the milk in without having to dirty a spoon), but when I try a new coffee I always taste it black first.
The Best Coffee Beans in Seattle
Here are my favorite coffee beans to brew at home from small batch roasters. I put them in loose order, starting with my favorites that I buy again and again. As I try more Seattle coffee, I’ll update this list. So pin this coffee guide for later!
website | 5600 Rainier Ave S (Hillman City) | monthly subscription available
Onda Origins is a newer Seattle coffee roaster. It uses cryptocurrency to share earnings from each bag sold directly with the farmer who grew the bag you buy. This allows for a truly traceable method of payment to ensure farmers are getting paid fairly.
As a consumer, I love how each single-origin coffee bean bag comes with a picture of your farmer and more information about him or her. My favorite beans come from Kiko Ribeiro out of Brazil (
$14). His beans are light roasted and create a creamy, chocolatey coffee free of that sooty roasted flavor. It tastes creamy and has notes of praline when you make it in a French press.
You can order directly from Onda Origins online or pick it up at its Hillman City location in south Seattle. It’s also sold at Metropolitan Markets and Whole Foods around Seattle.
website | multiple locations in Seattle, Bellevue, and Issaquah | monthly subscription available
Anchorhead was started by two ex-audio engineers selling cold-brewed coffee at farmers markets around Seattle. They focus on beans best brewed by the pour-over method, but I use a French press and their beans are still phenomenal.
My favorite bags are the Narwhal blend (
$15) and the Costa Rica El Cedral Natural (
$20). The Narwhal blend is silky smooth, with slightly acidic fruity notes at the end. It tastes exceptional both black and with some cream. The Cedral Natural starts with a subtle marshmallow-like sweetness at first, but then mellows out with a fruity cherry zing that lingers on the palate.
Boon Boona Coffee
website | 724 S 3rd St (Renton) | monthly subscription available
This Black-owned Renton coffee shop sources beans directly from Africa. You can buy unroasted beans if you want to recreate the East African traditional ceremony of taking green unroasted coffee, pan roasting it, and brewing it in the clay pot known as a Jebena.
I bought the roasted Kii Kenya bag (
$21) and was blown away by its flavor and texture. It was creamy and smooth with flavors of hazelnut, caramel, and chocolate. It wasn’t bitter at all, but rather left a long sweet finish perfect for perking up your morning ritual.
website | multiple locations in Seattle, Portland, New York City, and Los Angeles | monthly subscription available
Caffe Vita started in lower Queen Anne back in 1995. It’s still independently owned, but has since expanded to open 13 locations across the US. This is one of the biggest Seattle coffee roasters on this list, but that’s because it makes some damn good coffee beans. Despite its size, Caffe Vita works directly with farmers to ensure fair wages and quality.
My favorite coffee beans from Caffe Vita are the Theo Blend (
$17). It’s roasted in partnership with one of the best chocolate made in Seattle and tastes like milk chocolate.
You can buy Caffe Vita coffee beans directly online or at any of its locations. You’ll also often see bags available at local Seattle grocery stores like Town & Country Markets and Whole Foods.
Q.E.D. is a micro roaster that focuses on the craft and geekery around coffee roasting. The name’s origin says it all. According to its website, “QED is a statement of completion used at the end of mathematical proofs. It signifies the conclusion of a specific intention – essentially saying, ‘I have achieved what I set out to do and I am ready to share it with the world.’ That is exactly what QEDcoffee is about. Through the art of roasting, we strive to showcase the best flavors a coffee has to offer, and we are ready to show it off, one cup at a time.”
I’m not sure what mathematical proofs are, but I know Q.E.D. is making some damn good coffee. My favorite beans to bring home are the Colombia – La Martinez (
$17). This smooth light roast has a slightly sour cherry taste at first, but then mellows out into a creamy milk chocolate flavor.
Seattle Coffee Works
website | multiple locations in Ballard, Downtown, South Lake Union, and Capitol Hill | monthly subscriptions available
This is a popular spot for locals to park for hours and bum wifi while enjoying incredible coffee. I interviewed the owners of Seattle Coffee Works for my self-guided Seattle food tour of Ballard. During that interview I learned just how serious they are about coffee. They work directly with farmers and take coffee so seriously, they send their staff to a coffee farm in Guatemala to learn everything they can about where the coffee they sell comes from. If you’re interested, my food tour includes a fascinating interview with them about how they got started and some of the injustices of the coffee industry.
