By Karen Ulvestad

Seattle is known for its coffee. It started with Starbucks in the 1970s and now encompasses a wide array of independent roasters. These local coffee aficionados know the subtle notes of coffee beans and how to blend them into tasty coffee beverages. Each applies their own unique philosophies to their roasting methods. Other cafes use specific coffee blends that are unique to their businesses. It is easy to find an amazing cup of coffee in Seattle and the surrounding area.

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Lighthouse Roasters
400 N. 43rd St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 633-4775

Lighthouse Roasters is located in the Phinney Ridge area of Seattle. This cafe offers well-balanced coffee in all their hand-crafted beverages. They roast their beans in vintage cast-iron roasters daily, using the freshest beans available. Their focus on coffee is similar to the focus a winemaker uses to make the finest wines. They focus on creating the best coffee, building a community atmosphere and supporting local artists. The cafe is open seven days a week until 7 p.m.

Cafe Louvre
210 5th Ave. S.
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 640-8188

Cafe Louvre is located in downtown Edmonds. This locally owned and operated cafe is home to great coffee and monthly art shows. The owners work behind the counter and offer great customer service. The cafe offers pastries, sandwiches and free internet to customers, and is licensed to serve wine. The cafe is known locally for its hand-crafted coffee beverages, art and as a venue for local musicians. They host special events throughout the year. Parking is on the street and the cafe is open seven days a week.

Slate Coffee Roasters
5413 6th Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 235-6564

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Slate Coffee Roasters is located in the Ballard district of Seattle. This is the original cafe and maintains the neighborhood feel. They apply the philosophy of “exposure roasting” to their distinct coffee brand. This means that the beans are roasted long enough to enhance the natural flavor of the beans, and not a moment longer. These beans are used in all the coffee drinks hand-crafted by the cafe, and create amazing flavors in their lattes, mochas and drip coffee. They focus on the “art” of the coffee. Other locations are at Pioneer Square and the University District. The Ballard cafe is open seven days a week.

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Storyville Coffee
2128 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 780-5777

Storyville Coffee is located on Queen Anne Hill, just north of downtown Seattle. Their coffee is roasted to perfection and is considered one of the best in Seattle. The coffee is roasted on Bainbridge Island at the roasting studio. The cafe is warm and inviting to patrons, with a warm fire in the fireplace during the colder months. The menu includes lattes, mochas, other coffee drinks, and pastries. The chocolate for their mocha beverages is made in-house. The other two locations are in downtown Seattle. The cafe is open seven days a week until 5 p.m.

Gourmet Latte
8762 Holman Road N.E.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 782-1535

Gourmet Latte started 21 years ago as a single coffee stand in Lynnwood. Its success lent to several locations throughout Seattle and the surrounding area. Each location is a drive-thru and the baristas create tasty coffee drinks. The menu includes marble truffle mochas, lattes, regular mochas and other specialty drinks. Each drink comes with straws and/or chocolate covered coffee beans. They offer a small selection of pastries at each location. These stands are open seven days a week and close at 8 p.m.

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