We all have our go to coffee spots, our ride-or-dies so to speak, but it’s always nice to try something new when in a new city - and the comfort of a morning cup of joe is a great way to introduce yourself to a new place. So whether it's a day trip to Tacoma, or a weekend trip to the faux Bavarian town of Leavenworth a great cappuccino or americano are not hard to find.
Tacoma - Manifesto
Tucked away on Hilltop in Tacoma is a tiny coffee shop serving maybe one of the best cups of coffee in the area. This place is heaven for those no-nonsense black coffee drinkers. A menu with only handful of options and few house-made syrups from the cocktail bar next door, 1022 St J., the roasted in-house beans are always the star of any cup. Manifesto is a relatively new coffee joint in Tacoma but already has quite a loyal customer base.
Olympia - Burial Grounds
Burial Grounds is a quirky shop serving up some seriously unique coffee in our states' Capital. Sure you can get an espresso or an americano to fill the tank, but maybe a spicy Mayan Mocha might be an option to power you through the workday. Or for those serious days, the Grave Robber offers those who need a serious wakeup six shots of espresso and a little hazelnut. It’s also a fun place to hang out with creepy-cool decor, a little library of books, and a welcoming community with plenty of tables you’ll have a relaxing place to work.
Leavenworth - J5
You might think this faux-Bavarian town smack in the middle of the state might not have that many coffee options available, especially when it has mulled wine to contend with on a cold winter's day, but J5 coffee might be the most-hidden coffee gem around. Family-run and boasting a traditional menu (doppio’s and cortado's along with the usual lattes and hot chocolates) it's also a one-stop shop to amp up your coffee-making skills with a bevy of accouterments available for purchase.
Spokane - Spaceman Coffee
When in Spokane, why not stop by a Bowie-inspired space-themed coffee shop? Spaceman is as dedicated to their coffee as they are to space. There is even a space suit in the front window! While the front of the shop has a small seating area, you can enjoy your cup behind the shop where it fronts the Richmond Art Collective gallery.
Bellingham - Black Drop Coffeehouse
With options like the a peanut butter banana mocha called Fat Elvis, or the popular Bee’s Knees rose honey latte, those who enjoy a little adventure with their coffee can come to Black Drop Coffeehouse at the oldest independent coffee house in Bellingham for one of their signature drinks. If you're more of a simple guy/gal, don’t worry. They serve a great cup of brewed coffee too.