Seattle Coffee Works focuses on roasting beans so that you can taste the fruit, since at the end of the day coffee is a fruit and it wants to make sure we know it. While I’ve enjoyed every flavor I’ve tasted from them, one of my favorite take-home coffee bean bags is the Seattle Sunrise (
$15). It has a lighter viscosity than some of the other coffees on this list. You can taste a slightly acidic fruit at the end, versus a thick and chocolatey flavor like other coffees.
Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie
website | 19529 Vashon Hwy SW (Vashon Island) | monthly subscription available
This little coffee roastery is just outside of Seattle on Vashon Island, but the first time I had it’s coffee was by picking up a bag at a local grocer. It was that bag that got me to start writing down the best coffee beans in Seattle.
That bag was the Guatemalan Reserve (
$11). It’s made from a blend of beans grown in volcanic areas of Guatemala. If you look closely this light roast coffee has a tint of red, which is fitting given it’s origin. In terms of flavor, expect a smooth palate with some spice.
If you visit Vashon Island, make sure to visit their roastery to fuel up before trying all the Vashon Island restaurants.
Zoka Coffee Roasters
website | multiple locations in Green Lake, South Lake Union, University District, and Kirkland | monthly subscriptions available
Zoka will always hold a quirky place in my memory. When I first moved to Seattle, I joined a foodie meet-up group to try and make friends (are meet-ups still a thing?!). One of our first meet-ups was at Zoka in Green Lake, where I remember having this intense conversation about who-knows-what with this dude named Zoltan.
Anyway, memories aside, Zoka Coffee makes some damn good coffee. My favorite coffee bean hag to take home is Tangletown (
$16). It’s highly acidic and makes you pucker a bit compared to others, but I wouldn’t call it sour. Instead it finishes smooth. This coffee is especially good without milk if you like to take your coffee black.
website | 590 Bell St (Belltown) | monthly subscriptions available
Fulcrum is a newer Seattle coffee company that formed when Silver Cup and Urban City roasters joined forces. It’s roasting program is led by a fifth-generation coffee farmer and the business focuses on helping micro-entrepreneurs get started opening coffee shops serving Fulcrum’s line of coffees.
For example, one coffee shop they support and that sells their Silver City coffee line is The Station in Beacon Hill. Owners Luis and Leona opened their tiny independent coffee shop as a place welcoming and representative of BIPOC and LGBQTIA+. They make an effort to ensure their employees represent as many of these identities as possible, and also sought out permission from the Duwamish Tribe before opening.
One of my favorite Fulcrum coffee bags is the single-origin coffee, Thailand Som Poi (
$14). It’s super smooth and sweet, leaving an after taste of molasses and caramel on your palate. There’s absolutely no smokiness or bitterness, so this Seattle coffee is perfect for those who hate dark roasts.
website | online & retail only | monthly subscriptions available
Kuma means “bear” in Japanese, and its packaging with a big bear across the bag is hard to miss on grocery shelves and cafes around the country. However, it all started when owner Peter Mark started tinkering with coffee roasting in his Seattle garage after moving back to the States from Japan. He named his operation after his shaggy dog that he named “Kuma” because of his bear-like appearance.
Despite having nationwide presence and shipping nationally via online orders, they’re still a nimble team roasting in the Interbay neighborhood. They’re making some really awesome coffee beans, such as the seasonal Bear Claus holiday blend (
$17) that finishes with a tea-like lightness and fruity zing, or the limited-edition Las Flores, Honduras (
$18) that tastes like chocolate hazelnut and coffee.
Pilgrim Coffee Roasters
website | 1002 Aurora Ave N (Greenwood) | monthly subscriptions available
Who would have thought one of my new favorite coffee beans in Seattle would come out of a food truck in north Seattle? It was started by a bunch of friends who thought the community needed a local hangout spot. So they raised crowd-funded capital and opened up their vintage truck.
Pilgrim’s PERU Cajamarca beans (
$18) are phenomenal. They are smooth and creamy with an interesting fruity finish. It runs right in the middle of the spectrum of being smooth for all palates, but then have a bit of complexity that makes serious coffee snobs go, “What was that?”
True North Coffee Roasters
website | retail and wholesale only
True North Coffee Roasters was founded by two ex-software professionals passionate about quality coffee. Their roastery is located in Ballard near some of the best Seattle breweries, but they don’t have a cafe. Instead, they keep costs down by shipping directly to consumers or working with retailers to sell their best coffee beans in Seattle.
My favorite bag is the Stacyas Blend (
$16), though I’ve seen it as low as $9 in grocery stores). It’s a medium roast blend with of beans from Guatemala and Indonesia that has a chocolatey start and citrusy finish.
