Seattle has the highest concentration of coffee shops in the country, with 2.5 coffee shops for every 1,000 citizens. The coffee craze in Seattle started back in 1971 when the world’s FIRST Starbucks opened here. Since 1971 the coffee industry in Seattle has grown exponentially, and the Emerald City is now referred to as the world coffee capital. The weather in the Pacific Northwest is typically wet, grey, and dreary and this warm, legal stimulant is sometimes just the thing you need to get you through your day (occasionally combined with some legal cannabis of course). In Seattle, coffee shops have evolved to become social centers of the community, and they serve as the place where people go on dates, meet with friends, host job interviews, work on laptops, read books, and more. Listed below are the “Top 3 Coffee Shops To Visit In Seattle.” These shops are all enjoyed by locals and visitors to the city of Seattle, and we recommend checking them out next time your in the area and in need of a little caffeine.
The Fremont Coffee Company is a great coffee shop to visit in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. They offer everything from artisan-roasted, Fair Trade and organic coffees to organic sandwiches, salads, and delicious fresh pastries. The Fremont Coffee Company has become a second home to many residents in the Fremont neighborhood since it opened its doors in 2003, but they are also always enthusiastic about welcoming and getting to know visitors to the city of Seattle. Fremont Coffee’s mission is to bring back the classic neighborhood coffeehouse experience to Seattle, and they bring passion for coffee into every single cup they sell. Stop by the Fremont Coffee Company next time you’re in Seattle and looking for an excellent cup of coffee to get your day started.
Address: 171 S Jackson St, Seattle WA
Phone: (206) 583-0497
Zeitgeist Coffee originally opened in 1997, and it was designed to provide customers with an experience that is far different than the typical “out of a box” corporate coffee shop. Zeitgeist Coffee was voted “Best Cup of Coffee in 2000” by Seattle City Search, and they were voted #3 in 2001 (only behind Starbuck’s and Tully’s). Aside from making extremely good coffee, Zeitgeist is heavily involved with the Seattle arts scene, and they are known to push the envelope of what people consider “art.” They are constantly bringing in featured artists to the coffee shop to show off their work, and the entire culture at Zeitgeist Coffee is very unique and something everyone who visits Seattle should experience.
Espresso Vivace is an Italian style coffee shop on Capitol Hill near the Seattle Center. “Espresso Vivace” translates loosely as great enthusiasm and excitement for espresso, and their overall mission is to research, develop, and prepare caffe espresso as a modern culinary art. Since 1992 they have been roasting in the Northern Italian Style: “searching the world for the mildest arabicas and bringing each bean in our blends to the fragrant peak of caramelized sugar content.” World-famous chef Emeril Lagasse once described Vivace espresso as “the best coffee in the U.S., if not the world,” and this is definitely a must visit coffee shop the next time you are in the Seattle area.
The coffee industry in Seattle is HUGE, and it is very exciting to visit and compare existing shops throughout the city. Coffee and legal Cannabis go together quite nicely, and we encourage you to check out The Fremont Coffee Company, Zeitgeist Coffee, and Espresso Vivace the next time you find yourself in Seattle. If you are looking for a marijuana-friendly place to stay, please check out our Lodging Page in order to find some of the best hotels and B&Bs in the area.
If you are visiting Seattle and looking for some legal Cannabis to enjoy with your coffee please download The Kush Guide app. This is a great resource to find the closest recreational shop to your current location. (available for iPhone and Android.)