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Where to Get Unforgettable Cups of Coffee in Seattle

With Vietnamese brews topped with egg foam, Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, old-school espresso, and more

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A cold Vietnamese coffee drink prepared at Hello Em, a popular cafe in Little Saigon.
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Looking for great coffee? You chose the right place. Seattle’s coffee culture is diverse, growing, and continuously inventive. In addition to longstanding institutions like Caffè Umbria and Espresso Vivace, new cafes spring up frequently, bringing their own distinctive contributions to the coffee scene. Launching last year, Wunderground Coffee put a spin on coffee drinks with its coffee and adaptogenic mushroom options. Coffeeholic House and Hello Em have both opened in the last couple of years, introducing Vietnamese coffee to more caffeine heads than ever before. Expert roasters from Costa Rica and Ethiopia — at Fulcrum Coffee and Cafe Avole respectively — are expanding their operations in additional or new spaces.

Aside from providing exceptional pour overs and standout espresso drinks, Seattle’s coffee spots are vital neighborhood hubs for community. Coffee shops like The Station in Beacon Hill, Black Coffee Northwest locations in Shoreline and Ballard, and South Park’s Resistencia Coffee have carved out neighborhood spaces for art, mutual aid, and activism. No matter what corner of Seattle, delicious coffee served in a welcoming space is usually a short walk away.

This guide highlights some of the city’s finest coffee spots. As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically. For some standout small batch roasters (with or without a cafe attached), check out this guide.

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1. Sound and Fog

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4735 40th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 618-1444
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In this ultra-minimalist shop in West Seattle, beans from a variety of Pacific Northwest and other roasters across the U.S. are featured, with Portland’s acclaimed Heart Roasters prominent in the lineup. Seasonal drinks, like espresso soda, nitro and regular cold brew on tap — as well as rotating beer and wine selections — round out the impressive beverage options. It also offers some coffee and wine subscriptions. Indoor seating at Sound and Fog is slated to return at the end of March.

2. Caffe Ladro

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2205 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 282-5313
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A little cafe in Upper Queen Anne that opened 28 years ago has blossomed into a mini empire and has become a well-loved staple of the Seattle coffee scene with its own roasting program. Try the short Yankee Dog, an Americano with a dash of cinnamon, that always hits the spot.

3. Makeda and Mingus

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153 N 78th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 782-1489
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Named partly after the Queen of Sheba (Makeda), and partly after chef-owner Prashanthi Reddy’s rat terrier (Mingus), this Greenwood spot specializes in not just excellent brews, but also a stellar menu of Indian fare in its weekly dinner offerings. The golden milk latte, a family recipe from Reddy, is also a highlight.

4. Herkimer Coffee

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7320 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 784-0202
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Founded in 2003, Herkimer Coffee is a wholesale roaster with four cafe locations in Seattle. Herkimer emphasizes relationship-driven models of direct trade and sourcing, offering both blends and single origin beans. Current selections include Ethiopian coffees from Gogogu Bekaka in the Guji zone, and coffee from longtime partners at Finca Campo Amor in Colombia, and more. Not sure what coffee to choose? Just ask one of Herkimer’s helpful baristas, or check out the coffee subscription options online.

5. Moonshot Coffee

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9622 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 620-0315
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This take-out only cafe in White Center on 16th Avenue SW serves up a variety of fantastic, seasonal lattes and other flavored drinks, including the decadent Mocha Arbol, made with an infusion of chile de arbol, panela, cinnamon, and Theo dark chocolate. The vibe is welcoming and baristas are friendly and helpful at this small cafe. Moonshot also sells beer and wine.

6. Black Coffee Northwest Café

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16743 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 316-8366
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Although technically about a mile north of city limits, Shoreline’s Black-owned cafe is an important hub for communities of color in North Seattle. The nonprofit cafe has youth-focused programs like barista training, internships, and leadership opportunities. Swing by and pick up a Melanin Mocha or Supa’ Fly Chai. Be sure to check out Black Coffee NW’s newest location in Ballard at 1713 NW Market St., slated to open in the near future.

