Yes, several independents haunt the city. They have names like Herkimer, Slate, and Milstead. But how can you fault a company for some innovation and fun? And the city smells pretty good as a result!!
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room sitting on Seattle’s Capitol Hill is a 15,600 square foot monument to all that is the coffee bean. Besides the roasting facility, it has TWO coffee bars, a library, store, lounge, and a Tom Douglas restaurant, their third Serious Pie location! In fact, we know Maggie who started up the Pie location, one of her many hats she wears for Tom.
I can only imagine that is smells heavenly in there!! We plan to visit the Roastery on this trip to Seattle. It makes for a good walk from Belltown, where we tend to stay on our many trips here.
From their website: Glass globes are placed over halogen light-fueled heating units, the heat traveling dramatically up a chain inside each globe and the water burbling fiercely as it rises into a second glass unit above. Ground coffee beans — Eastern D.R. Congo Lake Kivu, perhaps, with citrusy acidity and sweet herbal notes, or a Burundi Murambi or West Java Preanger — are added to the top unit, then left to brew until ready. When the halogen units are shut off, the coffee descends in a whoosh. Then it’s served up in small cups — $22 for two coffee varieties, $30 for three — along with whatever tastiness you ordered up from the Serious Pie menu. (Tom Douglas’ fennel sausage and tomato confit on a pretzel bagel sets a new standard for breakfast sandwiches.)
Make sure you “head downstairs to the Experience Bar, where half a dozen seats await at the bar proper. There are tables and chairs nearby but seriously, you’re there for the show: Get a good seat. Then peruse the menu, which offers origin flights, brew comparison flights and siphon flights (that one!), and coffee brewed via Clover, Mod Bar pour-over, coffee press and the siphon, which they’ve dubbed “a theatrical coffee experience.”
All I can say is: Seattle=coffee.