Where Innovators Meet Up: The Greater Seattle Coffee Cluster

11/14/08Follow @gthuang

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Caffe Migliore
1215 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Rebecca Lovell from Alliance of Angels calls this her personal favorite downtown, citing the great coffee and “very tasteful atmosphere.”

Caffe D’Arte
125 Stewart St, Seattle, WA
Jodie Cadieux says this joint is popular with people from nearby Verdiem.

Caffe Senso Unico
622 Olive Way, Seattle, WA
Kevin Pedraja and the folks from Sterling Communications refuel here.

Caffe Umbria
320 Occidental Ave South, Seattle, WA
Frequented by Kevin Merritt of Blist, Tony Wright of RescueTime, and Kelly Smith of Pressplane and Curious Office. Good for meetings, but Wi-Fi reportedly “sucks.”

Caffe Vita
1005 E. Pike St, Seattle, WA
Located near Josh Petersen and the Robot Co-op folks.

Cherry Street Coffee House
103 Cherry St, Seattle, WA
Favored by Ben Elowitz of Wetpaint, though he sticks to Starbucks’ Vivanno drinks these days.

Downtown Cups
65 Marion St, Seattle, WA
Nathan Kaiser of nPost has sipped an iced chai or two here, at least in summertime.

Espresso Vivace
321 Broadway Ave East, Seattle, WA
Formerly on Denny Way in Capitol Hill, this is a Nathan Myhrvold favorite.

Essential Baking Company
1604 N. 34th St, Seattle, WA
Staff from Leroy Hood’s Institute for Systems Biology (across the street) have been spotted here.

Fremont Coffee Company
459 N. 36th St, Seattle, WA
The staff of Tableau Software cite this joint’s double-tall Americanos and quiet privacy.

Grand Central Bakery & Cafe
1616 Eastlake Avenue East, Seattle, WA
A hotspot for the M.D./Ph.D. crowd, as it’s downstairs from the biotech Accelerator and researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

Kahili Coffee
105 South Lake St, Kirkland, WA
Techies praise the coffee beans and the atmosphere for working on the next Google. Bill Bryant of Draper Fisher Jurvetson calls it “the place where people meet in Kirkland.”

Le Fournil
3230 Eastlake Ave East, Seattle, WA
Ethan Lowry of Urbanspoon cites “some delicious pastries” and says he goes often because it’s across the street, but notes “it isn’t as good as we would like.” (Food critics.)

Louisa’s Bakery & Cafe
2379 Eastlake Ave East, Seattle, WA
Andy Sack of Founder’s Co-op hosts open-coffee hour every Tuesday morning. He recommends the blueberry scones, and favors a 12-oz single-shot nonfat latte.

Mandolin Cafe
3923 South 12th St., Tacoma, WA
A favorite of Jim Crabbe from Konnects.

Miro Tea
5405 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA
VCs and techies drop by for meetings at this place in a fashionable slice of Ballard. Co-owned by Thong Le of WRF Capital.

Motore Coffee
1904 9th Ave, Seattle, WA
Dave Schappell of TeachStreet recommends this cafe, which is the home of John Musser, founder of ProgrammableWeb.

Noah’s Bagels
7808 SE 28th St, Mercer Island, WA
Recommended by investor and entrepreneur Nikesh Parekh as one of his favorite spots for coffee/breakfast.

Online Coffee Company (Capitol Hill)
1404 E Pine St, Seattle, WA
Casey Muratori of Molly Rocket calls this one of “the best laptop working locations in the city,” citing its task chairs and ethernet jacks.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea
3401 Fremont Ave North, Seattle, WA
A favorite of Christian Chabot of Tableau Software. Folks rave about the English Breakfast tea and the hidden upper deck, perfect for private meetings.

Revolutions
7012 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA
Recommended by Jeff Lawson of Twilio, who praises the coffee, Wi-Fi, and lots of outlets and entrepreneurs.

Starbucks (2nd and Seneca)
1191 Second Ave, Seattle, WA
Frequented by Geoff Entress and Madrona Venture Group staff. … Next Page »

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @gthuang

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  • Hans

    Some of the independents on the Eastside… Cafe Ladro, Kahili Coffee, Lyons Den, and my personal favorite Spotted Cow Cream & Bean.

  • http://xidey.wordpress.com Anthony Stevens

    I’ll second Hans’ recommendation of Kahili Coffee in Kirkland. They use Zoka beans and have a really nice atmosphere for working on the next Google.

  • http://www.xconomy.com/author/ghuang/ Gregory T. Huang

    Thanks guys — I’m getting a bunch of places coming in from the Eastside. Will update later today or this weekend.

  • http://www.teachstreet.com Dave Schappell

    Hey Greg,

    Some others I’d recommend:

    Motore – at 9th & Stewart — home of John Musser (founder of http://www.programmableweb.com)

    Fuel (on 19th)

    Victroa (on 15th)

    Verite / Cupcake Royale (on 34th)

  • http://www.twilio.com Jeff Lawson

    I’m a Greek Lake man myself, so Revolutions (http://www.thecoffeerevolution.com/) is the place to be. Great (Cafe Vita) coffee, lots of outlets, decent wifi, and fellow entrepreneurs abound.

    -jeff

  • http://www.teachstreet.com Dave Schappell

    Jeff, I never would have taken you for a fraternity type…

  • Doug Mahugh

    There was a Ballmer sighting at the Overlake Village Starbucks in Redmond a few months ago.

  • http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle Blog

    Gosh, we’re not entirely innovator-free over here on the peninsula. We mentioned this to our crowd and got some suggestions.

  • http://kashless.org martin tobias

    Well, you got me Greg, yes I do like to go on the Segway. I have interviewed all my employees there and had many meetings. It is especially great when the sun is out to sit outside in the Cape Cod Adirondacks facing south. On the consumption side, I can tell alot about someone by the coffee shop they ask to meet at.

  • Stu Wiley

    Eastside:
    Chain stores used because of easy logistics – Tullys preferred over ‘bucks.

    Tully’s on Main Bellevue –
    Tully’s Clyde Hill – Ballmer is a regular, not exactly private
    Tully’s Eastgate – to catch I-90 commuters/Eastside angels and Telco hill.

    *Lyons Den – Bothell
    *Kahili-Kirkgoogle
    *Cafe Ladro-Bothell (not as good of coffee as on Queen Anne – how can that be?)
    *Spotted Cow – Mill Creek

  • http://www.uopen.com Richard Braun

    Greg, the 2 best coffee shops in Seattle have not been mentioned yet. Victrola Coffee on Capital Hill is a favorite of mine as well as other Seattle entrepreneurs and the famous Zoka south of Greenlake (more of a working environment, than a meet-up hotbed)–both have ample seating and roast their own beans..

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