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Is This New Cafe the Answer for Coffee Drinkers Who Get Acid Reflux?

Trubistro specializes in low-acid java

A closeup of a coffee drink being made as a barista works an espresso machine.
Trubistro serves up low-acid coffee in a luxury senior living facility on First Hill.

One Seattle coffeemaker thinks it’s solved stomach issues for those who need their caffeine, but hate the discomfort. A new cafe in First Hill called Trubistro recently opened, specializing in low-acid light roasts from sibling company Trucup. According to Trucup, its coffee is up to 4.6 times less acidic than national brands such as Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, made through a proprietary process that the company claims removes many acidic elements from the original beans, but retains the natural flavors.

Trucup sells its bagged coffee and single-serve coffee pods through its website and to the healthcare industry. But this cafe is a separate operation and opens in a neighborhood generally lacking sit-down coffee shops and places to get light snacks.

During the day, Trubistro serves pastries (like cinnamon rolls), fruit, and salads alongside its coffee. In the evening, it plans to become more of a wine bar, with Pacific Northwest wines and others from around the world available by the glass or bottle, and on the food side salads, charcuterie, pulled pork sliders, and naan flatbread.

“We wanted the best of both worlds,” says general manager Janice Yang. “To be a neighborhood bistro where we know your order as soon as you walk in the door. Also, a destination wine bar in the evening.”


610 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA