Yes, it’s yet another new coffee shop in Seattle!

Caffe Fiore

I know what you’re thinking. Come on, Shauna, do we really need yet another new coffee shop in our fair city? The answer: when it’s the Fiore organic coffee house on Queen Anne, the answer is yes. Yes, we do.

A couple of weeks ago, I was going home on the #2 bus, idly looking out the window and wishing to be there already. But I woke up when we passed Trader Joe’s, and I saw a burnished-new building with large plate glass windows. And etched onto those windows: Organic Coffee House.

Now, I’ve counted seven coffee houses within fifteen minutes walking distance from my humble abode. Certainly, I have the lion’s share of choices here. And I like them all. I’ve been known to write a fair amount of words at El Diablo, while sipping authentic cafe con leches. Macrina Bakery’s coffee is about the only comestible I can partake of there, since I can no longer eat gluten. It’s a little cruel to myself to go there, but it is 40 yards from my front door. And I’ve even (gasp) stopped in at the Starbucks at the top of the hill before, when I’m having a a coffee emergency. I don’t lack for caffeine around here. And that’s only my neighborhood.

But now, you’ll find me exclusively at Caffe Fiore on Galer. This is the second location for the organic coffee house, following the Ballard location on 85th. But I don’t live in Ballard. And I love this place.

The coffee tastes dark and authentic, without a hint of bitterness. The baristas smile wide while they create impressive designs in your foam. And everything in the place is organic: the coffee, the milk, the chocolate, and even the syrups with which you can choose to sweeten your drinks. And they stock Mighty-O doughnuts for the vegans, tasty treats from Grand Central Bakery, and even gluten-free delicacies from the Flying Apron Bakery. (This made me nearly squeal, especially when I saw the apricot thumbprint cookies.) I feel at home there, already.

It’s open from 6 am to 7 pm, and the neighborhood is already flocking there. But I’m sure you can find a place at the large, dark tables, nestle down with your fresh, hot drink, and enjoy the sweet feeling of knowing you’re helping the world by drinking your coffee.

1 Comment so far

  1. TonyD (unregistered) on October 6th, 2005 @ 10:40 am

    Every new coffee shop means another person who has to walk one less block to get coffee, and that’s a value I can get behind.

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