Washington – particularly Seattle – is the coffee capital of the world, and it’s no surprise that when it comes to a cup of joe we know what we’re doing. Of course, this list could go on for quite some time and there could be a list of 15 amazing cafes in the big city alone – however if you’re looking for a new and unique espresso experience, here are 15 of the best java joints throughout the state that are worth stopping by:
1. Vivace, Seattle
Among the many options in Emerald City, this is by far one of the best roasters. You may be impressed by the detailed latte art at first, but the flavor of their gourmet Italian-style espresso and pastries will have you coming back for more. If you're in need of a cup, their flagship cafe and sidewalk stand can be found in Capitol Hill, as well as a location in South Lake Union.
2. Caffe Mela, Wenatchee
Caffe Mela provides an exceptional Seattle-level coffee experience located ideally in downtown Wenatchee! And since they roast their own coffee on site, you know it's always going to taste fresh. They also have live music and exciting events going on to enjoy with your cappuccino!
3. Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse, Poulsbo
Can you imagine being able to enjoy this breathtaking view of Liberty Bay in the morning with your cup of coffee? That dream can be a reality: this charming shop not only creates delicious mochas to sip on while overlooking the waters but also tasty sandwiches and bagels to make for a perfect breakfast combo!
4. Black Drop, Bellingham
Whether you're just waking up or you're in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, this is a great coffee shop located not far from a couple of excellent bookstores. Besides their great location, the menu includes all kinds of tempting beverages from a French Toast Latte to the White Chocolate & Lavender Mocha!
5. Anthem Coffee & Tea, Puyallup and Tacoma
Between the modern, inviting atmosphere and satisfying coffee concoctions, Anthem is most definitely one of the best coffeehouses in the Pierce County area. They have two locations where you can pick up a quality breakfast and they also serve beer and wine all day to cover all of our favorite beverage needs!
6. Rockabilly Roasting Co., Kennewick
Need a caffeine fix in the tri-cities? Not only is the artisan coffee here roasted on site, but their smooth espresso makes for a perfect start in the mornings! Pair it with one of their fresh goodies from the local bakery and you'll be all set.
7. Urraco Coffee Company, Shelton
You can find some of the best java in our state's smaller towns, and this cozy cafe in Shelton proves just that. Located on the corner of 7th & Cota, they make incredible gourmet coffee that's both 100% fair trade and organic. Stay for a while in their comfy atmosphere inside or you can head out on the beautiful patio if the weather's nice!
8. Olympia Coffee Roasting Co.
Between their three locations around our state's capital, quality coffee is never too far away. Their housemade vanilla syrup makes for some amazing lattes and the French-inspired pastries are some of the best you'll ever try.
9. ETG Coffee, Fremont Seattle
If you're looking for a true small cafe experience in the quirky Fremont neighborhood, make a stop in this tiny shop just around the corner from the Lenin Statue. They feature a vintage cash register machine, delicious pastry options and simple, yet charming decor with only one small table to sit at - so you may want to just grab your cup and go. Pro-tip: Ask for a homemade marshmallow in your drink and you'll be in coffee heaven!
10. Hotwire, West Seattle
While most Internet cafes require you to bring your own laptop, this cozy brick coffeehouse in West Seattle welcomes you to sit down at one of their handful of computers and surf the web for a bit while sipping on a delicious cup of handmade coffee, or you can grab a spot on the patio if it's warm out!
11. River Maiden Artisan Coffee, Vancouver
If you're a fan of Stumptown Coffee, you'll be thrilled to hear that this artisan cafe uses their delicious premium brews. Sit and stay for awhile as they offer plenty of seating with a chill ambiance and a great selection of mouthwatering pastries that will pair perfectly with your latte!
12. Atticus Coffee & Gifts, Spokane
This gem is ranked as one of the top in the Spokane area, and for good reason. Walk inside and you'll find a relaxing, peaceful atmosphere plus quality coffee and baked goods. They also feature a totally unique "To Kill A Mockingbird" theme that will leave you intrigued!
13. Argonaut Coffee, Leavenworth
There aren't many espresso bars in Washington that have such remarkable views of the Cascades! This spot offers outdoor rail seating looking out over the mountains as well as a wide variety of unique and delectable menu options.
14. Mukilteo Coffee, Langley
A coffee house out in the middle of the woods?? It's true - this quaint cafe on Whidbey Island is a wonderful place to swing by for a cup of gourmet coffee and bite to eat! Their interior is also decorated creatively with murals painted on the walls and lined with unique signs to make you feel right at home.
15. Living Room Coffee House, Marysville
What could possibly be more comforting than cuddling up on a couch with your hands wrapped around a warm mocha?? Enjoying that same glorious wake-up moment at this local non-profit! Besides their great caffeinated drinks, they also offer everything from live music to board games, an art table and amazing options for breakfast!
Of course, this only covers 15 out of many, considering there’s a cafe on what seems like every corner. So – where’s your go-to place for a cup of coffee in Washington?? Share your favorite spots with us below!