Each morning starting at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends, City Espresso's baristas begin brewing batches of premium coffee and concocting specialty drinks. They also serve up breakfast items, giving patrons fuel to power through the day.
From the bakers who stoke hot ovens every morning to the baristas who brew imported Lavazza beans, Caffè Torino strives to capture the warmth and flavors of Turin, Italy in their intimate café. Piping-hot cups of coffee pair perfectly with flaky croissants, delicate polenta and nutella cookies, and delicious amaretto flan. During weekday happy hour feasts, guests sip wine while munching on kale chips or savoring small plates of crostini. Main courses tempt diners with crunchy-chewy caprese sandwiches or rustic salads made with seasonal combinations of beans, root veggies, greens, and pasta. Bakers labor at hot ovens every day to create delectable pastries, cookies, biscotti, croissants, and much more. Like a teacup that constantly reminds you to lift your pinky, Caffè Torino cultivates high dining culture by covering walls with canvases from local artists and hosting Italian lessons from Percorso Italiano.
To expand their shop's offerings beyond just protein shakes, Presley Thompson and Marjorie Miller, proprietors of Blend Organic Juicery, turned to Kickstarter. Buoyed by the overwhelming community support their campaign received, they set to work rehauling their shop in Ballard and opening a second location Downtown. New coolers and juicers have enabled them to craft an expansive menu of smoothies and juices, all made with local and organic ingredients that are carefully curated to be healing, restorative, and also tasty. Made with organic fruit, vegetables, and superfoods such as kale and chia seeds, the drinks are packed with nutrients and boost energy better than a shot glass of diesel fuel. The liquid side of the menu is complemented by salads and quinoa bowls, and all of the shop's offerings are raw, vegan, and gluten-free.
The friendly baristas at Tea Republik brew up piping-hot, loose-leaf teas in exotic flavors beneath the thatched roof of a mock interior bungalow. Intricately woven wicker chairs, bamboo accents, and vibrant glass pendant lamps further the teashop's tropical appeal, transporting guests to distant islands as they sip Japanese sencha, Egyptian chamomile, and rich rooibos teas. As guests lounge on a sumptuous brown leather couch using the café's free WiFi, the baristas mix oolong, white, herbal, and spicy chai teas with fruit or cream per each customer’s order. Drinks easily pair with the café’s selection of snacks such as iced poppy-seed loaves and breakfast sandwiches. All of Tea Republik's café teas are also available to take home in loose-leaf packages.
Each crowd-pleasing trio comes on a reusable platter that is handy for later serving B-list house guests. The Wandering Café asks that customers call 48 hours ahead. Home delivery costs extra (call for more information, as pricing varies by area), but The Wandering Café's highway-convenient location makes pick-up easy.
Cintli Latin Folklore's roots are in Zapopan, Mexico. That's where entrepreneurs Sergio Cueva and Beto Yarce discovered Cintli, a jewelry store they admired that sold silver pieces. Inspired by that store's bond with local artisans, the duo decided to open a Cintli branch in Pike Place Market, calling it Cintli by Beto Yarce.
But jewelry and knickknacks alone only convey so much culture, which is why Yarce and his business partner, Rafael Sanchez, branched out again and opened Cintli Latin Folklore, a cafe that works with local businesses such as Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Rapanui, El Chito, and Leticia to serve authentic Latin American food and drink. Their signature coffee drinks, such as the Mayan Mocha ,warm hands up on chilly afternoons and their empanadas and Oaxacan-style tamales are filled with ingredients such as chicken mole. The cafe's colorful walls are covered in crosses, figurines, and ornaments, and on some nights, Latin folk bands and singers come to perform.