Seattle coffee fiends — in fact, coffee fiends around the world — are already well aware of the gaping hole left in local — global — coffee culture when the original Vivace roasterie location was finally torn down. Sound Transit is putting in a light rail station where Vivace once stood. The train hasn't been built yet, but they've cleared out the lot, tearing down several local businesses.
Vivace had some lead time, and an innovative leader in David Schomer, and they've already opened a new store on the other end of the block, in addition to the one down by the REI.
But for a Seattle native, there's nothing quite like the Vivace Sidewalk Bar on Broadway. An hour ago I stopped by in the middle of running errands all over town. It's a grey, misty, miserable, cold, dark day in Seattle (a "mizzy" one, as my sister puts it). The kind that drives non-natives crazy, but which I happen to relish. Still the cold and rain and darkness can get you down. Which is why we have ta-daaaaa! the best sidewalk espresso in North America.
True professional baristas making you true espresso beverages. It's tucked into a little stand just between a couple of retail spots. Just a warm, red little space without even a door. Just step in under the awning from the rain, order your drink, and two world-class baristas make your cappucccino with speed and aplomb.
I had a cappuccino today, and a conversation with barista, Teal, an old friend of mine. It really made my day. Now that the sun is setting at 4:23 pm, I'm back in my house doing a little work on the Ethiopia project, and this cappuccino's making everything all right in my universe.
So there you have it, Vivace's classic cappuccino, this week's Coffee of the Week.