Seattle has been synonymous with coffee since 1971, when Starbucks opened its first location in Pike Place Market. But locals’ affinity for the caffeinated beverage extends far beyond major chains. A profusion of micro-roasters has emerged in recent years, with connoisseurs such as David Schomer and Geneva Sullivan of Espresso Vivace leading the search for the world’s highest quality Arabica beans. Visitors to Downtown’s Caffè D’arte can sip on the java that won “Best Companion for Cognac” at a region-wide contest. And there’s always something interesting brewing just outside the city limits. At Kitanda in Kirkland, for example, Brazilian-born mochas are sweetened with condensed milk instead of chocolate.
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