7. Dubsea Coffee

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9910 8th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 708-6806
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One of White Center’s best neighborhood cafes nestled into a residential area features a standout cardamom latte, as well as art made by students from the nearby high school. Enjoy Dubsea’s outdoor plaza seating area on a sunny afternoon. Indoor seating just reopened at the beginning of March.

8. Fulcrum Café

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590 Bell St
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 995-8779
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One of Seattle’s most esteemed roasters is run by fifth-generation Costa Rican coffee farmer Blas Aflaro. Fulcrum’s Belltown cafe is modern and welcoming, and delivers on the high standards set for quality coffee. Here, one can order a meticulously prepared espresso from one of Fulcrum’s thoughtfully sourced roasts, or opt one of the more playful lattes. Some examples are the butterfly pea flower latte with vanilla and lavender and the pink beetroot latte with rosewater and jasmine flowers.

9. Monorail Espresso

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510 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 422-0736
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Credited with being the nation’s first espresso cart, Monorail Espresso should be on the radar for any Seattle coffee devotee. Its original incarnation — a coffee cart (stationed by the entrance of the downtown monorail) made with parts from a Boeing surplus shuttle cart in 1980 — eventually transitioned into a walk-up window at Fifth Avenue and Pike Street. At any time you’ll find a steady flow of business suits, tourists, and bike messengers eager for a pick-me-up. Monorail will open its fourth location downtown at Fourth Avenue and Union Street next month.

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Monorail Espresso’s walk-up window at Fifth Ave. and Pike Street downtown.
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10. Caffè Umbria

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320 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-5847
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This well-respected company, with locations across the country, has a history of coffee-making that goes back decades, originating in a roastery in Perugia, Italy. Using more than 15 varietals of coffee, the blends are fantastic and Umbria’s espresso is some of the best around.

11. Zoka Coffee Roaster and Tea Company

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2200 N 56th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 545-4277
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Zoka is one of the city’s great older school coffee shops and roasters, truly specific to Seattle. Opened in 1997, when people started clamoring to know where their coffee came from, this destination is still just as good as it was in the late days of grunge. Visit any of the company’s four cafes around the Seattle area, or set up a subscription.

12. Elm Coffee Roasters

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240 2nd Avenue Ext S Ste 103
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 445-7808
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Pioneer Square’s coffee haven is the perfect place for stellar coffee, yet approachable in a way that invites you to learn more about the finer points of brewing methods. With a rotation of seasonal coffees (current offerings are sourced from Peru and Columbia), and a streamlined, solid menu of coffee drinks, Elm is a go-to.

13. Hood Famous Cafe and Bar

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504 5th Ave S #107a
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 485-7049
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At this Chinatown International District shop, chef and co-owner Chera Amlag has drawn high praise for her delectable Filipino treats, including the cafe’s famed bright purple ube cheesecakes. On the coffee side, Hood Famous’ pandan lattes and iced calamansi espresso tonics are distinctly Filipino takes on specialty coffee drinks. By day, Hood Famous is a cafe and bakery, and at night it transforms into a cocktail bar serving pulutan, Filipino bar food.

14. Victrola Cafe and Roastery

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310 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 624-1725
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Victrola is one of the most prominent roasters in the city, known for its consistently highly graded coffees, including Kenyan peaberry offerings. Victrola’s location on Pike Street also serves as a roastery, training facility, and cupping room. There are beans for sale online, as well as subscriptions to single origin roasts. Try the cozy location at 15th Avenue on Capitol Hill, the bustling downtown cafe, or the smaller outpost in Beacon Hill in addition to the Pike Street roastery.

15. Tougo Coffee

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860 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 467-5042
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This First Hill spot is a welcoming haven for sourdough bread and other baked goods, as well as lovingly pulled espresso and other enticing caffeinated beverages. The flavored lattes are not to be missed. Try the Honey Goat Latte, Salted Caramel Mocha, or the Lavender Good Good.

16. Espresso Vivace

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532 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 860-2722
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Founded in 1988, Vivace was a pioneer in the early days of Seattle espresso culture, especially through the contributions of co-founder David Schomer, who wrote an influential book on espresso techniques and latte art in 1994 and educated countless baristas over the years who have gone on to open cafes and chains of their own. Those who want to pay homage should pay a visit to the Capitol Hill sidewalk bar, where a shrine to Caffeina, Goddess of the Walking Day, is closeby.

