Interim Seattle Coffee Post
I have two days left in my week long trip to your lovely city, and have happily been making my way through your local coffee shops. I'd love some guidance about how to finish up my trip. My poison of choice is a 12 oz latte, a perfectly frothed pitcher of milk with tight bubbles and a free-flowing, almost unctuous texture is a must, and here's what I've experienced so far:
Favorite: Zeitgeist. I love everything about this spot. Fun interior, friendly staff, and beautifully frothed milk.
Second place: Stumptown. Not a Seattle native, but always a favorite of mine.
Third place:Top Pot. It might be the exceptionally large, fluffy, and delicious doughnut talking, but I enjoed Top Pot (Capitol Hill location). The froth was a little dry for my taste, but overall it was very enjoyable.
Not so great: Uptown Espresso. Not bad, but the branch on Steward/5th (?) has an interior that's a little worse for wear, the barista seemed to still be asleep at 10 am, and the entire place was desserted. Mediocre latte, nothing I couldn't expect to get at a better branch of S'buck's or Tully's.
I passed by several Cherry Street coffee locations, as well as somewhere called Ink (a new name for an existing coffee shop). Are either worth a visit, and where else should I go on my ongoing quest for the perfect latte?
I think you can't go wrong with Vivace and Vita, both of which are also mentioned above. I also like Bauhaus, as much for the cool space as the coffee. And my wife swears by Fuel (19th Ave location). There are also some good off-brand, strictly local places; I like BTG on Madison, though they keep somewhat eratic hours.
The top of Queen Anne and the stretch of 15th Ave near Group Health on Capitol Hill both function as pretty much museums of Seattle coffee -- all the brands seem to congregate in these places.