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Topic: Trip Report (was +Seattle this Weekend) (3 msgs / 622 lines)
1) From: Mejia, Carlos
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Well... I had a great day Saturday.  While my wife was stuck in an all =
day meeting I got on Googlemap and mapped out a day of coffee in the =
Emerald City. First I went to Café Vivace up on Broadway.  Clearly, =
these people know and appreciate good espresso!  All of the baristas at =
Vivace appear to be well trained at pulling perfect shots with latte art =
adorning each latte and cappuccino whether in porcelain or paper cups to =
go.   A wonderful atmosphere with free WiFi made it very easy to spend a =
couple of hours relaxing, sipping and watching people. There are some =
nice photos of Latte art on the walls.  In the corner is a roasting room =
behind a glass wall, where there were both a Dietrich and a Probat. Both =
machines were idol and I was told they don't roast on site anymore and =
these are just extra capacity.  
 
I then made my way down towards the water front and stopped at Café =
D'arte on 2nd Ave. These folks also do a wonderful job extracting great =
espresso.   I had a delicious cappa with beautiful latte art, but the =
atmosphere was not as nice as Vivace.  To me, it had a little more of a =
'sterile' feel to it and lacked that neighborhood charm. Basically, it =
felt more like a Starbuck's.   However, I think the espresso here was =
even better than at Vivace. Perhaps it's the wood-fire roasting that =
makes a difference...I'm not sure. I didn't ask and don't know where the =
roasting is done, if it was onsite I didn't see it.  They only had a =
small number of tables and most of the clients were Saturday shoppers =
stopping in for a cup to go.
 
Finally, I drove up to the University district to check out Café =
Allegro.  I looked all over the place and asked a few people before =
finally finding it off of an alley about a block away from where I was =
expecting to find it.  I guess this place has a lot of history as one of =
the oldest espresso cafés in town.  Indeed it looked like it had been =
there for quite a while.  Most of the clients appeared to be students =
and the atmosphere was very nice.  I don't know if I just picked the =
wrong time/barista but my cappa there was TERRIBLE.  The barista was =
whipping them out too quickly, and showed no care or concern with how it =
should look or taste.  The drink had way too much foam which had been =
quickly poured over the espresso.  It tasted burnt and I only had a few =
sips before deciding it was not worth finishing.
 
Even though my little espresso tour ended on a sour note at Café =
Allegro, I really enjoyed my day.   I look forward to going back to =
Seattle to check out some other caffes since I only had time for these =
three.  There are just SO MANY of them!   ~carlos
From: homeroast-admin =
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Mejia, =
Carlos
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 11:46 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: RE: +Seattle this Weekend
 
Thanks for the referrals Sandy.  I'll have to check them out!  ~carlos
From: homeroast-admin =
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Sandy Andina
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 5:29 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Seattle this Weekend
 
Also try Caffe d'Arte at 2nd & Virginia Sts., or their drive-thru in a =
parking lot off B'way (forgot the cross-street) on Capitol Hill; The =
Bean Post on 9th & James (just n. of the Sorrento Hotel and across from =
Virginia Mason Hospital on First (a/k/a "Pill") Hill; and Cafe Allegro =
at NE 43& Univ. Way NE ("the Ave"), just south of the University =
Bookstore, in the U. District.  The latter was founded by one of the =
original owners of Starbucks (when it was still just a bean & Leaf store =
that didn't over-roast everything) after he sold his interest in the =
Green Mermaid.  Caffe d'Arte and The Bean Post roast on-site; C d'A =
actually has a wood-fired as well as gas roasters.
 
Sandy Andina  (who lived in Seattle for 7 years)
www.sandyandina.com
www.myspace.com/sandyandina
 
 
 

