Living in America’s coffee capital, you’re never far from a respectable coffee shop. Seattle’s rich coffee culture gives residents access to an array of world-class beans, roasted using innovative and flavor-optimizing techniques. Recent development in Ballard has seen stellar new coffee shops join the ranks of longstanding institutions. If you’re in the neighborhood and are looking to explore the neighborhood coffee scene, check out these cafes.
This beautiful, skillfully designed Ballard coffee shop has received enough praise that people from throughout Seattle trek to Ballard to see what the fuss is about. If you live in AMLI Mark24, the morning Anchored Ship delivers is just a five-minute walk away.
Modern decor and lots of light are Ballard Coffee Works’ defining physical characteristics. On the java front, the cafe is known for its flavorful and sometimes inventive espresso blends. Drink options and quality at the Ballard outpost are the same as at Seattle Coffee Works’ downtown location, but the lines are usually shorter. Ballard Coffee Works is one block east of AMLI Mark24 on Market Street.
Two blocks southeast of AMLI Mark24, Ballard’s Caffe Fiore is another nearby coffee shop specializing in espresso-based beverages. Caffe Fiore is one of Seattle’s first 100-percent organic-certified coffee houses. To promote community, Caffe Fiore provides community tables designed to be shared by patrons who don’t know one another, but may just want to look up from their reading and say hello.
Family owned and operated, Grumpy D’s is a model independent coffee shop. Grumpy D’s serves Capri, Taormina, and other coffee blends, with beans roasted by Federal Way roaster Cafe d’Arte. The Ballard coffee shop, a five-minute drive from AMLI Mark24, also serves several breakfast and lunch items.
Good coffee is a must for any Seattle cafe that hopes to stay in business, and Java Bean satisfies this condition in spades. Regulars rave about the breakfast sandwiches and pastries. But Java Bean is perhaps best known for its cozy, mountain-themed decor and friendly barista service. This Ballard coffee shop is less than five minutes’ walk north of AMLI Mark24 on 24th Avenue NW.
Java Jahn is another Ballard coffee shop with the ingredients to help you start your day off right. Liquid energy, in the form of your favorite espresso drink or drip coffee blend, comes compliments of Lighthouse Roasters. Pair it with a delicious bagel, breakfast sandwich, burrito, waffle, pastry, or oatmeal. Conveniently located between AMLI Mark24 and Ballard Bridge, Java Jahn is a convenient place to stop on your morning commute.
Just two blocks east of AMLI’s Ballard apartments on Market Street, Sip & Ship pitches a unique concept. Drop in to ship a package anywhere in the world, and fuel up with a cup of joe while you’re at it. If that’s not enough, shop Sip & Ship’s card, wine, and clothing collections. Or you can go just for a cup of coffee, brewed with beans roasted at Olympia’s beloved Batdorf & Bronson.
Slate roasted coffee for many celebrated Seattle coffee shops before opening its first permanent location in Ballard. Slate Coffee Bar has a minimalist design and a menu to match, but you don’t hear anyone complain about the parred down offerings. A five-minute drive from AMLI’s Ballard apartments, Slate’s espresso beverages are guaranteed to give you a jolt on even the sleepiest of mornings.
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