Their coffee bean
s are roasted at their Roasteria
location on Denny Road, just off Broadway in Seattle
's Capitol Hill
neighborhood. Their location on Broadway proper is just a coffee cart
, which also serves great espresso
drinks, but is hardly as awe-inspiring
as the cafe at the Roasteria.
Famous not just for their insanely great
espresso, the barista
s there also take the time to pour a swirly rosetta
pattern of milk foam in every cafe latte
. Even the caffeine-addicted zombie
s who stumble in for their morning latte fix have been seen taking a moment to admire the barista's handiwork before drinking away their withdrawl headaches.
who runs the joint is David Schomer
, a veritable fanatic
about the art of espresso, who writes and speaks extensively about the best ways to consistently make "una bella tazza di caffe
". For anyone who gives a damn about pulling the perfect shot, his book, Espresso Coffee: Professional Techniques
, is a must read.
I used to enjoy Espresso Vivace beans at home only sporadically back when I bothered to make the three hour drive to Seattle, but now that I've gotten a few friends to go in with me, we've been able to scrape up a weekly order for their two-pound shipping minimum. The orders typically arrive at my office in Portland
within a day of being roasted. My officemates are so jealous
, even though most of them would never bother to make their own espresso at home.