Where Innovators Meet Up: The Greater Seattle Coffee Cluster
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
1401 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Bryce Baril of MarketOutsider and others have been known to get work done at this flagship store.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”