I’m due for a visit to Seattle; there’s a sweet baby boy I’m dying to meet and three young ladies, a little further east, I’m hoping to hang out with. I wanted to go this past BC Day long weekend but alas, life got in the way. Instead, I spent Saturday running errands all over the city. On Sunday we joined the Pride festivities, and I spent the Monday off watching the entire season of Stranger Things. It was a satisfying weekend, but I still need to go to Seattle.
A few months ago on my last visit to Seattle, we popped into Elm Coffee Roasters during our coffee break and loved it.
I’d read about Elm on my favourite coffee blog and it certainly did not disappoint. We instantly fell in love with the minimalist open space washed in lots of natural light. The shop is located in a quieter section of Pioneer Square, it’s close to London Plane, another great breakfast spot.
It’s the sort of place you want to find when you need a quiet unrushed moment or some time to yourself to write or contemplate. It’s also conducive for a little group that just needs a spot to hang out for a bit. We lingered over our coffees, chatting in hushed tones and taking photos, and I even got a little bit of journaling done.
The space is inspiring; bright clean décor with pale wood furnishings. The airy bar area, spaced seating and exposed roastery in the back, along with thoughtful friendly baristas make for a welcoming atmosphere.
The café offers espressos (and espresso based drinks) pulled from a La Marzocco machine, batch brewed coffee, teas, pastries sourced from London Plane and vegan doughnuts from Top Pot. I had a latte, made with their deliciously creamy in-house hazelnut milk and a fragrant slice of cardamom cake. The coffee tastes clean, rich (not bitter) and flavourful, just how I like my coffee.
Beans are roasted on site, a Probat roaster sits behind a glass at the back of the store. Elm roasts its beans very light, that’s their thing. I came home with a bag of their beautifully packaged beans.
I hope I get to make a trip back to Seattle soon on one of these sunny weekends left in summer.
Elm Coffee Roasters
240 2nd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104