You can buy bags directly from True North via its website or at many local Seattle grocery stores.
Elm Coffee Roasters
website | 230 9th Ave N (South Lake Union) and 240 2nd Ave S (Pioneer Square) | monthly subscriptions available
This is another popular Seattle coffee shop for spending hours while you use their wifi and sip coffee. Elm Coffee Roasters was started by a Seattle native who went to New York, but came home to start a coffee company. While its beans can skew a bit more expensive, the team’s focus on sourcing quality beans directly from farmers is evident.
While I find lot of the beans from Elm interesting, I can’t stop thinking about the single-origin coffee, Colombia Jonathan Caicedo (
$24). It’s a light roast coffee grown by a 19 year old farmer who is doing interesting things with the coffee cherry, the part of the coffee plant that is usually discarded but has the potential to be the next big superfood. The result is a smooth coffee that has some floral notes at end.
Stamp Act Coffee
website | online only | monthly subscription available
Stamp Act is a super small micro roaster in Seattle without a cafe. Owner Andrew has a long track record of working in the coffee history. He started as a barista in Seattle before working alongside coffee growers in Ethiopia. From there he started a roasting company in Singapore before jumping ship to Australia to help a local coffee roaster there. Now he’s back in Seattle making excellent small batch coffee.
If you’re a history buff, you’ll recognize the name. The Stamp Act caused us to kicked tea in the harbor and start a revolution, while embracing coffee as our drink of choice.
The Finca El Arrollo beans (
$17.50) I tried recently from Guatemala was incredibly smooth. The flavor profile changes from some acid and fig at the start to cocoa at the end. I found it complex and interesting, a cup that will make you tilt your head like a dog wondering about that sound you’re making.
website | 2955 4th Ave N (Fremont) | monthly subscription available
This little coffee shop’s bike-lovin’ owners is producing some seriously good coffee in Fremont, one of my favorite neighborhoods for a Seattle food tour. They deliver coffee by bike around Seattle and made their coffee shop a tiny bike-up drive through in the parking lot of the Nickerson Saloon. It also offers public cuppings for those who want to learn how to taste coffee properly.
My favorite beans to take home are the Westlake Avenue (
$14). This medium-light roast has a subtle after taste of marzipan when you add milk. If you make it by the pour-over method, it’ll result in a satisfying tea-like viscosity.
Mythic Coffee is one of the newer roasters to the coffee scene. Co-owner Jason worked in coffee for 15 years before breaking out on his own. They source green coffee beans from Mercon Specialty, an importer that works directly with farmers to source sustainable beans.
My favorite of their beans is the light Glitter Maiden coffee beans (
$15). It has a beautifully soft mouthfeel and cocoa-y flavors that feel light thanks to citrus notes.
website | 532 Broadway E (Capitol Hill) and 227 Yale Ave N (South Lake Union) | monthly subscription available
If you love espresso, this small-batch Seattle coffee roaster is for you. Espresso Vivace was started in the early 1990s after its now-owner traveled to Italy. It focuses on northern Italian-style coffee, which roasts and blends mild arabica beans with the goal of coaxing out as much of their caramelized sugar content as possible.
I had to Google what “arabica” beans meant and learned that its a species of coffee beans. Apparently, there are two types: arabica and robusta. Arabica is used by around 60% of the coffee industry because they lead to milder flavors thanks to their higher lipid and sugar content. Robusta is easier to grow, but results in a darker flavor that some equate to rubber or burnt tires. My assumption is that a lot of the shitty coffee I tried growing up used these latter beans, which made me think I hated coffee.
My favorite of Espresso Vivace’s coffee beans to take home is the Brazilian (
$18.50). It tastes like espresso with that roasted flavor, but finished smoother than others. You won’t taste that sooty “dark roasted” flavor characteristic of most traditional Italian-style espressos, which in my book is desirable.
Velton’s Coffee Roasting Co.
Velton Ross basically grew up in the coffee industry. He started at 18 working in coffee shops, then went on to run coffee shop legends like BauHaus and opening a Top Pot location before moving to roasting. He has a few blends, but mostly focuses on single-origin blends that he roasts out of Everett. You can find his coffee in a lot of Seattle coffee shops, like Tougo Coffee and Chocolat Vitale.
While Velton is known for single-origin, his blends are mighty good. Try the Bonsai Blend ($16) if it’s available. It’s smooth and creamy with notes of milk chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, strawberry, and citrus.
Wilton Coffee Company
website | online only | monthly subscription available
Wilton is a new coffee roaster based in Seattle that sells direct to consumer. They focus on single-origin beans and teaching people how to brew coffee properly.
