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December 16, 2009


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I've never had the pleasure, but the cap looks amazing! I'm trapped in the upper mid-west, and quality cafés are few and far between...non existent even. :( I aspire to open my own one day...after saving $$ :) I hope to visit Seattle one day, to visit the Mecca of coffee, and experience the Pacific NorthWest.

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I grew up in SF and went to the Caffe Trieste from HS through before I moved out here. We opened our own for 4 yrs in a small town. Sadly, went as far as we could go and luckily we got out before things started breaking down. We've been to that Vivace that was torn down on both trips out there in recent years, and purchase their beans for our espresso machine.
That one and the one that was torn down were excellent, as you mentioned. The one near REI which we tried once, wasn't a very good experience for some reason, so we never went back. Of course, Broadway is a better experience anyway.
BTW, enjoyed your video of Yirgacheffe also!


I would like to defend the REI location.

I stopped by while visiting my sister-in-law who lived up in Snohomish. I had three kids with me, my sister-in-law, and Lisa.

I had a drop dead perfect espresso. Seriously one of the top ten in my life. My Sister-in-Law loved her cappuccino. Lisa had a coffee latte which she liked--she had had better.The kids had some kind of hot cocoa type things + vegan donuts.

The three step down entry way is a nice touch. The wall art is all very cool coffee themed stuff. There was a kid friendly zone in the back by the free conference room. Plenty of diverse seating.

I got an Americano on the way out which was one of the best I have ever had.

The Vivace by REI is close to the freeway and easy to find (the REI building is easy to see from the Freeway), parking is easy, coffee is ridiculously good, atmosphere is friendly, totally hard for me to imagine anything much better in a coffee shop.

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