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Just traveled to Seattle… the city for coffee lovers!

March 15, 2010

Seattle is the perfect city for coffee lovers!  I just got back last weekend and enjoyed my whole trip.  Not only was I wired off of coffee the whole trip, but I enjoyed all my coffee till the last drop.

Every corner I looked there was a coffee or pastry shop.  Tully’s and Zeitgeist were some local favorites… but of course Starbucks and Seattle’s Best were nearly at every corner as well.  For pastries, you can’t beat the french store, Le Panier!  I stopped by three times during my trip for fresh bread, french macroons, orange almond tea cookies, and raspberry croissants!  For scones I think Specialty’s wins!  They had some great sandwiches as well.
Next time you are in Seattle be ready for some a caffeine and sugar high!  Until then, check out the article below for some coffee recommendations.  I tend to buy Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut.  What about you?

Big Bite Taste Test: Supermarket Coffee

Which coffee is best? We sipped through dozens of choices from the grocery store to figure out our favorites.

BEST INSTANT: Maxwell House Instant Coffee
Our tasters described this dark-colored quickie as full, smooth and nutty. “It tastes like coffee!” enthused one surprised cynic; another called its vanilla zing “heavenly.” Read full review »

BEST DECAF: Dunkin’ Donuts Dunkin’ Decaf
Tasters commented on its “nutty, round” and even “cake-ish” flavor, calling it a “sweetie-pie pick-me-up” and the “perfect sip.” Read full review »

BEST CLASSIC: Starbucks French Roast
Our panelists would brew this blend anytime of day, claiming it’s a “solid wake-me-up coffee,” perfect for “some midday oomph” or a “delightful nightcap.” Read full review »

BEST ORGANIC/FAIR-TRADE: Allegro Coffee Company Rwanda Karaba Whole Bean

This earthy blend is a “full, serious coffee—not for wimps,” warned one panelist. The beans, produced by the Koakaka cooperative outside the village of Karaba, would pair irresistibly with any doughnut. (at Whole Foods Markets) Read full review »

BEST FLAVORED: Community Coffee & Chicory New Orleans Blend
In a fiercely competitive category, the deep Arabica beans and bittersweet chicory of this chirpy NOLA favorite made for a “smooth finish”; one panelist found it “bold, rich and classy.” (communitycoffee.com) Read full review »

ARTICLE BY Ashlea Halpern | Photography by Levi Brown

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