If the tongue-in-cheek staff bios, the colorful mission statement, or the laugh-filled video of its Bellevue store is any indication, Seattle Coffee Gear is run by happy folks. And why wouldn't it be? With two retail locations and a wealth of bright, accessibly written online resources, the company clearly loves coffee and has plenty of energy with which to share that passion. Should they choose, shoppers visiting the stores encounter interactive experiences. They can test over 80 espresso and coffee machine models, learn how to whip up the perfect latte, or put a leash around whatever floating cloud of frothed milk that they want to take home. The stores' new and refurbished gear ranges from simple electric kettles to restaurant-grade, multi-cup espresso machines. An on-staff team of technicians also maintains and repairs the machines that java fans bring in.
Staying true to this original method of drinking tea, 2737bc sells only loose leaf tea.
Why don’t we have 100 different blends of tea available? Simple, we want to provide quality not quantity. We will increase our product selection when we find more good teas but will never sell bad tea.
A trip to this fragrant shop near Pike Place Market is a full-on sensory experience. Not only are customers at World Spice Merchants invited to open jars of herbs and spices sourced from around the world, they’re offered mouthwatering advice about how to show off their purchase to its greatest advantage. Impromptu suggestions might even come from the pros who regularly shop at this friendly place, which has a long history of turning good cooks into great ones. It’s no surprise, then, that World Spice’s tasty motto is “play with your food!” In addition to the bulk pure spices and creative blends, shoppers can browse among the carefully curated gift sets for home chefs, such as the barbecue-lover’s dream This Little Piggy, which includes a Memphis Beale Street BBQ Rub. Loose bulk tea and lovely teapots are also available, along with a selection of cookbooks and reference material.
At Fremont Coffee Company, the baristas emphasize the beauty of the community coffee shop?one where customers can spend an entire day. Housed in a historical home, the shop invites guests to approach the bar so they can fill cups with hot or cold coffee and espresso drinks. These drinks are made from beans that have been carefully and?they're not shy to say?obsessively curated by staff before they're roasted in house. Coffee drinkers have multiple rooms to settle into with their cups, all adorned with a revolving display of local art. When the weather is agreeable or if they just want to count snowflakes, customers can take their cups to the wraparound porch and pair them with the cafe's housemade pastries or a glass of wine.
Ovation Teas specializes in teas blended to order to maintain freshness and satisfy even the most advanced pinky lifters. Select from a mélange of fine, flavored, or herbal teas and infusions to perk up mornings or slow down evenings. Sip Yellow Mountain Hair Tip, made up of mao feng loose-leaf green tea ($17.99/2 oz.), or fog up glasses with a cup of lavender earl grey black tea ($5.99+). Slip into sweet sleep with chamomile, whole chamomile flowers with a flavor that hints of honey, pollen, and drowsy-eyed sheep ($3.99/1 oz.), or create a customized concoction to promote chaotic tranquility ($12.99/8" tall bag). Simplify the brewing process with an assortment of teaware that includes infusers ($3.99+), ceramic pots ($29.95), and more.