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Coffee Fest Seattle - best coffees in the West

RandyB Sep 28, 2012 10:19 AM

This weekend Seattle hosted the western Coffee Fest. The winner in the espresso category (32 competitors) was Blue Star, roasted in Twisp, WA, using their Espresso Blend . As you can see from my posts in another thread, that roaster has been my favorite for several years. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753257

Blue Star coffee is only pulled in Seattle (as of today) at the Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery in Ballard. Blue Star is also sold as beans at the Pike and Western Wine Shop in the Pike Place Market, and Soul Wines in South Lake Union.

I don't know who won in the Latte or Coffeehouse categories.

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  1. Scrofula RE: RandyB Feb 1, 2013 06:42 PM

    That's good to know. Have you tried Blue Star for non-espresso drinks, like pour-over? I might have to go pick up some beans.

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    1. re: Scrofula
      RandyB RE: Scrofula Feb 1, 2013 07:42 PM

      I use Blue Star coffees in my Aero Press for 1-2 cups, and with a melitta filter for more cups. My sister really likes their decaf, and does only filter drip.

      1. re: Scrofula
        Gizmo56 RE: Scrofula Feb 1, 2013 08:17 PM

        Scrofula, I am a regular customer of Blue Star via their website. They ship their coffee (and misc. merchandise) via USPS Priority Mail. The website regularly features special coffees that are only available for a limited time, alongside their mainstays. Nice people with terrific coffee.

        1. re: Gizmo56
          RandyB RE: Gizmo56 Feb 1, 2013 08:27 PM

          Gismo, did you try the holiday blend (I've forgotten the actual name)? Although I'm a French Sumatra fan, because it's their darkest roast, I really liked that holiday blend for drip coffees.

          1. re: RandyB
            Gizmo56 RE: RandyB Feb 1, 2013 08:37 PM

            We have very similar tastes, Randy. The French Sumatra is my personal "regular" morning brew, and my wife's favorite is the Espresso Blend.

            We ordered the holiday blend and were so impressed I reordered in January, and I think that I ended up with one of the last bags.

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