15th Avenue Coffee & Tea aka Starbucks

15th Avenue Coffee & Tea, originally uploaded by andai.

I’m not a big fan of Starbucks simply because I do not think they serve great espresso… however, I liked the direction in which they were going when they opened their ‘back to their roots’, indie inspired coffee shops.

The first to be open, with much publicity and a bit of fanfair I must say was 15th Avenue Coffee & Tea on Capital Hill’s 15th avenue up in Seattle. Shortly after this one, they opened a second, Roy Street Coffee & Tea…. located on Roy Street right at north end of Broadway up on Capital Hill. As you can guess, each store was named after the street on which it is located.

As I had mentioned in a previous post, their coffee was actually pretty decent. I would certainly go back if it were not for the fact that there are plenty of great coffee shops on Capital hill.

And now that its been over a year since they first opened, I was thinking about the 15th Ave and wondering how they were doing. And since I haven’t been in the US since last December, it’s hard to tell but Starbucks Melody, the source for all things Starbucks has a interesting post that includes some of the changes that have happened. Some of these changes include the interior decor and some include the offerings.

Frankly, I am not surprised that they decided to introduce grilled sandwiches and salads. But judging from the pictures on Melody’s post, I’m not too keen on the new interior decor… but I guess if the coffee is decent and folks got tired of the ‘hard’ seats, than why not

Seattle Espresso in Auckland City

Although coffeehouse espresso culture did not start in Seattle, Starbucks and by extension Seattle has been instrumental in spreading this culture around the glob. Even in New Zealand where folks are pretty particular about the quality of their espresso, Seattle apparently dues get its due.

Oh and I took this picture in Auckland

Coffee Supreme from Perretts Corner Cafe

Not just the coffee, but I also loved the colors and the lighting at Perretts Corner Cafe & Bar. Perretts is located on Manners Street in Wellington…

And this is actually one of my favorite coffee cup pictures…


One Flat White and One Long Black

Flat White and a Long Black, originally uploaded by andai.

This is what we get in the office, our preferred choice of an espresso drink. The barista makes really great coffee, grinding the beans fresh each morning.

The beans come from a local roasting company called Ripe Coffee.

Ripe Coffee

Ripe Coffee, originally uploaded by andai.

I love the design of Ripe coffee cups… And their coffee is actually pretty decent too

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