You may have heard of a little company called Starbucks. If you haven't, I don't really know how to talk to you. You (probably) also know that it started in Seattle.
I used to be such a Starbucks girl. In high school, before I had to start paying attention to calories, I probably had a caramel frappuccino with extra caramel close to every weekday. Can you believe that? I can't even think about what that was doing to my body.
In college there were two Starbucks in Missoula, MT, and once the downtown location closed (I never really understood why), there was only one, and relatively speaking, it was far. But we were dedicated and frequently made the trek three exits down the freeway.
Since growing up a bit, I had to have a serious sit-down with myself, and admit that I...don't actually like Starbucks coffee very much...
I really really tried to be such an advocate, but at some point I had to recognize that I prefer a different flavor. In actuality, I probably know more about wine than I do about coffee and coffee beans, and where the coffee I prefer the flavor of actually comes from. Embarrassing? Maybe. I'm ok with it.
Along with coffee comes the coffee shop, which has become an art. I'm big on the atmosphere of a place. Yes, I want whatever I'm eating or drinking to be good, but almost on the same level is the vibe I want to be in when I'm sitting and drinking my coffee I'm oblivious of the origin.
I've decided to go on a coffee tour of Seattle. Anybody can point you to the nearest Starbucks (pro tip: it's probably right across the street from you), but I want to explore the smaller, lesser known, hidden gems.
First stop: Zeitgeist Coffee in Pioneer Square (Seattle's oldest neighborhood). Zeitgeist not only has excellent coffee, but is also a huge supporter of the arts, participating largely in the "First Thursday" art walk every month.
The coffee shop itself is a large inviting space, with lots of tables and bench room, and a brick wall to the right when you walk in. (Throw in a brick wall and I'm sold from the get-go). I'll be honest, I'm not a big black coffee drinker, but their vanilla latte with almond milk is top notch. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on the top and you have yourself a nice little treat.