“The spice must flow,” is an oft-quoted line from the sci-fi movie Dune — Denis Villeneuve’s version of the novel by Frank Herbert premieres next Friday, October 22 — and it’s also a line commonly heard around Roosevelt’s Distant Worlds Coffeehouse, especially these days. The self-described “boho meets geek”-inspired coffee shop has been serving up seasonal spiced drinks, like Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Golden Milk, with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and pepper. On Saturday, October 16, and Sunday, October 17, customers who order either of the two spiced drinks will be eligible for free tickets to an advance screening of Dune on Monday, October 18, at Regal Thornton Place. The cafe will give away one ticket with every spiced drink sold, with a limit of four tickets per customer, while supplies last.
There are also additional opportunities to receive free Dune swag. Distant Worlds is giving away posters to the first 25 customers on October 16 and 17. There’s also a chance to win one of five swag packages that include a poster, T-shirt, and more, by signing up for an online giveaway.
King Donuts on Rainier Avenue South is serving “DUNEnuts” from now through October 22. The specialty DUNEnut is topped with blue frosting and demerara sugar, a reference to the color of spice, the fictional drug in Dune. Buying the DUNEnut comes with a ticket to one of two advanced screenings of Dune — on October 13 and October 18 at 7 p.m. at Regal Thornton Place — while supplies last.
Indigo Cow brings Hokkaido soft-serve to Wallingford
Indigo Cow opened inside of Yoroshiku Japanese restaurant in Wallingford on October 1, featuring what might be the only Hokkaido milk soft-serve in the U.S. Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, produces about half of the country’s milk. Hokkaido milk has a mild vanilla flavor and is known for its rich creaminess. Yoroshiku’s owner Keisuke Kobayashi believes Hokkaido soft serve is delicious enough on its own, offering only one flavor with a few topping options like Theo’s chocolate, blueberry, strawberry, and Shiratama Kuromitsu Kinako, a mix of brown sugar syrup, mochi, and toasted soybean powder. Customers can access Indigo Cow via a walk-up window at Yoroshiku at 1911 North 45th Street.
Caffe Vita acquires La Marzocco Cafe at KEXP
La Marzocco Cafe announced via Instagram that its cafe space at KEXP, which is currently closed, will reopen on October 18 as a Caffe Vita location. From the makers of the iconic Italian espresso machines, the cafe opened in the radio station’s Queen Anne building in 2016, and has since featured coffees from a rotating lineup of roasters from 12 different countries. The company’s Instagram post said, “La Marzocco felt that we had accomplished the mission of the cafe and it was time for a new coffee chapter to start in the KEXP space.” While Vita will reopen the cafe space, La Marzocco will maintain the Home Espresso Lab behind the cafe, a place to demo the brand’s espresso machines and attend home barista classes.
Caffe Vita opened in Seattle in 1995 and now operates 11 cafes and roasteries in Seattle, Portland, and New York.