Seattle is of course well known for its unequivocal coffee scene and is the birthplace of the Starbucks brand. These days as Starbies has spread its wings as an international chain, coffee bean broker & frappuccino vendor, it’s no longer the place to find excellent espresso. (This isn’t to knock my love of the place and occasional guilty pleasure of my double short caramel macchiato…which, being thousands of miles from ‘home,’ sometimes takes me back.)
Seattle’s southern neighbour, Portland, is of course in it’s own right a coffee capitol. This is where Stumptown Coffee Roasters is originally out-posted. I’ve had an internet love-affair with Stumptown since reading about it over the past year at NYTimes.com & T magazine. Lucky for me, by the time I made my way back to the States for a little visit, Stumptown had a shop in Seattle.
By the laudation of coffee and all it’s bean and brewery, I actually felt completely transported back to Sydney. When I entered the shop it was full of grunge-hipster (a new mix – Seattle is the birth place of grunge) students with their laptops out. The palate of the place (which was difficult for photos) is rich, masculine browns. Early 60s wooden radio equipment presides over the shop from its shelved perch.
What I was most pumped to find was that they had these babies in stock…behold the ready-to-drink, iced black coffee…in a stubby:
That’s right folks, now you can crack a stubby on a hot summer’s day, on the street, without getting thrown in the slammer. They’re super-strong, like a strong long black. Perfect way to wake yourself up on a summer day, or cool down on a blazing afternoon. If you’re not convinced, let Oprah talk you into it. She featured them in the August 2011 magazine.
What’s more, the barista said the Seattle shop has the highest sales for the stubbies. (Hmm…I’d have thought NYC. I guess Seattle-ites have a higher IQ.) My big question is, when will someone come out with this in Sydney? *hint hint*
Mom and I bought 6 & they threw in one for free (since we had practically filled a gratuitous drink card in one visit.)
Stumptown Coffee Roasters — Seattle
616 East Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Open daily, 7am-9pm