Caffé Vita

Overall Rating: 7.800

Address: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 17801 International Blvd.
Cross Street(s): Concourse C, next to Gate C3 and Beecher's Cheese
City, State ZIP: Seattle, WA 98158
Phone: 206.209.5190
Hours: Su-Sa 5am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 9
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Synesso
Coffee Rating: 8.60
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 9
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Co.
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.35
Last Update: 11/20/2014
First Reviewed: 11/20/2014
Notes: Kiosk; Coffee Sales

There are a few great things about the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (or SeaTac). One is a SubPop retail shop that opened in May 2014. Another is a Beecher's Cheese shop. And next door to Beecher's is a full-on legitimate (not just for the airport-weary) Caffé Vita. This ain't your ordinary airport espresso. Ignore the Hall of Shame Starbucks alley of Concourse B and head for Concourse C, near Gate C3. Surprise!: no superautomated Schaerer machine with barely employable baristas under airport union contracts and under a licensed Caffé Vita brand name. Legit baristas and a three-group Synesso machine. They sell baked goods and coffee only here with stand-up kiosk service only -- so keep a free hand. They pull shots with a picture-perfect reddish brown tiger-striped crema of solid thickness and mouthfeel. The cup has a decent body and a great balance of some herbal pungency, citric brightness, and heavy body elements. Served in a white Caffé Vita logo Nuova Point cup. The milk-frothing can be a bit dry and airy, but it's even and good - albeit only available in paper cups. This is a coffee oasis for any airport in the world and is arguably the best airport espresso we've ever had.