I was recently watching an episode of strange foods which had a lot of interesting facts and information about the Seattle coffee scene. Seattleites take their coffee very seriously, and they should! It has quite an interesting story in there and a lot of fun facts. Today I’m going to cover some of the cool things I learned from watching this food show starring Andrew Zimmern.
First, Seattle is home to the first Starbucks ever! Starbucks opened its first store in 1971 at Pike Place Market, which is located in downtown Seattle. The original location of Starbucks was decided because the Market is a historic district with design guidelines, the store retains its original look from the 1970’s! It is a very attractive place and I would love to visit this store one day. However, as the show pointed out, Seattle is also known for all of its Mom & Pop coffee shops! That is what really makes the city an interesting place for coffee lovers.
One of the most impressive coffee shops in Seattle is Seattle Coffee Works. Seattle Coffee Works features a coffee shop and tasting room. It is a place known for living and experimenting with coffee in its richly diverse forms and varieties. They call the tasting room their “Slow Bar” and the Slow Bar is a place to explore if you have a strong passion for coffee and new discoveries. They like to compare, for example, a Costa Rican French Pressed to a Tanzanian Siphoned to a World Blend Espresso Blend that includes coffees from South and Central America, East Africa, and Indonesia. This is a truly unique coffee experience!
Seattle is also home to Sebastian Simsch, who is known for making coffee the old-fashioned way, using what’s called the vacuum brewing method. It is a very precise art that uses water at the perfect temperature, test tubes and a lot of skill. Watching this man make coffee is exciting. On the show, he brewed a cup of Colombian Cup of Excellence Coffee where the beans were harvested on a small family farm and cost over $100 a pound! Mr. Zimmern said it was possibly the best coffee he had ever tasted!
Seattle is also home to the creators of “The Slayer” espresso machine that costs over $20,000! Change the flavors of the coffee simply by changing the pressure at which it is prepared. If you are a true coffee lover, like me, Seattle may be on your next vacation destination bucket list!