17. Hello Em Việt Coffee & Roastery

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1227 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98144

Hello Em sources Vietnamese coffee and roasts in-house at its coffee shop in Little Saigon. Menu offerings include espresso drinks topped with fluffy egg crème (made from egg yolks), and egg cloud (made from the egg whites). Popular in north Vietnam, egg coffee drinks originate from milk shortages during the First Indochina War. Hello Em also sells pressed bánh mì sandwiches and pastries.

A serving tray with wrapped, pressed banh mi sandwiches. A hot and and iced coffee drink are in the background.
In addition to Vietnamese coffee drinks, Hello Em serves up baked goods and pressed banh mi sandwiches.
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18. Resistencia Coffee

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1249 S Cloverdale St
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 906-9241
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Resistencia Coffee is a hub for the South Park Latinx community. Art from local artists hangs on the walls, pop-up events with local food vendors are frequent, and Resistencia even hosts an open-mic night every month. The Xingona Latte, made with cinnamon, sugar, and a pinch of cayenne, is a good bet.

19. Cafe Allegro

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4214 The Ave
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 633-3030
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One of the oldest shops and roasteries in the Seattle area, Café Allegro has been serving up espresso in the University District since 1975. Allegro’s coffee is available online, but to really feel the old school Seattle vibe, you’ll want to go there in person. The entrance is through a brick-walled alley.

20. The Station

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1600 S Roberto Maestas Festival St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 271-7302
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Beacon Hill’s coffee shop by the Light Rail station has long been vocal and active about social justice causes. In addition to excellent coffee drinks, The Station hosts pop-ups and food drives, and is a hub for community organizing. The shop is a lively and welcoming neighborhood gathering place where you can sip on a Mexican Mocha or hot chocolate or enjoy one of The Station’s excellent sandwiches.

21. Fuel Coffee

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610 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 329-4700
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In 2020, the 15 year-old Fuel Coffee officially came under the new ownership of Danielle and David Hulton, owners of Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe. Since then, Fuel’s three locations have undergone a bit of a makeover. The result is a fresh new look, design, and the addition of books for sale. Check out the space-themed Milky Way and Andromeda blends.

22. Union Coffee and Wine

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2407 E Union St Suite B
Seattle, WA 98122
(706) 631-4474
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Geetu Vailoor purchased this Central District cafe in 2020, continuing the shop’s devotion to specialty coffee, but with a more welcoming, inclusive vibe. Union has some fantastic offerings from local small batch roaster Looking Homeward Coffee (and other exceptional roasters), flavored lattes (the rose cardamom is mind-blowing), and a selection of natural wine.

23. Coffeeholic House

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3700 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-3327
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Over the past two years, there have been several coffee shops in Seattle opening up with Vietnamese coffee as the focus. Coffeeholic was the first of the bunch, and there’s no denying its popularity, with customers regularly lined out the door to grab excellent ube lattes, ice cold coffee topped with cheese foam, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch-filled drinks, as well as some light bites. Coffeeholic has a location in Columbia City and one in Greenwood. It also roasts its own beans sourced from Da Lat, Vietnam.

24. Empire Roasters & Records

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3829 S Edmunds St A
Seattle, WA 98118
(971) 328-0048
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Columbia City’s gem is known for excellent seasonal latte art, so every frothy cup — from sweet matcha to lavender to cayenne — ought to hold something Instagram-worthy. The popular house-made cashew milk sells out fast, so owner Ian Peters often has to whip up extra batches throughout the day. Snacks include crispy waffles (including vegan and gluten-free versions), and since the pandemic, the upstairs has transformed into a vinyl record shop.

25. Kaffa Coffee and Wine Bar

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8136 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 453-3558
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This longtime Rainier Valley Ethiopian favorite is more of a full-fledged restaurant than a cafe, but its single origin roasts have incredible depth, best paired with any of the wonderful wots or fuls. Even though the pandemic has necessarily limited in-person interaction, Kaffa will perform the immersive Ethiopian coffee ceremony upon request (if scheduled far enough in advance), an exceptional way to experience coffee culture from the country where it originated.

