The Mandolin Cafe in Tacoma was filled with eclectic inspiration. The artfully crafted fireplace mantel, undulating wood tables supported by nature-inspired steel branches—created an imaginative and lively coffee spot. Most tables were meant to be shared, which contributed to the Mandolin being an extremely friendly spot. It was an easy place for folks to share…Details
Two weeks ago (actually on the 2nd day of summer in the rain) I met with the author of the Seattle Coffee Scene blog. We met @ Fonte’ Cafe and Wine Bar downtown—across the street from the Seattle Art Museum. This was the perfect place to relax and talk ‘coffee.’ It was indeed fun to…Details
Rain and coffee-totally expected in Seattle, but on the 2nd day of summer ? Hurriedly walking in the rain along Pike Street (one block up from the Market), I looked up from my umbrella and saw an automated sign —a giant man drinking a cup of coffee— definitely unique among coffee signage around the Sound.…Details
Since 1975, Cafe Allegro has been a mecca for those seeking a truly robust cup of coffee. There were few if any options back then to get such coffee in Seattle. When I visited Allegro on a blustery Sunday to shoot some photos, the owner was out in the alley fervently attempting to sweep…Details
Ladybug Bikini Espresso and I have a history. When I first discovered this unique drive -thru on its own island in University Place, Tacoma’s neighbor, it was a barely noticeable structure, painted grey. That was over 3 years ago when I began my coffee spot research. I created a painting of what was then Penelope’s…Details
Lattè lovin’ Ocho @ AMOCAT CAFE (Tacoma spelled backwards) -a charming coffee spot which is colorfully painted and has a mix of intriguing and fanciful furnishings. Amocat offers old world comfort in the former Swiss Hotel, a chalet inspired building on a lovely tree lined street in Tacoma’s Triangle District.