I haven’t swooned about a Starbucks in forever and I’ve even been gushing about this one to total strangers since I went the other day. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle is so worth visiting if you love coffee and I’m so excited that it’s finally open.
Of course I had to go there with my dad who thankfully came to visit from Canada a few weeks after it opened. We have gone to coffee shops together since I was little and we have years of experience tasting hot chocolate, coffee and pastries and finding intriguing coffee shops where you can enjoy a hot drink and read the paper. I remember how excited my dad was when Starbucks first came to our neighborhood because espresso from Seattle was finally coming to Vancouver and I was thrilled the first time I waited in line there and they gave me a coupon because I waited. (Years ago they used to give out coupons anytime you waited longer than 5 minutes for a drink!!!)
It was only right we tried this new shop together.
And the Roastery is definitely more of a coffee tasting gymnasium than a coffee tasting room. It is so vast you can’t even see the whole place when you look around it and there is coffee bubbling and brewing and roasting in any corner you peek in. We managed to score a comfortable seat near a fireplace and window and we decided to do a tasting of one coffee three ways.
It’s amazing how differently the same coffee turns out when you try it made by a clover press, a chemex and as a pour over coffee. We really enjoyed the clover pressed coffee and this might have been the coffee we tried.
And I love that all the pastries here are made by Tom Douglas who makes some of my favorite pastries in Seattle at his Dahlia Bakery. (It was so cool to see his famous coconut cream pie bites in the Starbucks pastry case and I have a weakness for his peanut butter cookies too!)
I would like to go back again and see the beans actually get roasted-we saw some beans in one part of a roaster but didn’t have time to see the whole process complete. Apparently the beans roasted here get shipped ALL over the world, so it’s truly a working roaster/factory and I can see how a whole morning could slip away just taking all of it in.
So now I have my eye on some things you can buy at Starbucks like this coffee press and this gold Swarovski Tumbler. And in this particular store they have some really unique coffee items that aren’t in every store and I know my hubby would love like a coffee mill by Zassenhaus and cool pottery cups we could use at the cabin.
I loved the candy shop feel of the area where you could buy beans and it reminded me of the candy counters they used to have in the food emporium part of old department stores.
I hope this is a trend we’ll see more of in Seattle shops-more friendly spaces with neat ideas about food and drink and how to present these things thoughtfully. The Roastery was delightfully friendly and welcoming, my food and coffee was good, and my company was perfect. I will definitely be visiting again. Maybe even later today. Happy Monday!
(PS. do you love coffee? I usually drink lattes or Americanos but at Starbucks I can easily be tempted by caramel macchiatos.)