26. Papá Changó Cafe

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5410 22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Inspired by the flavors and Latinx cultures of Miami, Papa Chango adds a fresh twist on coffee drinks. Housed inside the Ballard retail store September, the takeout-only, pint-sized cafe often has long lines, and its pastries like papaya scones and pastelitos, tend to sell out fast. Owner Sergio García is currently at work on a summer menu that will include a guayaba espresso tonic drink, and more. Sunnier days ahead mean more outdoor seating, and possibly, live music.

1. Sound and Fog

4735 40th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116

In this ultra-minimalist shop in West Seattle, beans from a variety of Pacific Northwest and other roasters across the U.S. are featured, with Portland’s acclaimed Heart Roasters prominent in the lineup. Seasonal drinks, like espresso soda, nitro and regular cold brew on tap — as well as rotating beer and wine selections — round out the impressive beverage options. It also offers some coffee and wine subscriptions. Indoor seating at Sound and Fog is slated to return at the end of March.

4735 40th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98116

2. Caffe Ladro

2205 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98119

A little cafe in Upper Queen Anne that opened 28 years ago has blossomed into a mini empire and has become a well-loved staple of the Seattle coffee scene with its own roasting program. Try the short Yankee Dog, an Americano with a dash of cinnamon, that always hits the spot.

2205 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98119

3. Makeda and Mingus

153 N 78th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Named partly after the Queen of Sheba (Makeda), and partly after chef-owner Prashanthi Reddy’s rat terrier (Mingus), this Greenwood spot specializes in not just excellent brews, but also a stellar menu of Indian fare in its weekly dinner offerings. The golden milk latte, a family recipe from Reddy, is also a highlight.

153 N 78th St
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Herkimer Coffee

7320 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Founded in 2003, Herkimer Coffee is a wholesale roaster with four cafe locations in Seattle. Herkimer emphasizes relationship-driven models of direct trade and sourcing, offering both blends and single origin beans. Current selections include Ethiopian coffees from Gogogu Bekaka in the Guji zone, and coffee from longtime partners at Finca Campo Amor in Colombia, and more. Not sure what coffee to choose? Just ask one of Herkimer’s helpful baristas, or check out the coffee subscription options online.

7320 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Moonshot Coffee

9622 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

This take-out only cafe in White Center on 16th Avenue SW serves up a variety of fantastic, seasonal lattes and other flavored drinks, including the decadent Mocha Arbol, made with an infusion of chile de arbol, panela, cinnamon, and Theo dark chocolate. The vibe is welcoming and baristas are friendly and helpful at this small cafe. Moonshot also sells beer and wine.

9622 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

6. Black Coffee Northwest Café

16743 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133

Although technically about a mile north of city limits, Shoreline’s Black-owned cafe is an important hub for communities of color in North Seattle. The nonprofit cafe has youth-focused programs like barista training, internships, and leadership opportunities. Swing by and pick up a Melanin Mocha or Supa’ Fly Chai. Be sure to check out Black Coffee NW’s newest location in Ballard at 1713 NW Market St., slated to open in the near future.

16743 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133

7. Dubsea Coffee

9910 8th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

One of White Center’s best neighborhood cafes nestled into a residential area features a standout cardamom latte, as well as art made by students from the nearby high school. Enjoy Dubsea’s outdoor plaza seating area on a sunny afternoon. Indoor seating just reopened at the beginning of March.

9910 8th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

8. Fulcrum Café

590 Bell St, Seattle, WA 98121

One of Seattle’s most esteemed roasters is run by fifth-generation Costa Rican coffee farmer Blas Aflaro. Fulcrum’s Belltown cafe is modern and welcoming, and delivers on the high standards set for quality coffee. Here, one can order a meticulously prepared espresso from one of Fulcrum’s thoughtfully sourced roasts, or opt one of the more playful lattes. Some examples are the butterfly pea flower latte with vanilla and lavender and the pink beetroot latte with rosewater and jasmine flowers.