If available, get the Ethiopia, Guji coffee ($17). It’s sweet and creamy with notes of almonds, marzipan, and cocoa.
Pollard Per Se
website | online & retail only | monthly subscription available
Robin Pollard grew up in a farming family in Iowa and later went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Agriculture and worked for the Missouri Department of Agriculture. All of this is to say she knows how to make beverages that honor the terroir of where it’s from. In fact, she also grows grapes for her wine label, which is heralded for being some of the best wines from Washington State.
If available, try her Kenya ($19) or Guatemala ($18) single-origin coffee beans. The Kenyan one is smooth with notes of almond and citrus. You know that dryness you get after drinking black tea? This coffee has a bit of that.
The Guatemalan is also smooth, but with more caramel and pecan flavors.
website | 7320 Greenwood Ave N (Phinney Ridge), 5611 University Way NE (Ravenna), & 901 Dexter Ave N (South Lake Union) | monthly subscriptions available
Herkimer was one of the first coffee roasters I fell in love with in Seattle. When I first moved here, I idolized my sister and brother-in-law (shh don’t tell them). They turned me onto this place and it’s held a special place in my heart ever since.
All of the beans I’ve bought from Herkimer are good, but I often grab the affordable bag of Drip (
$13). It’s smokier and has less fruit or acid notes than others, but is a solid cup of coffee (especially with milk!).
Victrola Coffee Roasters
website | multiple locations in Capitol Hill, Downtown, and Beacon Hill | monthly subscriptions available
Victrola is another OG roaster of some of the best Seattle coffee beans. It’s staff is also a dream: I worked with them to host a public cupping and latte art work event to learn how to taste coffee. It was fascinating, but also a first-hand sighting of just how serious their roasters take coffee. Hearing them talk about tasting hundreds of cups, like, a week and trying to mimic their difficult technique for properly tasting coffee was humbling. You can also visit their roasting location in Capitol Hill to get a glimpse at how they roast beans.
If you like darker roasts, try Victrola’s Triborough blend (
$14.50). It’s smokier and darker than I like so I usually pick up other bags, but its website claims it’s a crowd pleaser.
Port Town Coffee Roasters
Port Town is a newer micro coffee roaster in Seattle owned by Will Lynch. The name is inspired by the old ports and harbors where he grew up in coastal Rhode Island, which he thinks is similar to Seattle.
He primarily purchases green coffee through a Seattle-based importer he trusts and roasts light to medium beans. I recently tried their Tanzania Shilanga (
$17) and loved how smooth this light/medium bodied coffee was. It had notes of marzipan at the end, but wasn’t super hit-you-in-the-face with flavor. This is the perfect Seattle coffee for those that prefer milder coffees.
Broadcast Coffee Roasters
website | multiple locations in Central District and Roosevelt | monthly subscriptions available
Broadcast Coffee wins for the most beautiful package design. The name is a nod to the owners family history running radio stations in Idaho. The first bag of coffee I ordered from them was the Breaker 9, which was a bit too dark roasted for me.
However, when I tried their Guatemala Miramundo beans (
$21)…wow oh wow. It’s smooth and creamy with a marzipan and fruity finish. It’s a medium roast that has some heft that stands up against a splash of milk.
website | multiple locations throughout Seattle and Portland | monthly subscriptions available
Caffe Umbria got its start roasting beans in the 1940s in Perugia, Italy. The family moved to Seattle, but has since expanded nationwide with a heavy emphasis on wholesale. They focus on Italian-style espresso coffee. Umbria is a good option for people who like darker roasts, but want to try something beyond a French roast.
I’m not a big dark roast fan, though, but found their The Gusto Crema option ($13) to be a smooth medium roast I enjoy.
Ugly Mug Coffee Roasters
This micro roaster had been on my list for awhile, but they took a break from roasting when I first heard about them. I recently tried their Colombia La Primavera Huila coffee ($17) and immediately understood why they say on their website they focus on balance. It was smooth and creamy with a touch of acidity at the end. It wasn’t as pronounced as other coffees I’ve had, which is perfect for those times you just want a no-fuss cup of coffee you can rely on.
website | 6630 Rainier Ave S (Rainier Valley) | monthly subscription available
This Black-owned Rainier Beach coffee shop pronounced “ah-bohl” serves Ethiopian coffee. It was opened by young entrepreneur, Solomon, right out of college who crowdsourced funds when he couldn’t get a loan. Now his cafe is a gathering spot for food and Jabena, coffee brewed using the traditional African method.
