A friendly cup of coffee in Seattle (Slate Coffee, Ballard)


May 3, 2013 by Terumi

slate coffee serves your latte in stemware and is one of the best espresso stores in Seattle

Sometime last week I heard a rumor that a truck called Slate Coffee was selling my favorite Fuji Bakery pastries, so I had to go check it out.  Nevermind that I am not a big fan of food trucks (gasp!).  I just didn’t realize that they have sinks and real cooking facilities inside.  Until we went to Slate.


I pulled up with my van-load of littles and I’ve never had such a friendly food truck experience, especially with kids in tow.  They talked to me.  They talked to my kids.  They even let us peek inside.  And yes, there were sinks in that shiny airstream and it was truly sparkling clean.

Then the hubby and I found ourselves with a few moments this morning and decided we’d go grab a cup and a pain au chocolate at their new store.  When we walked in the door, we heard “If you have a minute would you like to come in and sit?”  We paused a minute and looked around.  Who was the barista talking to?  Did we walk into some kind of private party?

But no.  This is apparently a friendly coffee shop.  She was talking to us.  And yes, we sat down.  We enjoyed our pastries on a plate.  I tried some kind of orange/chocolate delight that paired so nicely with my perfect cup.


Which of course came in stemware dotted with a sweet little heart.  How perfect would this make a rainy, blustery, grumpy Seattle day?  Today was sunny and divine and I couldn’t have been more elated.  I hope friendly coffee in Seattle catches on.  I absolutely adore places like this.

(PS. I actually saw someone skip on their way out of the shop.)




  1. Sonja says:

    I wish I drank coffee. The coffeehouse culture really appeals to me, but I just can’t drink it!

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