Two bits of coffee news come this rainy morning from Capitol Hill Seattle. First, new Honor Coffee has been open at Seattle Center (in KOMO plaza, 100 4th Ave N, St #165) for two weeks and is already planning a second store for Capitol Hill (at 1424 E Pine) to debut by the end of 2015. And its sights get bigger than that: "At the end of this year, we hope to have four stores open," CEO Hanna Hu told CHS. "We're building out spaces, signing leases. Next year, 10 to 20. We want to perfect the model here. If we do it here, we can do it anywhere."
Hu hopes that Honor's emphasis on service and community will help it be successful in Seattle and elsewhere. Per CHS: "The cafes are being designed to be inviting and to share signature elements like curves that echo 'the Honor wave' in the company's logo. The Capitol Hill location comes with a large walk-in that will allow Honor to add kegs and tap lines for beer and cider. A liquor license is planned along with later hours."
Where will it set up next? China, Hu says.
In other java news, Capitol Hill's drive-thru TNT Espresso will have its last day this Saturday, according to CHS. Three weeks back, CHS reported that owner Monica Anaya had decided to shutter the stand, citing Anaya's main reasons as "the relentless crawl of development, motherhood, and the desire for a change of pace outside of the 80 square-foot coffee stand." Watch the TNT Facebook page for word on last day hours.