The bags are a bit pricey compared to others on this list at about $25, but the Avole X beans I tried was good. It was medium with ever-so-slight dark notes, but overall it drank smooth instead of sooty like traditional dark roasts.
This Black-owned cafe in south Seattle serves super small-batch beans from Ethiopia alongside spices, meals, and my beloved wine. I recently tried their Yirgacheffe beans (
$10) and enjoyed how it was big and bold. It tasted like marzipan at first, but then mellowed out into that dark coffee flavor without feeling like a heavy French roast. Coffee drinkers who enjoy bold, but not dark roast coffees will enjoy this coffee.
This button of a coffee shop feels like one of the last hidden spots in Seattle. It’s in the middle of a artsy neighborhood off busy streets and is easy to miss. It uses a vintage cast-iron roaster to roast small batches of beans every day.
My favorite bag to buy is the Lighthouse Blend (
$16). It’s a medium roast that uses beans from Latin America to create a chocolatey-smooth cup.
Thin Man Coffee
website | 5609 Corson Ave S (The Corson Building in Georgetown)
Thin Man Roasting is honestly one of the most elusive coffee roasters in Seattle. I learned of it from The Corson Building’s newsletter. It started selling this coffee from its neighbor, Larry Naylor, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since I hadn’t heard of Thin Man before, I started looking into it. Literally, there’s nothing on the internet about this Larry person. Fascinated, I bought a bag.
At the time of writing this, The Corson Building was selling bags of Larry’s Columbian Huila Monserrate (
$18). This medium roast has that roasted, smoky note, but it’s not overwhelming and finishes with big flavors of chocolate and plum toward the end.
website | 2524 S Jackson St (Central District) | subscriptions available
Fundamental should probably be your go-to coffee roaster if you love dark, French roasts. This company’s website is full of content showing its staff truly geeks out over the science of coffee. I find its coffee a bit too dark roasted for my tastes, but people like my parents who love intense coffees should try this place.
Bring More of Seattle Home
If you think Seattle coffee roasters take their craft seriously, you should check out other small batch makers.
Slate offers a tasting ritual upon ordering presenting coffee goers with a tray that contains three small wine glasses. From left to right you’ll encounter a single espresso shot, a glass of steamed milk and a latte (or the union of the milk and espresso). Your barista will encourage you to sip them in the same order.
The deconstructed latte – This three-part sipper allows for a deep dive on the exquisite qualities of the espresso as well as the sweet nature of the organic milk from a dairy where Jersey cows are grass fed.
Best Flavored Coffee 2021
Since many of us don’t like the taste of coffee as others do, brands all over the world have begun to produce flavored coffee. It is available in all types of flavors and can help you get used to its original taste or just simply provide you with an alternative for your morning routine or for when guests arrive.
Some of them can also be served cold, making them a great addition for a trip outdoors on a hot summer day. Many brands claim that their product is the best, which can make it hard to find the right one for you.
To make your search easier, we compared brands, product quality and user ratings to bring you a review of the 10 best flavored coffee products currently on the market.
1. Starbucks Flavored Ground Coffee
Let’s start our top 10 list with one of the most popular brands currently in the coffee business. Starbucks doesn’t only have its coffee shops, but also provides its customers with ground coffee at home.
Why go outside your house if you can simply taste their unique blend at home? This particular product includes 3 separate packs with the flavors caramel, hazelnut and vanilla. Each pack weighs 11 ounces and offers you 3 different flavors from which you can then choose your favorite.
All in all, it has been purchased many times, while retaining its overall great rating, making it fit to be called one of the best flavored coffee products.
2. Dunkin’ Bakery Series Cinnamon Roll
Another favorite among the crowd, but this time from the brand Dunkin’. It is especially well known and popular in the USA. This particular product features a package of ground coffee that weighs 11 ounces. Its specialty is that it is cinnamon roll flavored, giving you a great coffee option if you like this particular sweet taste.
With many great ratings on Amazon and huge popularity among a lot of people, it has more than enough great features to be called one of the best flavored coffee products currently on Amazon.
3. Dunkin’ Bakery Series Caramel Coffee Cake
We decided to feature two Dunkin’ products one after another since both have huge popularity at the moment. Like the one before, this one also holds 11 ounces of ground coffee. But this time its special flavor is caramel coffee cake. It promises a smooth and rich taste that will leave you or your guests speechless when consumed.
This product also has huge popularity among many people and great ratings on Amazon, making it fit to take a place on our list of the 10 best flavored coffee products.
