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The best coffee shops in Seattle

The best coffee in Seattle is not to be confused with Seattle’s Best Coffee. Or Starbucks. Even if the original Starbucks is located in Seattle.

IMG_2535Starbucks is fine in a pinch…but for truly great coffee? No. I love my coffee served au lait (soy lait, preferably) in a mug or latte style with a beautiful design created by a friendly barista. So, let’s explore the gourmet Seattle coffee shops, shall we?

Is the best coffee found at Victrola Coffee Roasters?

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They sure make a pretty latte.IMG_2500

And a heart-warming cafe au lait.IMG_2501

And their walnut anise biscotti was tasty, even though the anise flavor was a little weak for me.

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I did love their pretty little plates (see above) and the brick interior (see below).

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Or was the best coffee found at the famous Caffe Vita?

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The interior was cozy with dark, rich colors.IMG_2510

And, they also made  a pretty latte.

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But they slopped my cafe au lait so they lose points for that.

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Or how about the other famous Seattle coffee shop, Stumptown?

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I liked their modern and light-filled interior.IMG_2530

Stumptown made a fancy schmancy mocha latte.

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My top picks, listed in order!

  1. Victrola Coffee Roasters
  2. Stumptown
  3. Caffe Vita

What’s your favorite coffee spot in Seattle?

I need a list of new places to explore on my next trip!

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23 Comments

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    Lia
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    AH! I have been to Victrola and Stumptown! I think Stumptown’s coffee is amazing. My cousin from Seattle sent me a huge jar of their coffee beans for Christmas!!
    .-= Lia´s last blog ..French press iced coffee =-.

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    janetha
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    HEY i went to victorla.. pretty sure! i LOVE seattle. sigh, i wanna go back.
    .-= janetha´s last blog ..random to the max. =-.

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    Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries
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    What beautiful lattes! I like the first one best 🙂
    .-= Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries´s last blog ..wog it out. =-.

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    Cindy @ A Listed Life
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    I haven’t had any of them, so basically my vote is void…but I like that the Stumptown one has the lovely froth, that most likely is sweetened. Also I like the fact that it is called Stumptown. LOL
    .-= Cindy @ A Listed Life´s last blog ..Fishing, Roo, and Haircut, too. =-.

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    Lisa
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    Since I grew up with Seattle’s Best I pick that one! 🙂
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Dinner and Lost Finale =-.

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    Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
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    I liked that first one best…Victrola, I think? So pretty…it looks like you had so much fun trying out all these delicious coffees! I’m a big coffee fan, so I’m just a wee bit jealous. Also, I’m glad someone else thinks Starbucks is overrated. Their coffee always tastes burnt and overly acidic to me. There are so many other great options elsewhere, as you’ve demonstrated with your lovely photos.
    .-= Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches´s last blog ..The Release =-.

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    Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter
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    I am definitely going to have to check out these places when I go home for the summer 🙂
    .-= Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter´s last blog ..Breakfast of Champions =-.

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    highonhealthy
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    I’m going to say Victrola Coffee Roasters because that first latte is p.r.e.t.t.y. It’s the one that instantly popped out to me so it gets my vote. 😀
    .-= highonhealthy´s last blog ..First Day As A Prawn Fisher Woman. =-.

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    Nichole
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    I have hit the megaload. I feel more alert from even reading this:)

    Victrola Coffee Roasters made the fanciest looking latte.
    Caffe Vita looked a little hippie dippy, meh.
    Stumptown, um is that a big dollop of whip cream?!

    Victrola or Strumptown-> tie!
    .-= Nichole´s last blog ..Outside Magazine 50 Best Places to Work: Tell Your Boss to Go Take a Hike =-.

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    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
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    nom nom – i heart latte art.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    I’m going with #1 🙂 i would LOVE to go to Seattle and sample all of the coffee shops! what a fabulous trip that would be!
    .-= Heather (Heather’s Dish)´s last blog ..Marital Ref =-.

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    Ivie
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    I love Seattle coffee, I used to work in a coffee ship in college – the Allegro Cafe, one of the original coffee shops that started in 1970! It lives in an alleyway in the University District.
    Out of the 3 you mentioned, I go with Vita. I actually think Stumptown started in Portland, but I might be wrong.
    Glad you enjoyed your coffee here!
    .-= Ivie´s last blog ..Day 101, W15; Rain, Rain, Go Away…… =-.

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    Teri
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    Stumptown did start in Portland but they have a decent presence in Seattle now too.

    I’ve been tainted for life now that I have to go back to mediocre coffee shops! 🙂

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    Gracie @ Girl Meets Health
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    Ahh, you tease 😉 I choose Victrola Coffee Roasters….based on presentation alone (obviously…haha duh). Their latte and cafe au lait both look like creamy, foamy perfection!
    .-= Gracie @ Girl Meets Health´s last blog ..see the world. =-.

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    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries
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    All of that coffee looks so good! I say the middle one 🙂
    .-= Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries´s last blog ..Cousin Outing =-.

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    Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
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    I’ve heard Stumptown has some great coffee! And all of the lattes look so beautiful.
    .-= Tiffany @ Simply Shaka´s last blog ..I’m not dead =-.

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    Jennifer
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    Wow! I wish they had one of those near me – that is the most beautiful latte I have ever seen!

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    Laura @ youngDCliving
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    oooh! i think that one at the bottom looks excellent

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    kerry
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    i love your outfit! coffee is so comforting 🙂
    .-= kerry´s last blog ..A NEW BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!! =-.

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    Dana
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    oh my gosh that foam looks so amazing. I wish I could make that a home, any tips?

    Dana xx
    http://happinessiswithin.wordpress.com/
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..What is attractive? =-.

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    Teri
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    I use a milk frother to make foam in my coffee…it’s a little whip that came with a hot chocolate set from Williams & Sonoma. I’m sure you could just buy a milk frother and it would be pretty cheap!

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    Emilyeatsclean
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    Ohhh all those drinks look delicious! ALMOST too pretty to drink….almost! 🙂
    .-= Emilyeatsclean´s last blog ..Best egg scramble ever! =-.

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    Audrey
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    As a Portland native, I should say Stumptown, but the Stumptown on 12th gets pretty busy and the baristas there can get a little snobby sometimes.
    I’ve never been to Victrola, but I love Caffe Vita, so I’d say definitely Caffe Vita!

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