Heels click on concrete underfoot and stainless steel reflects nearby lamps in hazy halos. With its industrial design materials, muted color palate, and low lighting, Urban Coffee Lounge evokes a city at night—albeit a city populated by pastries and overcast with clouds of espresso steam. Beans from Stumptown Coffee Roasters populate espresso shots and lattes, which the café's expert baristas crown with foam swirled into popular shapes including leaves, hearts, and silhouettes of Lyndon Johnson. Pastries from more than 10 Puget Sound artisan bakeries—including Mighty-O Organic Donuts and Finales Gourmet Desserts—fill glass display cases with bagels, scones, and macaroons in flavors such as salted caramel and dark-chocolate raspberry. Urban Coffee Lounge tempers the zing of its coffee with mellow pints of La Fin Du Monde and Scuttlebutt amber ale and wines from 14 Hands Winery and Lo Tengo. Plush leather couches and complimentary WiFi invite guests to stay as they please, and a small stage hosts local bands for evening music performances.
Local artwork adorns the walls within Java Zombie, a Kirkland café with an ambience as cozy and comforting as a pantsuit sewn from deconstructed teddy bears. Baristas here brew Vivace espresso, steam milk for lattes, and top rich hot chocolate with dollops of whipped cream.
In the morning, patrons can sink teeth into breakfast sandwiches and burritos. Later in the day, the focus turns to gourmet sandwiches made with Boar's Head meats and artisanal breads from The Essential Baking Company. The menu also includes vegetarian and vegan options and gluten-free pastries from Stone Layne. Free WiFi signals drift through the air, and bands play live music during special events.
Foodies stocks about 120 mostly-organic grocery items, encompassing gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian wares, as well as drive-thru espresso. Give undercaffeinated bodies a much-needed jolt with Foodies' extensive espresso menu; customize coffee drinks by factors including size (12–20 oz.), amount of foam, and number of shots. Adorn drinks with caramel, milk- and white-chocolate syrup, or add a different flavoring agent such as coconut, chocolate mint, pomegranate, or pumpkin pie, ideal for remaining alert to spontaneous outbreaks of autumn. Foodies makes its coffee drinks with organic milk and Caffé Umbria espresso, unlike earth-unfriendly instant coffees powered by disposable batteries; a caramel-drizzled, rice milk latte sates non-dairy-based sweet teeth ($5.20 for 16 oz.).
Owner and baker Chandell Witham knows real passion for baked goods. To put herself through culinary school, the single mother of three had to work long hours as a bartender in a disappointingly donut-free environment. Her perseverance paid off and today Chandell spends plenty of time with her children and her brainchild, Fritters N Jitters, where she mans the kitchens and whips up tasty donuts. Every morning, she bakes off fresh batches of comforting plain donuts. As patrons order, the innovative baker then outfits each ringed pastry with customizable frostings and toppings to fashion quirky confections her guests can marvel at alongside a steaming cup of coffee or fresh-squeezed donut juice. Frosting choices include classic flavors and wild variations such as mint or crunch peanut butter, and can be accented with a choice of sprinkles, candy pieces, or salty portions of pretzels or crispy bacon.
Great Harvest specializes in baking tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads ($4.50–$8.50 per loaf) that are high in fiber, free of preservatives, and crafted with freshly milled flour every day. The bread selection changes each day of the week according to a monthly schedule; previous offerings include golden honey wheat and Dakota bread. Gluten-free and high-protein breads are available in a variety of flavors, including gluten-free cinnamon-chip bread. For carb connoisseurs that prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest bakes scones, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and bars.
There's something for everyone at The Den Coffee House & Cafe, from the drip coffee connoisseur to the gluten-free pastry lover. Hot and cold drinks are prepared with care by the Caffe D'Arte-certified baristas, and guests can pick up whole-bean coffees or loose-leaf teas for home brewing and drinking. Pastries and other sweets are baked fresh daily, including banana bread, gluten-free brownies, and signature cookies. The Coffee House also hosts several different types of alternative milks including coconut and almond. Live music on the weekends provides a lively atmosphere without the help of caffeine or by switching out sugar for smelling salt.