4. Seattle’s Best Coffee Toasted Hazelnut
The next product is brought to you by the brand Seattle’s Best Coffee. It features a 12-ounce pack of ground coffee with the flavor of toasted hazelnuts. Only the best coffee beans were used in the production of it. It offers a sweet aroma with notes of hazelnuts, making it very popular among many people.
Since it has several thousand great ratings on Amazon and many people that claim it to be one of the best flavored coffee products, it is more than good enough to take a place on our list.
5. Happy Belly Hazelnut Flavored Coffee
Since we mentioned so many well-known brands, how could we forget to mention Amazon itself? This product features a 12-ounce pack of ground coffee with hazelnut flavor. The fact that it is also Kosher just additionally makes it popular among many people. The brand is also confident in its product enough to offer a full refund if not satisfied with it for any reason.
Not only does the product’s great flavor put it onto our list, but also the fact that Amazon gives a lot of attention to producing high-quality products for its customers.
6. Eight O’Clock Vermont Maple Bourbon
Another great brand that features one of their products on our list. Eight O’Clock Coffee has been on the market for quite some time and practically hasn’t let us down with its unique and great assortment of flavors. This particular product features a maple bourbon flavor and is crafted out of pure Arabica coffee beans. The whole package contains 11 ounces.
Because of the great demand that people have for this product and the great rating it has, it is more than good enough to be listed in this review.
7. Eight O’Clock Caramel Macchiato
Another product from the brand Eight O’Clock that takes a place on our list. This time featuring a caramel flavor, which is popular among many people. The whole package contains 11 ounces of ground coffee. It is also certified to be Kosher and is made out of 100% Arabica coffee beans.
With many overall great ratings on Amazon and huge popularity among its users, it is fit to be called one of the best flavored coffee products currently on Amazon.
8. AmazonFresh French Vanilla
If you prefer a medium-light roast with a strong vanilla flavor, then this might be the right product for you. The whole package includes three 12-ounce packs of flavored ground coffee that is made out of pure Arabica coffee beans. The brand is also confident in its product enough to offer a full refund if you don’t like it for any reason.
Since this is also an Amazon brand and it has many great ratings, it deserves to be listed in our review of the best flavored coffee products.
9. Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll
Since we have included a lot of ground coffee in this review, we decided to add some in K-cup pod form to it. This product features a sweet cinnamon roll taste and contains 48 pods that will last you for some time. It is a great addition for being prepared if guests arrive.
Not only does it have an almost perfect rating, but it also features a unique taste, making it one of the best flavored coffee products currently available.
10. Gloria Jean’s Raspberry Chocolate Lava
Another product that features K-Cup pods and has huge popularity among its users. This particular package includes 24 pods with a special flavor of dark chocolate and sweet raspberries. It offers a great flavor that is worth trying out.
Because of its unique flavor and an almost perfect rating on Amazon, it is more than popular enough to take a place on our list of the 10 best flavored coffee products.
With so many different products to choose from, it can be hard to find the right one for you.
We hope this review was helpful in your search. If you want to learn more about the topic, you are welcome to browse our webpage for more information.
Coffee shops to avoid in Seattle?
I always hear so much about Slate, Elm, and Milstead but with all the third-wave coffee shops there in Seattle, are there any I should avoid?
edit: I appreciate the responses but no one is answering the question lol. For me, I didn't enjoy Honor Coffee in Benaroya Hall nor the one in Bellevue. Café Cesura was also kind of average.
Cafe Nervosa. Hasn't been good since around 2004.
My thoughts (pretty CapHill/Downtown centric):
Stumptown (belongs in this category but there are far better and more interesting options available)
I have heard that Honor Society Coffee inside Melrose Market is outstanding but I haven't been yet myself.
Perfectly good if not particularly standout coffee:
Top Pot (tbh I love their coffee though)
Ladro (for a chain, Ladro has surprisingly tasty coffee, and I personally frequently buy their beans, so if that's all that's around they aren't disappointing. Although their drip is prettttty expensive)
Capitol Coffee Works / Seattle Coffee Works
Joe Bar (mediocre coffee but one of my favourite spots to drink coffee on the Hill)
Indi Chocolate Bar in the Pike Place expansion
Not my favourite, Iɽ go out of my way to avoid:
Fremont Coffee Co. (great place, terrible coffee)
Ghost Alley (sorry, great people work there, but I've never gotten a better than okay latte)
I agree with these lists almost entirely, but what’s bad about vita? I often go to the shop on Capitol Hill where they do the roasting and I’ve always thought the coffee was really good
Never had a bad experience at any of the shops you listed. To add to that list I would recommend Storyville Coffee. Worked there for a little bit and they do everything phenomenally. They got locations on Queen Anne Hill, Pike Place, and first and Madison. I would also recommend Analog coffee on Capitol Hill. It's as hipster as hipster can be but they know what they are doing.
