After the first weeks of my recent relocation to Seattle, I felt that I have to pay my tribute to the local coffee scene. Seattle has been known for its coffee culture since the first Starbucks opened its doors in the 70s. A few days of online research for the best Seattle coffee shops and a long list was created. Then it was time to start exploring.
My first stop was the Victrola Cafe in Capitol Hill. The store wasn't particularly busy last Saturday evening. The lighting was minimal but the Joe's aromas plenty. I decided on a "regular" cappuccino of the 8-oz size. The beans, a blend of Brazilian, Colombian and Guatemalan origin were rich, chocolate-y and with a full body. A balanced flavor and taste, this cup of coffee was a pure pleasure. Victrola roasts its own beans and, according to the website which thoroughly describes the roasting process, never use beans after the "second crack". If you are not familiar with the coffee jargon, check here for some self-education.
They also sell their roasted beans in the shop. Although it will be difficult to decide between the Triborough Espresso, Kenya Kamuchuni or Sumatra Lintong Peaberry and many other single origin or blended beans, I can reassure you that the quality will be unique. Click here to view the choices.
Seattle residents or caffeine addicted travelers can visit the Capitol Hill cafe for free tasting and cupping each Wednesday at 11am. See you then!