If the Seattle NorthCountry locals carry a snobbish air when it comes to a cup of joe, it's only because, well, that's how we pass the long rainy months -- sipping one nice cup of the bean after another.
Here are your best bets for bold brew in the cities just north of Seattle.
Want quality coffee roasted in Seattle? Look no further. Caffe Ladro has 16 locations in the Puget Sound area -- they're doing something right. And they bake all of their goods in-house. Check out their Lynnwood locations for a cool Midcentury vibe and a latte with hearty crema.
This farmhouse chic coffeehouse also does gelato. It's also located at the trailhead of the North Creek Trail, which is a two-mile path that takes you to McCollum Park. Espresso. Gelato. Nature walk. You get the picture.
Wait... are we in Portland? Nope. It's Everett, baby. Exposed brick, natural light, big windows. Narrative is the number one spot for coffee in the Coastal Communities. And they rotate roasters, so there's always something fresh to sample. Locals know to ask for their from-scratch breakfast menu.
This is an adorable mom-and-pop café, tucked into a few hundred square feet off of Colby Avenue in downtown Everett. It may be the best-kept secret in town. The owner David is a bit of a mixologist and is always serving up something whimsical to drink.
You may not expect a delightful coffee roaster to be hidden in a strip mall in South Everett. But there they are -- Cracken Coffee Roasters. Their espresso stands on its own. Just try it over ice or with a dollop of half and half. That'll wake you up for all your Seattle NorthCountry adventures.
Urban Basecamp is a modern place in the Pacific Northwest. The coffee game is strong here. Come and see what the hype is about.