I don’t normally go to Columbia City often… but there are three main reasons I go there. 1. Whenever the latest Harry Potter movie comes out, we go to the Columbia City theater. 2. During the summer for the Columbia City art work and 3. For great pizza at Tutta Bella. Then there’s the forth reason that I will pass by and that is to go to the Department of Licensing… which just happens to be the reason I recently found myself going there first thing in the morning. It was on the way back from the DOL that I planned to stop at one of the coffee shops in Colombia City before heading on to work and so as I was driving through the main street, I noticed the signage advertising Attibassi Espresso right next to Tutta Bella’s signage. Since I had never heard of Attibassi before and I’m always looking to try out a new espresso roast and/or blend, I knew I had to stop and get my morning latte there. It was only after I stepped into the ‘coffee shop’ that I realized, “wait, this is Tutta Bella“.
It was a bit of a surprise to find the place open with a full on espresso bar and pastries (which looked really good I might add). Nonetheless, there were already a few folks getting their morning coffee and goodies.
I talked to the barista a bit about the coffee. What he told me was that Tutta Bella actually import their coffee beans all the way from Bologna Italy and they get in shipments a couple of times a week. This I found to be interesting, that Tutta Bella, unlike most of the establishments in Seattle that serve coffee, does not source their roasted coffee beans from local Seattle area companies but from Attibbassi, the Italian coffee roasting company from the region of Bologna. This was great cause I rarely do get to try European coffee so this was awesome.
One thing that was a bit worrisome was that the barista didn’t know what blend the coffee espresso he was serving was. I tried to explain but be kept thinking I was talking about the company. From what I was able to find from the Attibassi website, there are two espresso blends they roast. These are “Espresso Italiano” and “Espresso Italiano Crema d’oro”. I suspect that Tutta Bella serves the former.
Overall, the coffee was pretty decent. It was a nice Italian roast, medium, pretty soft. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was a tad, just a tad too mild… and they did not have raw sugar so I had to use regular white sugar which I generally only use when I have no other choice. Overall, I would certainly go back for another latte… and this time get a pastry too. I guess they now open at 6:00 am for morning espresso and pastries and I think serve a great need for those in Columbia City
As a side note, Attibassi was founded in 1918 by two Italians, Mr Agostino Atti and Mr. Marco Bassi and hence the name, Attibassi.