Espresso Vivace

Overall Rating: 8.700

Address: 532 Broadway Ave. E
Cross Street(s): Harrison St. E
City, State ZIP: Seattle, WA 98102
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Phone: 206.860.2722
Hours: Su-Sa 6am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.80
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Synesso
Coffee Rating: 8.60
Aroma: 9
Body: 9
Brightness: 8
Crema: 9
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Espresso Vivace Roasteria
Cup Manufacturer: Tognana
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 05/17/2010
First Reviewed: 05/17/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

This Espresso Vivace location opened up in 2008 after their eminent domain seizure of the Roasteria on Denny Way. Called the "Brix" location, it's just a couple blocks up Broadway Ave. from their Sidewalk Bar, past many cheap pho shops. Inside it is decorated quite fully - high ceilings, nice wood counters, window-facing faux marble countertops, and even a special meeting room in back (supposedly open to all, but locked when we visited). There is some limited outdoor sidewalk seating among metal chairs along Broadway as well. The café is quite busy, but not so busy that the barista staff doesn't engage with many of their customers and knows their life stories, let alone their names. Using a three-group Synesso (they have two of them), they pull short shots with a highly bubbled dark-to-medium-brown crema. You have to drink it fast before it dissipates, but it's classically unique to Vivace. While it is an excellent shot, we found it slightly weaker (surprisingly) than their nearby Sidewalk Bar: the flavor profile was a bit more narrow (but still focused on the herbal notes with some sweetness), and it wasn't as potently bright either. It is a bit more of a straight-ahead potent, syrupy shot of with a moderately thin crema. Still one of the finest shots in all Seattle.