Seattle, WA, also known as the "Coffee Capitol of the World".
It is also the place where Starbucks was founded in 1971.
As you know I visited, a "fake original" Starbucks, first.
Of course, being in Seattle, I visited EVERY coffee place I could.
I was in coffee heaven. :)
The first place (besides a Starbucks) I visited was Victrola.
Robbie, my former coffee manager, took me on my coffee tour.
It was a lovely little shop.
I ordered a cappuccino and a homemade coffee truffle.
It was scrumptious.
A little background on the coffee shop, it was founded in 2000.
The name comes from the popular phonograph during the 1920's.
The really emphasized this theme with a 1920's jazz feel in the overall atmosphere of the shop.
I also could not resist this fair trade coffee bar from Theo Chocolate Factory.
First off, it had a cat on it.
I LOVE kitty cats.
Second, it reminded me of good'ole Springfield's Askinosie Chocolate Company.
Then I headed straight over to the infamous Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
It was smaller than Victrola,
but had a very distinct, clean feel.
The Baristas knew Robbie, so we chatted for awhile.
They were super nice.
We both got an espresso,
and I got some Burundi beans (on the house).
Last and probably least, I did go to the "original Starbucks"
because you have to as a tourist in Seattle.
However, I was not impressed.
The coffee was worse than the coffee served at my conference,
and the shop was small and had no chairs.
What is the point of a coffee shop if you can't cozy up in a chair?
Overall, Seattle's coffee scene was everything I anticipated.
Great shops mixed in with 1,000 Starbucks.
I am glad I have been to the "Coffee Capitol of the World"!Pin It