I am spending the weekend at Bumbershoot, the three day music and arts festival held in Seattle at the Seattle Center. This is a great festival to check out various art types of performances especially dance, literary readings, improve, comedy and artwork from local, regional and international artists. There are also some interesting bands, most I never heard of but never the less, you get the chance to check them out. Each night there will be a major headliner who most would recognize. Tonight its Beck, tomorrow, the Stone Temple Pilots and Monday will be Death Cab for Cutie.
Whenever you have these kinds of huge festivals and events, there are usually huge crowds of people. Eventually these people get hungry and thirsty and Bumbershoot always has plenty of food and drink options. But with regards to drinks, and more specifically coffee, there are only three main options. The first option is Starbucks. No surprise there being that this is Seattle, the home of Starbucks. The second option is Tully’s another Seattle based coffee roastings company and the third option is a small coffee and beignet stand called, Cafe Beignet. All three of these operate year round from within the Seattle Center House at the Seattle Center. However, during Bumbershoot, Starbucks will also add a couple of outdoor coffee stands. One of the stands is usually within the Memorial Stadium and the other is located just south of the INTIMAN Theatre and right by the International Fountain Lawn. Tully’s does not have its own store in the Center House but they have an area within Bubbles Inc., so you can get your espresso fix there.
I tend to go to Cafe Beignet for my coffee and some beignets or I would get an elephant ear. As a side note, for those of you from Kenya (or Tanzania) who don’t know what a beignet is, think, mandazi. I find they have pretty decent coffee. The coffee is nice and strong. They use beans from Bean Collection Company, a Seattle based roasting company. The beans have decent flavor are actually not too bad at all. I would certainly recommend that if you are within the Seattle Center – Bumbershoot area, then this is the place to get a good cup of coffee. By the way, so not mistake this Cafe Beignet with a number cafes with similar names. There are some in New Orleans, LA and also in Oregon
But if you are a die hard Starbucks person, and I know there are a lot out there, then I would suggest that you go to the Starbucks in the Center House rather than the Starbucks tents they set-up temporarily for the event.
There are other options for good coffee but you would have to leave the Bumbershoot area for these. The closest is Cafe Zingaro which is on the corner of Mercer St and Warren Avenue North, just west of the northwestern entrance/exit. They have great coffee and I’ll talk more about it in a future posting. By the way, Zingaro is Italian for Gypsy.
Anyway Bumbershoot runs till Monday so there is still the rest of the weekend to go enjoy some great art performances and a nice espresso too…