590 Bell St
Seattle, WA 98121

9. Monorail Espresso

510 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
A walk-up cafe window. Behind the glass is an espresso machine. A menu and various other flyers are posted on the windows.
Monorail Espresso’s walk-up window at Fifth Ave. and Pike Street downtown.
Monorail Espresso

Credited with being the nation’s first espresso cart, Monorail Espresso should be on the radar for any Seattle coffee devotee. Its original incarnation — a coffee cart (stationed by the entrance of the downtown monorail) made with parts from a Boeing surplus shuttle cart in 1980 — eventually transitioned into a walk-up window at Fifth Avenue and Pike Street. At any time you’ll find a steady flow of business suits, tourists, and bike messengers eager for a pick-me-up. Monorail will open its fourth location downtown at Fourth Avenue and Union Street next month.

510 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Caffè Umbria

320 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

This well-respected company, with locations across the country, has a history of coffee-making that goes back decades, originating in a roastery in Perugia, Italy. Using more than 15 varietals of coffee, the blends are fantastic and Umbria’s espresso is some of the best around.

320 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

11. Zoka Coffee Roaster and Tea Company

2200 N 56th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Zoka is one of the city’s great older school coffee shops and roasters, truly specific to Seattle. Opened in 1997, when people started clamoring to know where their coffee came from, this destination is still just as good as it was in the late days of grunge. Visit any of the company’s four cafes around the Seattle area, or set up a subscription.

2200 N 56th St
Seattle, WA 98103

12. Elm Coffee Roasters

240 2nd Avenue Ext S Ste 103, Seattle, WA 98104

Pioneer Square’s coffee haven is the perfect place for stellar coffee, yet approachable in a way that invites you to learn more about the finer points of brewing methods. With a rotation of seasonal coffees (current offerings are sourced from Peru and Columbia), and a streamlined, solid menu of coffee drinks, Elm is a go-to.

240 2nd Avenue Ext S Ste 103
Seattle, WA 98104

13. Hood Famous Cafe and Bar

504 5th Ave S #107a, Seattle, WA 98104

At this Chinatown International District shop, chef and co-owner Chera Amlag has drawn high praise for her delectable Filipino treats, including the cafe’s famed bright purple ube cheesecakes. On the coffee side, Hood Famous’ pandan lattes and iced calamansi espresso tonics are distinctly Filipino takes on specialty coffee drinks. By day, Hood Famous is a cafe and bakery, and at night it transforms into a cocktail bar serving pulutan, Filipino bar food.

504 5th Ave S #107a
Seattle, WA 98104

14. Victrola Cafe and Roastery

310 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

Victrola is one of the most prominent roasters in the city, known for its consistently highly graded coffees, including Kenyan peaberry offerings. Victrola’s location on Pike Street also serves as a roastery, training facility, and cupping room. There are beans for sale online, as well as subscriptions to single origin roasts. Try the cozy location at 15th Avenue on Capitol Hill, the bustling downtown cafe, or the smaller outpost in Beacon Hill in addition to the Pike Street roastery.

310 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

15. Tougo Coffee

860 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104

This First Hill spot is a welcoming haven for sourdough bread and other baked goods, as well as lovingly pulled espresso and other enticing caffeinated beverages. The flavored lattes are not to be missed. Try the Honey Goat Latte, Salted Caramel Mocha, or the Lavender Good Good.

860 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104

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16. Espresso Vivace

532 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

Founded in 1988, Vivace was a pioneer in the early days of Seattle espresso culture, especially through the contributions of co-founder David Schomer, who wrote an influential book on espresso techniques and latte art in 1994 and educated countless baristas over the years who have gone on to open cafes and chains of their own. Those who want to pay homage should pay a visit to the Capitol Hill sidewalk bar, where a shrine to Caffeina, Goddess of the Walking Day, is closeby.

532 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

17. Hello Em Việt Coffee & Roastery

1227 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98144
A serving tray with wrapped, pressed banh mi sandwiches. A hot and and iced coffee drink are in the background.
In addition to Vietnamese coffee drinks, Hello Em serves up baked goods and pressed banh mi sandwiches.
Hello Em

Hello Em sources Vietnamese coffee and roasts in-house at its coffee shop in Little Saigon. Menu offerings include espresso drinks topped with fluffy egg crème (made from egg yolks), and egg cloud (made from the egg whites). Popular in north Vietnam, egg coffee drinks originate from milk shortages during the First Indochina War. Hello Em also sells pressed bánh mì sandwiches and pastries.

