Where Innovators Meet Up: The Greater Seattle Coffee Cluster

11/14/08Follow @gthuang

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Starbucks (Pacific Place)
600 Pine St, Seattle, WA
Marcelo Calbucci of Sampa and Seattle 2.0 has been known to have coffee at the Barnes & Noble.

Starbucks (One Union Square)
600 University St, Seattle, WA
Scott Darling of Frazier Technology Ventures goes here (it’s in his building).

Starbucks (Columbia Tower, 40th Floor)
701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA
Frequented by downtown lawyers and high-powered execs.

Starbucks (Lake Union)
1200 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA
Matt Hulett of WidgetBucks favors this Lake Union branch.

Starbucks (Madison Park)
4000 E. Madison St, Seattle, WA
A legendary haunt for VCs, tech executives, and biotechies.

Starbucks (University Village)
4634 26th Ave NE, Seattle, WA
Carl Weissman of Accelerator and OVP Venture Partners has often taken meetings here.

Starbucks (Bellevue)
10214 NE 8th, Bellevue, WA
Brent Frei of Smartsheet says he meets other business folks a lot at this Eastside branch.

Starbucks (Redmond Town Center)
7301 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA
Populated by AT&T folks, and wireless startups looking for an audience with the carrier.

Starbucks (First Hill)
1301 Madison St, Seattle, WA
No great shakes, but close enough to Xconomy Seattle headquarters when we journalists need a break.

St. James Espresso
355 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA
Max Ciccotosto of Wishpot lists this cafe as one where he regularly meets with folks on the Eastside.

Stumptown Coffee
1115 12th Ave, Seattle, WA
The Robot Co-op folks like this place too.

Top Pot Doughnuts
2124 5th Ave, Seattle, WA
Kelly Smith of Curious Office and Pressplane says this “under the monorail” spot is quiet upstairs, has good wireless, and there’s “always a place to sit.”

Tougo Coffee
1410 18th Ave, Seattle, WA
Jude O’Reilley of Trusera gives a shout-out to this joint’s coffee, tea, Wi-Fi, and “good vibe for meetings of the mind.”

Trabant Coffee & Chai
602 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
Dan Shapiro of Ontela likes this Pioneer Square joint because it’s close, and it has a Clover drip-coffee machine.

Tully’s (Downtown)
1401 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Bryce Baril of MarketOutsider and others have been known to get work done at this flagship store.

Tully’s (Fremont)
101 Nickerson St, Seattle, WA
Steve McCracken of CultureMob has been known to take meetings here. It’s close to his office, and the wireless access sure beats Starbucks.

Tully’s (Bellevue)
10812 Main St, Bellevue, WA
Sunny Gupta of Apptio has frequented this branch on the Eastside. Marcelo Calbucci says if you sit here long enough, you’ll see many meetings.

Tully’s (Clyde Hill)
8805 Points Dr NE, Clyde Hill, WA
Steve Ballmer of Microsoft is reportedly a regular at this swanky Eastside branch.

Uptown Espresso (Belltown)
2504 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Ken Myer of the Washington Technology Industry Association used to work in here before he got his office on Alaskan Way. Generally popular with techies.

Uptown Espresso (South Lake Union)
500 Westlake Ave North, Seattle, WA
Frequented by folks from Rosetta Inpharmatics, VLST, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, and the UW’s South Lake Union labs.

Uptown Espresso (West Seattle)
3845 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA
This bustling West Seattle branch is favored by local entrepreneurs and residents for meetings.

Victor’s Coffee
7993 Gilman St, Redmond, WA
Frequented by Max Ciccotosto of Wishpot and Dan Shapiro of Ontela for meetings on the Eastside. Also populated by Microsoft and AT&T folks. Randy Schatzman of Alder BioPharmaceuticals says the coffee is very good, but warns of the “Coffee Nazi.”

Victrola Coffee
413 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA
A favorite of many techies, including Dave Schappell and Richard Braun. It has ample seating and roasts its own beans. Another nearby branch is on Pike St.

Zeitgeist
171 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA
Recommended by Max Ciccotosto of Wishpot, for meetings that require demos (wireless). Kelly Smith of Curious Office also praises the wireless.

Zoka
2200 N 56th St, Seattle, WA
Techies cite the good working environment filled with college students, but Dan Shapiro of Ontela says “there’s a few deals getting done between the term papers.”

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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