"Seattle's Best" According to Me: 15th Avenue Coffee & Tea

by tatiana on August 19, 2010

Friendly baristas, amazing coffee, live music AND amazing decor. DREAM COFFEE SHOP

About a month ago I went to Seattle for a wedding (which I will post about soon-ish). We stayed with our friends, and they live in the oh-so-hip Capitol Hill, where everyone looked fresh out of Urban Outfitters/Anthropology that weekend. The weather was beautiful, and so were the people. But not in the plastic-hipster Hollywood way, just in a laid back but still pretty polished way. ANY-WAY, moving along…

Marissa playing the community crossword puzzle while we waited for our order.

We walked to the wedding ceremony from our friends’ place because we could (which was awesome) and I was in desperate need of some caffeine, so we stopped at 15th Avenue Coffee & Tea, which we had passed on numerous occasions, but only ever peaked in to continue on down the street to take care of some much needed second-hand clothing shopping. (IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE: People. DO shop at Crossroads in Seattle. Not only is it more organized and smells better than the ones I’ve been to in SF, but everything is cheaper. The average price of a dress is $8. Just sayin’.)

That chandelier is made out of clothespins.

Ok, so where were we? Right, coffee. Basically, this shop is an independent coffee shop “inspired by Starbucks” according to their website (aka, owned by Starbucks). But don’t get me wrong. I love Starbucks, but I also love supporting independent coffee shops… regardless of who this place was affiliated with, that was the BEST iced vanilla latte I have ever consumed in my 26-year-old life. Do stop by if you are ever in the area.

In addition to the amazing latte, I think the most impressive aspect of this coffee shop on 15th and Thomas was the decor. Absolutely beautiful in an understated, just really cool way. From the clothespin chandelier, to the rustic and re-purposed water basin which now functions as the cream and sugar station, to my favorite (seen above), book pages on the walls. Genius? Yes, I think so.

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Marissa August 20, 2010 at 9:04 am

They also served beer and wine, meaning if I lived in Capitol Hill, I would be hanging out there any time of the day or night.


tatiana August 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Oh yeah! I forgot about the beer and wine. Yeah I’d be there everyday as well. Such a chill coffee shop.


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