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Caffe Umbria Opens in Ballard

There's a stove-top espresso bar.


Caffe Umbria opened a new location in Ballard earlier this month. Along with coffee, the cafe sells baked goods from Le Panier and Macrina, light lunch fare from Volterra, and a selection of Italian wine and beer. Co-owner Jesse Sweeney says in a statement, "The new store is designed to bring the urban European cafe experience to the neighborhood level where people live and relax."

In addition to traditional Italian-style espresso drinks, Umbria's Ballard branch will feature a Moka bar where stove-top espresso will be the signature drink. All blends at the cafe will be offered in this unique preparation. "It's a nostalgic yet delicious way to enjoy coffee, especially for those who grew up in an Italian household," says Sweeney.

Caffe Umbria. 5407 Ballard Avenue NW. (206- 420-3945. Official Site. Mon - Thurs 7 a.m to 8 p.m.; Fri and Sat 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.