2) From: Sandy Andina
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Breaks my heart to hear how far Allegro has declined (and forgot to  
mention you can access it only from the alley between the bldg. and  
the parking lot--it's in a little mini-arcade. Probably the lower  
quality/higher volume is due to student baristi.  Cheer up--it could  
have been worse: you could have gone to Last Exit on Brooklyn (which,  =
I believe, is now history). They were the first e-bar in town, and  
would grind a week to a month's worth in advance and store it in a  
saran-wrap-covered bowl. Not surprisingly, they were more known for  
their flavored drinks and open mic.  There was another place (can't  
remember the name) that opened in early 1978, along NE Campus  
Parkway, between a little grocery, laundromat and Ice-Nine  
Xerography . It was only a block from my apt. (the latter in a bldg.  
that was torn down to make a parking garage) and a cappa or macchiato  =
there would be my post-jog reward.
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Sandy Andina
www.sandyandina.com
www.myspace.com/sandyandina
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Breaks my heart to hear how far =
Allegro has declined (and forgot to mention you can access it only from =
the alley between the bldg. and the parking lot--it's in a little =
mini-arcade. Probably the lower quality/higher volume is due to student =
baristi.  Cheer up--it could have been worse: you could have gone to =
Last Exit on Brooklyn (which, I believe, is now history). They were the =
first e-bar in town, and would grind a week to a month's worth in =
advance and store it in a saran-wrap-covered bowl. Not surprisingly, =
they were more known for their flavored drinks and open mic.  There =
was another place (can't remember the name) that opened in early 1978, =
along NE Campus Parkway, between a little grocery, laundromat and =
Ice-Nine Xerography . It was only a block from my apt. (the latter in a =
bldg. that was torn down to make a parking garage) and a cappa or =
macchiato there would be my post-jog reward.
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2007, at 2:02 PM, Mejia, Carlos wrote:

Well… I had a great = day Saturday.  While my wife was stuck in an all day meeting I got on = Googlemap and mapped out a day of coffee in the Emerald . First I went to Café Vivace up on Broadway.  Clearly, = these people know and appreciate good espresso!  All of the baristas = at Vivace appear to be well trained at pulling perfect shots with latte = art adorning each latte and cappuccino whether in porcelain or paper = cups to go.   A wonderful atmosphere with free WiFi made it very = easy to spend a couple of hours relaxing, sipping and watching people. = There are some nice photos of Latte art on the walls.  In the corner = is a roasting room behind a glass wall, where there were both a Dietrich = and a Probat. Both machines were idol and I was told they don’t roast = on site anymore and these are just extra capacity.  

I then made my way = down towards the water front and stopped at Café D’arte on = 2nd = Ave. These folks also do a wonderful job extracting great = espresso.   I had a delicious cappa with beautiful latte art, but = the atmosphere was not as nice as Vivace.  To me, it had a little more = of a ‘sterile’ feel to it and lacked that neighborhood charm. = Basically, it felt more like a Starbuck’s.   However, I think the = espresso here was even better than at Vivace. Perhaps it’s the = wood-fire roasting that makes a difference…I’m not sure. I didn’t = ask and don’t know where the roasting is done, if it was onsite I = didn’t see it.  They only had a small number of tables and most of = the clients were Saturday shoppers stopping in for a cup to = go.

 

Finally, I drove up to the University district to check out = Café Allegro.  I looked all over the place and asked a few people = before finally finding it off of an alley about a block away from where = I was expecting to find it.  I guess this place has a lot of history = as one of the oldest espresso cafés in town.  Indeed it looked like = it had been there for quite a while.  Most of the clients appeared to = be students and the atmosphere was very nice.  I don’t know if I = just picked the wrong time/barista but my cappa there was TERRIBLE.  = The barista was whipping them out too quickly, and showed no care or = concern with how it should look or taste.  The drink had way too much = foam which had been quickly poured over the espresso.  It tasted burnt = and I only had a few sips before deciding it was not worth = finishing.

 

Even though my little espresso tour ended on a sour note at = Café Allegro, I really enjoyed my day.   I look forward to going = back to to check out some other caffes since I only had time for = these three.  There are just SO MANY of them!   ~carlos

homeroast-admin [mailto:homeroast-adm= in] On Behalf Of Mejia, Carlos
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 11:46 AM
= homeroast= s.com
Subject: RE: + this = WeekendThanks for the = referrals Sandy.  I’ll have to check them out! =  ~carlos

 

From: homeroast-admin [mailto:homeroast-adm= in] On Behalf Of Sandy Andina
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 5:29 PM
= homeroast= s.com
Subject: Re: + this = WeekendAlso try Caffe d'Arte at 2nd = & Virginia Sts., or their drive-thru in a parking lot off B'way = (forgot the cross-street) on Capitol Hill; The Bean Post on 9th & = James (just n. of the Sorrento Hotel and across from Virginia Mason = Hospital on First (a/k/a "Pill") Hill; and Cafe Allegro at NE 43& = Univ. Way NE ("the Ave"), just south of the University Bookstore, in the = U. District.  The latter was founded by one of the original owners of = Starbucks (when it was still just a bean & Leaf store that didn't = over-roast everything) after he sold his interest in the Green Mermaid. = Caffe d'Arte and The Bean Post roast on-site; C d'A actually has a = wood-fired as well as gas roasters.

