Seattle’s rainy season is right on time, and what the Emerald City lacks in daylight it makes up for with some of the best coffee there is. Seattle’s coffee culture is diverse, growing, and continuously inventive. Throughout the pandemic, neighborhood coffeeshops became vital hubs for community connections and resources, like The Station cafe in Beacon Hill, and Black Coffee Northwest in Shoreline. Hello Em has introduced Seattle to Vietnamese-style coffee with whipped egg crème, and Fulcrum Cafe features coffees roasted by fifth-generation Costa Rican coffee farmer Blas Aflaro. This guide highlights some of the city’s finest coffee shops, including traditional espresso drinks from Seattle institutions like Caffè Umbria and Espresso Vivace, to ube and pandan lattes from Hood Famous Cafe and Bar. Eater assessed these spots based on the cafe experience and made-to-order coffee, listed from north to south. For some standout small batch roasters (with or without a cafe attached), check out this guide.
As of October 25, King County will require proof of vaccination for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and cafes. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when dining outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.Read More