Fonte Coffee Roasters: 1321 1st Ave (Downtown)


I’ve made many stops at Fonte Coffee Roasters, but I have never looked forward to making a stop here more.

To cut straight to the chase, Ethiopia Nekisse. I walked up to Barista Katie Hartline and inquired about the Nekisse; “better than yesterday,” I was told. I quickly ordered a straight espresso and a syphon and found my seat with Matthew Longoria, who had just finished his own shot of the exquisite Ethiopian coffee. We both agreed that the Nekisse was a coffee that we were excited about in ways that most Ethiopian coffees had failed to do. I’m not down playing how awesome East African coffees are, but I find it hard to be blown away by many Ethiopians. The coffee is sourced by Ninety Plus Coffee, who has supposedly been working with this coffee over the past 4 1/2 years , according to sources. This is something that makes the Nekisse coffee something every coffee enthusiasts should try. Specialty coffee roasters have been working with coffee producers over the past years to help improve quality and processing methods that inevitably raise the premium for that producers coffee; the Nekisse is a great example of such a coffee. The SOE (Single Origin Espresso) shot was pulled on the beautiful Kees van der Westen Mirage Triplette that Fonte has on it’s beautiful coffee bar. While distracted by the shiny objects and beautiful people of downtown Seattle walking by, I was brought my espresso while lounging in their comfortable chairs. This naturally processed coffee extracted as a SOE started with deep notes of dark chocolate followed by strong lavender notes that dominated the cup. The espresso finished with a sparkling acidity and smooth notes of honey that caressed the back of my palate as I gently tilted the demitasse back… good to the last drop. If you think this review of the coffee was intimate, just wait until you take time out of your day to sit down and get to know this coffee. It’ll be something that calls your name as you wake up in the morning.

Fonte Coffee Roasters opened up their downtown Seattle location early August 2009. Fonte has been roasting the past 18 years in Georgetown, a neighborhood in the southern end of Seattle.

Fonte Coffee is open from 6am to 9pm Monday through Friday, and 7am to 10pm on weekends.

You can follow Fonte Coffee on Twitter, @FonteCoffee.

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