1227 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98144

18. Resistencia Coffee

1249 S Cloverdale St, Seattle, WA 98108

Resistencia Coffee is a hub for the South Park Latinx community. Art from local artists hangs on the walls, pop-up events with local food vendors are frequent, and Resistencia even hosts an open-mic night every month. The Xingona Latte, made with cinnamon, sugar, and a pinch of cayenne, is a good bet.

1249 S Cloverdale St
Seattle, WA 98108

19. Cafe Allegro

4214 The Ave, Seattle, WA 98105

One of the oldest shops and roasteries in the Seattle area, Café Allegro has been serving up espresso in the University District since 1975. Allegro’s coffee is available online, but to really feel the old school Seattle vibe, you’ll want to go there in person. The entrance is through a brick-walled alley.

4214 The Ave
Seattle, WA 98105

20. The Station

1600 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, WA 98144

Beacon Hill’s coffee shop by the Light Rail station has long been vocal and active about social justice causes. In addition to excellent coffee drinks, The Station hosts pop-ups and food drives, and is a hub for community organizing. The shop is a lively and welcoming neighborhood gathering place where you can sip on a Mexican Mocha or hot chocolate or enjoy one of The Station’s excellent sandwiches.

1600 S Roberto Maestas Festival St
Seattle, WA 98144

21. Fuel Coffee

610 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

In 2020, the 15 year-old Fuel Coffee officially came under the new ownership of Danielle and David Hulton, owners of Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe. Since then, Fuel’s three locations have undergone a bit of a makeover. The result is a fresh new look, design, and the addition of books for sale. Check out the space-themed Milky Way and Andromeda blends.

610 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

22. Union Coffee and Wine

2407 E Union St Suite B, Seattle, WA 98122

Geetu Vailoor purchased this Central District cafe in 2020, continuing the shop’s devotion to specialty coffee, but with a more welcoming, inclusive vibe. Union has some fantastic offerings from local small batch roaster Looking Homeward Coffee (and other exceptional roasters), flavored lattes (the rose cardamom is mind-blowing), and a selection of natural wine.

2407 E Union St Suite B
Seattle, WA 98122

23. Coffeeholic House

3700 S Hudson St, Seattle, WA 98118

Over the past two years, there have been several coffee shops in Seattle opening up with Vietnamese coffee as the focus. Coffeeholic was the first of the bunch, and there’s no denying its popularity, with customers regularly lined out the door to grab excellent ube lattes, ice cold coffee topped with cheese foam, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch-filled drinks, as well as some light bites. Coffeeholic has a location in Columbia City and one in Greenwood. It also roasts its own beans sourced from Da Lat, Vietnam.

3700 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118

24. Empire Roasters & Records

3829 S Edmunds St A, Seattle, WA 98118

Columbia City’s gem is known for excellent seasonal latte art, so every frothy cup — from sweet matcha to lavender to cayenne — ought to hold something Instagram-worthy. The popular house-made cashew milk sells out fast, so owner Ian Peters often has to whip up extra batches throughout the day. Snacks include crispy waffles (including vegan and gluten-free versions), and since the pandemic, the upstairs has transformed into a vinyl record shop.

3829 S Edmunds St A
Seattle, WA 98118

25. Kaffa Coffee and Wine Bar

8136 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

This longtime Rainier Valley Ethiopian favorite is more of a full-fledged restaurant than a cafe, but its single origin roasts have incredible depth, best paired with any of the wonderful wots or fuls. Even though the pandemic has necessarily limited in-person interaction, Kaffa will perform the immersive Ethiopian coffee ceremony upon request (if scheduled far enough in advance), an exceptional way to experience coffee culture from the country where it originated.

8136 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

26. Papá Changó Cafe

5410 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Inspired by the flavors and Latinx cultures of Miami, Papa Chango adds a fresh twist on coffee drinks. Housed inside the Ballard retail store September, the takeout-only, pint-sized cafe often has long lines, and its pastries like papaya scones and pastelitos, tend to sell out fast. Owner Sergio García is currently at work on a summer menu that will include a guayaba espresso tonic drink, and more. Sunnier days ahead mean more outdoor seating, and possibly, live music.

5410 22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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