Seattle Coffee Works

Overall Rating: 7.600

Address: 107 Pike St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 1st & 2nd Aves.
City, State ZIP: Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206.340.8867
Hours: M-F 7am-7pm; Sa 8am-7pm; Su 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Synesso
Coffee Rating: 7.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Seattle Coffee Works
Cup Manufacturer: Espresso Supply, Inc.
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 11/20/2014
First Reviewed: 11/20/2014
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

With downtown Seattle, and especially near the touristy Pike Place Market, being such an espresso wasteland considering, this small company was established by California expats as an expression of quality coffee, more direct relationships with farmers (they post a "Coffee Manifesto" beneath the front counter/register), and trendier brew bar offerings with a Slowbar that offers Chemex, Hario pour-over, Aeropress, and syphon brewing. With a Diedrich roaster in back for their on-site roasting, they produce mostly single origin roasts for retail use and retail sale. Located at the mouth of the Pike Place Market, they offer an outdoor seating patio sectioned off from the sidewalk traffic. Inside it's a wider but spare space with a bare, darker concrete slab floor, worn wooden tables and chairs, and a rear wooden bench for seating. There are shelves of antique coffee brewing equipment, which is a nice touch, and near their Slowbar there are shelves of merchandising: Aeropress, Baratza grinders, kettles, French presses, etc. For espresso they offer their "award-winning" Seattle Space blend along with a single origin option from their two-group Synesso. With the Space Blend, rated here, they pull a shot with a very even, non-descript medium brown crema. It's filled rather high in their Espresso Supply Cremaware demitasses from China. As a result, the body - like the crema - is a bit thin. It has a pungent flavor with some sharper acidity of apples, some cinnamon, and other spices. A classically redundant "Third Wave" espresso lacking much body, richness, or breadth of flavor. Served with sparking water (what the locals call "soda water") on the side. We had a surprisingly better shot with their single origin Panama Carmen: richer in flavor depth with more rounded, body-friendly notes. Perhaps the Slowbar is the way to go here - if not the single origin shots. The blend here tastes a little too much like California still.