 

Sandy = Andina  (who lived in Seattle for 7 = years)

www.sandyandi= na.com

www.myspace.c= om/sandyandina

  

= Sandy = Andinawww.sandyandina.comwww.myspace.com/sandyandina=

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3) From: Mejia, Carlos
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Well... I had a great day Saturday.  While my wife was stuck in an all =
day meeting I got on Googlemap and mapped out a day of coffee in the =
Emerald City. First I went to Café Vivace up on Broadway.  Clearly, =
these people know and appreciate good espresso!  All of the baristas at =
Vivace appear to be well trained at pulling perfect shots with latte art =
adorning each latte and cappuccino whether in porcelain or paper cups to =
go.   A wonderful atmosphere with free WiFi made it very easy to spend a =
couple of hours relaxing, sipping and watching people. There are some =
nice photos of Latte art on the walls.  In the corner is a roasting room =
behind a glass wall, where there were both a Dietrich and a Probat. Both =
machines were idol and I was told they don't roast on site anymore and =
these are just extra capacity.  
 
I then made my way down towards the water front and stopped at Café =
D'arte on 2nd Ave. These folks also do a wonderful job extracting great =
espresso.   I had a delicious cappa with beautiful latte art, but the =
atmosphere was not as nice as Vivace.  To me, it had a little more of a =
'sterile' feel to it and lacked that neighborhood charm. Basically, it =
felt more like a Starbuck's.   However, I think the espresso here was =
even better than at Vivace. Perhaps it's the wood-fire roasting that =
makes a difference...I'm not sure. I didn't ask and don't know where the =
roasting is done, if it was onsite I didn't see it.  They only had a =
small number of tables and most of the clients were Saturday shoppers =
stopping in for a cup to go.
 
Finally, I drove up to the University district to check out Café =
Allegro.  I looked all over the place and asked a few people before =
finally finding it off of an alley about a block away from where I was =
expecting to find it.  I guess this place has a lot of history as one of =
the oldest espresso cafés in town.  Indeed it looked like it had been =
there for quite a while.  Most of the clients appeared to be students =
and the atmosphere was very nice.  I don't know if I just picked the =
wrong time/barista but my cappa there was TERRIBLE.  The barista was =
whipping them out too quickly, and showed no care or concern with how it =
should look or taste.  The drink had way too much foam which had been =
quickly poured over the espresso.  It tasted burnt and I only had a few =
sips before deciding it was not worth finishing.
 
Even though my little espresso tour ended on a sour note at Café =
Allegro, I really enjoyed my day.   I look forward to going back to =
Seattle to check out some other caffes since I only had time for these =
three.  There are just SO MANY of them!   ~carlos
From: homeroast-admin =
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Mejia, =
Carlos
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 11:46 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: RE: +Seattle this Weekend
 
Thanks for the referrals Sandy.  I'll have to check them out!  ~carlos
From: homeroast-admin =
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Sandy Andina
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 5:29 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Seattle this Weekend
 
Also try Caffe d'Arte at 2nd & Virginia Sts., or their drive-thru in a =
parking lot off B'way (forgot the cross-street) on Capitol Hill; The =
Bean Post on 9th & James (just n. of the Sorrento Hotel and across from =
Virginia Mason Hospital on First (a/k/a "Pill") Hill; and Cafe Allegro =
at NE 43& Univ. Way NE ("the Ave"), just south of the University =
Bookstore, in the U. District.  The latter was founded by one of the =
original owners of Starbucks (when it was still just a bean & Leaf store =
that didn't over-roast everything) after he sold his interest in the =
Green Mermaid.  Caffe d'Arte and The Bean Post roast on-site; C d'A =
actually has a wood-fired as well as gas roasters.
 
Sandy Andina  (who lived in Seattle for 7 years)
www.sandyandina.com
www.myspace.com/sandyandina
 
 
 


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