I heard Storyville has connections to some cultish church.
Storyville made me a great cappuccino on my only visit but I still don’t feel very on board with the “one coffee to rule them all” theme.
I also really enjoy Seattle Coffee Works.
I have to put in a plug for Ghost Alley Espresso, on the edge of Pike Place
But I would be surprised if there are any that you should actively avoid
General Porpoise and Metier are across the street from each other and probably the best right now except Slate.
There are far too many bad coffee shops to name, in Seattle or elsewhere.
I know you phrased the question in the negative, but Slate and General Porpoise are both really awesome. Slate is a roaster with a few shops and General Porpoise is a multi-roaster with really incredible doughnuts.
Also, a little further away, but Narrative Coffee is also awesome (in Everett). It's another multi-roaster shop.
Don’t go to Honor Coffee. The first time I went in and ordered a cappuccino, the barista, despite me not having said anything about wanting a bigger size, went on to lecture me about cappuccinos not being 16oz, and all she’d make if I truly wanted a cappuccino was an 8 oz. When I got it, the milk was room temp, and the espresso tasted weirdly sour, in a way I’ve never experienced before or since. Twice after that, I’ve gone in again, thinking maybe it’d be different, but every time it’s lukewarm milk and sour espresso.
I was there for some time and I bought my supply of beans in Seven Coffee Roasters. It looked nice, it had nice reviews. I bought 3 packs of different coffees.
They were all disgusting. Right after I opened the bags and smelled it, it was obvious that this is charcoal. It was a crime against coffee roasting, that's how I would describe it. It was not as burned as Starbucks classic, but somehow it felt worse. Maybe it was because I was expecting quality coffee for my buck. Perhaps it was because the coffee still had a hints of unique taste. Not enough for you to actually enjoy it, but just enough to remind you that it was there before these people got their hands on the beans.
I don't know if they had a bad day in the roastery and my experience was unique, but it was terrible and since you posed this question, Seven Coffee Roasters is the place I pick. It's been a year since I have been to Seattle and I still remember it so. yeah.
The Best Seattle Coffee Shops, Drink Like a Local
Have we been to Seattle? Yes. Did we drink coffee? Oh yes. Did we drink too much coffee? Is 5+ cups a day too much? Didn’t think so. We drank with local Jared Rosenacker, an emerging glass artist and consistent coffee consumer there in the Emerald City. We sat down and talked his favorites – the best Seattle coffee shops…
WHO: Caffe Vita
WHY: I’ve never been disappointed with their coffee. No matter the Barista, it always hits the mark. It’s doesn’t matter what you order, though I find it to be the best place for a straight Espresso.
WHERE: Capitol Hill on Pike st. This location is massive. Great for a chat with friends, a first date, or setting up your laptop to get work done. With a second floor with a wall of bay windows looking out onto the street, or the table set up outside, it makes for great people watching. 1005 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Photo Cred: Victrola Coffee Roasters
WHO: Victrola Roasters
WHY: They are serious about deep complex flavors. Specializing in medium to light roasts, you won’t find anything over a medium roast on the menu. In my opinion it’s the best place for a pour over.
WHERE: 310 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
WHY: They kept things a bit more simple with only 2 house roasts. If I was looking for an Americano (a Seattle standard) I’d go to Bauhaus. They also had a spacious open air patio looking down onto Pine st. Great place for inspiration. And if you were looking for something sweet to go with your coffee, the cake donut with chocolate glaze, it would never disappoint.
WHERE: Nowhere now but hopeful for the future…
WHO: Joe Bar
WHY: This secret spot sits on the quieter Northern side of Capitol Hill, right off from the busy hustle on Broadway. Located in an older turn of the century commercial strip, this charming spot is perfect for some quiet time to focus or to impress a date.
WHERE: 810 E Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102
Photo Cred: Stumptown Coffee
WHY: Their “drip” choice changes daily amongst their various blends. It always makes for a good surprise and when you want something new. The small, shotgun style setting on Pine st is always blasting music from its vinyl record player. Great place to get your fix and get pumped up.
WHERE: 616 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
Jared Rosenacker is a glass artist, traveling the world demonstrating his art on Celebrity Cruise Lines. He’s spent many years in Seattle where he emerged himself into the deep rooted glass scene…We spoke. We drank. We celebrated. It was fantastic. Check out his Glass Art & follow his travels around the globe.
