Even though it appears we have different tastes in coffee, yesterday I was inspired by Coffee Nomad to leave the house with my camera on a coffee adventure. There was a place in the Capitol Hill region near Seattle University called WaterTown Coffee I had been wanting to try. It was a nice 3.5 mile urban hike away.
When heading south on 12th Ave, look for this on your left.
When I do my Seattle espresso urban hikes, I will do my best to size up a new coffee house before stepping into the place. The first thing I look for is a sticker by the front door that indicates who their coffee roaster is. No matter how great the cafe is, if the beans are from a 2nd or 3rd tier roaster, then I’m not interested. WaterTown Coffee proudly displays the Espresso Vivace sticker. You know I like that!
Watertown has a full kitchen, WIFI, and even an XBOX. But really all I care about is espresso. At WaterTown Coffee there is a large mirror behind the barista. This means you can see your drink being made without cranking your head around the counter. I watched as the barista dialed in my shot. Excellent attention to detail.
WaterTown Coffee front sign
How was the espresso? Perfect.
I actually enjoyed it more than the shots I’ve had at the actual Espresso Vivace locations themselves. The pour was a little longer than the tight ristrettos served at Vivace, which I still **love**. However, my experience is the Dolce Blend can handle a little more volume and WaterTown proved that. By a “little more“, I’m talking maybe an extra 1/2 ounce.
WaterTown Coffee makes an excellent espresso. Well done.
Coffee Nomad – The Adventures of a Coffee Wondering Fiend
WaterTown Coffee – 550 12th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
UPDATE: WaterTown closed in October 2010