Cutters Point Coffee?named for the small boats Peter Puget and Joseph Whidbey used to explore Puget Sound in the 18th century?stocks its shelves with premium coffees acquired through direct relationships with farmers in some of the world's most esteemed coffee-growing regions. Varietals hail from everywhere from Ethiopia to Costa Rica, and can be enjoyed freshly brewed in the cafe or in take-home bags that let you brew at home. Experienced baristas serve signature drinks from Lakewood's drive-thru location.
At DeLisio Coffee Co., a cup of coffee is far more than an easy caffeine fix. The company begins their commitment to quality at the source, only buying beans from sustainable farms, at prices that exceed fair-trade standards. To enhance this already tasty coffee, they train baristas to a high standard, ensuring they can make pretty much any coffee drink imaginable in more than 70 available flavors.
Combining modern coffee comfort with childish whimsy, Play-A-Latte gives parents a chance to relax with a cup of joe and free WiFi while children enjoy 1,500 square feet of play areas. Parents are responsible for watching over their amateur earthlings, however kids are kept busy by a moon bounce, pirate ship play structure, play house, full-size replica of Herbert Hoover, and infant-and-toddler area. Play areas are padded for safety and helpful staffers sanitize facilities daily. Visitors should be sure to wear socks, as all areas are shoe-free, however, freewheeling feet can purchase adult and child socks for $1 a pair.
Although the cupcakes at hello, cupcake are served from behind a pristine white counter, the staff isn't afraid to get its hands dirty. The cupcakes?which come in classic flavors such as?chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet?are baked from scratch each day and topped with handmade buttercream frosting. The bakery also offers seasonal varieties and features a different cupcake each month, with flavors such as caramel apple, peanut butter and jelly, and root-beer float making appearances on the menu. And that's not counting the staff's limited-edition cupcakes, such as a vanilla-blackberry version whose proceeds benefited YWCA Pierce County's domestic-violence services.
Metronome Coffee's founders built their business around the idea of fresh coffee, tasty foods, and good music to sooth both cravings and consciences. They acquire their coffee through direct trade with farmers, each cup benefiting the people who did the hard work of growing it. They stock their pastry case with treats from local Corina Bakery and serve up hot pancakes made from scratch. They even squeeze their orange juice fresh. And they pair their food and drink with the tunes of local artists, helping customers discover new music.
At 6:30 each morning, the doors to Rain City Cafe and Coffee open to unleash the smell of freshly percolated espresso and coffee. The baristas pack the deli-counter cases with breakfast sandwiches from Mike’s East Coast Sanwiches, pastries from Corina’s Bakery, and bagels from Bagel Boyz.
While they import all of their morning eats, they craft their own afternoon meals. The resident sandwich artist, Sean, makes a selection of sammies, grilled paninis, giant wraps, and salads.