15 Spiked Coffee Cocktails to Keep You Awake
Oh, you thought Irish Coffee was the only coffee-based drink out there? Think again.
2 oz Tullamore D.E.W. Original
1 tsp ground espresso
2 tsp demerara sugar
2 tsp hot water
3 oz cold brew coffee
Combine whiskey and espresso in a small bowl and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain through coffee filter into a cocktail shaker. Meanwhile stir sugar and hot water until dissolved then add to shaker with cold brew and ice. Shake and the strain and serve up in a Collins glass. Top with cream.
.5 shot Brandy
.5 shot Grand Marnier
.5 shot Kahlua
4-5 oz hot coffee
1 orange peel
.5 cup whipped cream
.5 tsp sugar
Put the whipped cream in either a bowl and whip with a whisk (electric orotherwise) or you can put it in the blender. Whip until soft peaks and then add sugar to taste.
Take your orange peel and lightly "burn" with a lighter. This will help the oils come out and will flavor the coffee later.
Pour the brandy, grand marnier, kaluha, and freshly brewed coffee in a mug. Stir with the orange peel. Spoon some whipped cream on top and enjoy right away!
Courtesy of SideChef blogger Trish Santoro (Well Work Fork)
1.5 oz Papa's Pilar Dark Rum
.5 oz Miami Club Cuban Coffee Liqueur
.5 oz Licor 431 dash simple syrup
2 dashes Bitter Truth chocolate bitters
In a shaker, add all the ingredients, shake vigorously, then pour into a rocks glass with a large ice cube
From Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach
1.5 oz Anchor Distilling Christmas Spirit
.5 oz espresso
.25 oz Tempus Fugit Spirits Crème de Cacao
.25 oz Tempus Fugit Spirits Crème de Menthe
.5 oz heavy cream
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Shake well and strain over new ice into rocks glass. Garnish with a mini candy cane.
1 oz Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac
1 oz Luxardo Cherry Liqueur
.25 oz Cinnamon Syrup
Mix all ingredients and top with coffee, whipped cream, and powdered cinnamon.
1 oz Kahlúa
1 oz Absolut Vodka
1 oz cream
Top with Cola
Shake the alcohol and cream with ice. Strain into a short glass with lots of ice, but make sure not to fill it to the brim. Leave some space to top it off with cola.
1.5 oz Frapin 1270
.5 oz Grand Marnier
.5 oz Amaro
1 oz Cold Brew
.5 oz Demerara Syrup
Combine ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a brandy snifter and garnish with 2-3 coffee beans.
.25 oz rich demerara syrup
.75 oz Meletti
.75 oz 1776 Rye
4 oz brewed coffee
In a preheated 7 oz. glass, add the Demerara syrup, Meletti, rye, and brewed coffee. Stir. For a whipped topping, lightly whip cold cream and Demerara syrup in a squeeze bottle. Float ¼-inch of cream on top of the drink with a barspoon and finish with atomized Angostura bitters.
1.5 parts Havana Club Añejo Clásico rum
.75 part cold brew
.5 part Giffard Banana Liqueur
3 drops of ginger bitters
1 drop of vanilla extract
Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a banana chip.
2 oz vanilla vodka
.5 oz cream de cocoa
1 oz Kahlúa
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Add two ounces of vanilla vodka, half an ounce of creme de cocoa, and one ounce of Kahlúa into a shaker. Drop in about 3 ice cubes. Close the shaker and shake until the liquid is chilled.
Pour mixture into a martini glass and top it off with vanilla ice cream. Serve with a spoon and enjoy.
2.5 cups freshly brewed coffee
.5 cup heavy cream
.5 cup Kahlúa or other coffee-flavored liqueur, or to taste
.25 cup vodka, or to taste
Whipped heavy cream for garnish if desired
In a saucepan stir together the coffee, the 1/2 cup cream, the Kahlúa, and the vodka and heat the mixture over moderate heat until it is hot. Divide the mixture among heated mugs and garnish each drink with some of the whipped cream.
2 oz spiced and buttered Captain Morgan's rum**
.75 oz ginger syrup
1 oz half and half
Top with black coffee
Garnish with whipped cream and a ginger snap
1 bottle Captain Morgan's rum
4 oz unsalted butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Place all ingredients except rum in a pot and bring to a simmer till butter is melted. Slowly stir in rum. Pour into a casserole dish and place in freezer for 35 minutes. Skim butter fat from surface. Pour through a fine mesh strainer.