When it comes to coffee, Seattle truly reigns supreme! (duh) We all take advantage of it until we leave and can't find a decent cup o' joe anywhere. While you can find great drinks in most places across Seattle, these 5 are my favorite:
Short Latte - Hot Cakes (Capitol Hill)
Using Blue Star Coffee (Twisp, WA), Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery prepares the perfect partner for their "Dark Decadence" lava cakes. Bold, sweet, and beautifully roasted, this espresso is perfectly balanced with sweet and rich cocoa flavors and creamy body. So flavorful on its own, but when added with a little bit of steamed milk it creates something close to perfection.
Tall White Velvet - Espresso Vivace (South Lake Union)
One of the first drinks i ever fell in love with was the White Velvet from Vivace. Before my years as a barista i would head to the original location by Cal Anderson (where the light rail station is now) and grab coffee with my aunts. Aside from the nostalgic feelings, Viviace hits the "Sweet Drink" category out of the park with it's White Velvet. White chips get melted slowly in heated cream that makes for a very special mocha base. Add their house espresso blend and steamed milk for your new favorite sweet coffee treat.
Doppio Espresso - Milstead & Co. (Fremont)
There are MANY great baristas in Seattle, but there is something really special about the ones you can find at Milstead & Co. in Fremont. Educated, caring, and engaging... all things these brewmasters seemed to have going for them when making my routine Doppio. (Doppio in espresso is a double shot extracted using a portafilter, typically 60 milliliters) A simple coffee drink, often paired with a soda back, that will sooth the soul of any coffee lover looking for something truly amazing. In Seattle you can find a place with great coffee, or a great experience, or a cool aesthetic... Milstead has them all.
Granita - Cherry Street Coffee House (Pioneer Square)
Most people know about the Frappacino (trademarked by Starbucks) but most people in Seattle proper have never heard of the Granita. (Not the traditional coffee shaved ice) Along the same lines as the famous blended drink, but so much better and supports a smaller business. (Though Seattle receives millions from Starbucks that directly benefits Parks & Public Services, so it should still be guilt free).
Pour Over - Herkimer Coffee (Phinney Ridge)
I love just about everything from Herkimer (if the barista knows what they're doing) but their pour overs are in my dreams and often one of the first things i think of when i wake up in the morning. Any roast, any time.