After going through the food part of Seattle, the central question remained unknown: what about coffee?
Although the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” is not about coffee at all, the city has a lot to offer. Coffee shops are literary everywhere you go, and every store is unique and provides a good variety of flavors, roasts, and blends.
Let’s briefly discuss why Seattle is the capital of Coffee and see why you should actually visit the first shop.
Spoiler alert: yes, there is Starbucks in here
1912 Pikes Place aka The Original Starbucks
As many of you know, Starbucks was founded in Seattle in 1971 by three partners who met while they were students at the University of San Francisco: English teacher Jerry Baldwin, history teacher Zev Siegel, and writer Gordon Bowker were inspired to sell high-quality coffee beans and equipment by coffee roasting entrepreneur Alfred Peet after he taught them his style of roasting beans. The company took the name of the chief mate in the book Moby-Dick: Starbuck, after considering “Cargo House” and “Pequod.”
Like many Touristy places in Seattle, you should consider going there a little early… Actually, a lot earlier if you don’t want to freeze your ass in the cold. We were passing by this line for good three days and on our last day in the city, we decided to stand. Monday was not as busy, and it took us about 40 minutes until a paper cup full of coffee was warming up our cold hands.
While you stand in line, you might hear a man, wearing a cat mask playing sad music on an accordion. You even might feel miserable at the moment, but it all goes away as you approach the end of the line.
Okay, here’s a good part: you can purchase some cool exclusives for the shop like aprons (not this bright green ones), mugs, pour over cups, tumblers, etc. Many objects are well made and don’t cost a ton. The cup will only cost you $15.
As you approach the entrance, the line won’t be over. After you finally make your choice of the original Starbucks coffee that is only served there, you’ll have to stand in another line and wait until your drink is prepared. The good thing is that you don’t have to stand outside.
Also, this might be the only Starbucks that makes sure your name is spelled right and writes your entire order on a sleeve including dietary restrictions, type of milk, syrup or no syrup, cream or no cream.
Overall, the experience with the first ever Starbucks was pretty good, as if we didn’t have any plans for that day. Now, let’s move to the option two if you are short on time.
2. Starbucks Reserve Bar
There is another Starbucks in Seattle, that is different from other shops, and it’s called Reserve Bar. We wrote about that earlier in this article.
Reserve bar is close to the Original spot and almost always has a place for you to chill. The menu looks quite sophisticated and offers a variety of experimental blends and drinks.
Most of its drinks are served “for here, ” and they give you a small card with the description of the blend. Whiskey Barrel aged coffee blew my mind as if it really is aged in a whiskey barrel and is served with a glass of sparkling water. You won’t get drunk, but be sure not to drink that much.
Hazelnut latte is served in a medium sized cup, that looks good, and it’s not as sweet as most of the original Starbucks’s drinks.
If you are a true coffee lover and enthusiast, I would suggest going there.
Overall, people in Seattle don’t seem to be hating Starbucks as much as people do in other cities. The original spot is worth visiting because you can get excellent souvenirs and taste some exclusives and seasonal coffees there.
Reserve bar is for sophisticated coffee enthusiasts, and it’s also worth visiting for a cup or two of their delicious coffee.