I'm very particular about my coffee. In fact, I hope I don't offend any Seattlelites here but the coffee in Seattle isn't that great and doesn't live up to the hype. However... Vivace has great coffee. Great flavor and great baristas who care about each cup they poor. If it wasn't so difficult for me to get to this place id frequent this place on a daily.
I agree with Epic76 about the perfect 10 (and the wifi still doesn't work!) It's a nice enough place, and the staff are very friendly - I liked the offer of a sparkling water with my doppio. The clientele are as interesting as the neighbourhood, which is a positive, but there's now a lot of independent coffee competition in the neighbourhood. There's a big 'but', which is the 'length' of my coffee. I could see from the menu that they favoured ristrettos so I thought at least a doppio would give me something to drink. There could not have been more than 25ml of coffee in my cup, and possibly only 20ml. So what would an actual ristretto have been - 10ml?!? At that point, why not serve it in a pipette, and be done with it? To me the whole ristretto thing has a perverse machismo about it. When a coffee is that short there isn't even enough liquid to deliver the flavour, and there is no way it can hold any reasonable temperature even on the short trip to the table. FWIW the flavour seemed interesting, but I'd need a longer extraction, and greater volume to say more. So they definitely lost points there with me. My companion's latte was apparently better!
Our second place in our USA trip after Hawaii. I look up this place through coffee bean app. This place just did not disappoint :) My fiancee had a latte and said it was by far the best coffee he had ever had (big call from being from Melbourne). I loved my soy latte, but the soy in America is really sweet which takes way from the brilliance of the coffee, so that is not of this places fault, Great little pieces of food and the vibe is fantastic, and loved it's layout. It could easily fit into Melbourne's cafe scene. Highly recommended as a must stop off in Seattle :)
This place is quite good, the coffee was super smooth and had a great taste, we had a couple after walking almost 40 mins to get there, relaxing in the atmosphere here with it's large open window to its music, it's quite calming.. In a quieter area of town, the baristas always had a smile and did not make the coffee to hot, the blend they were using was nice and sweet, nothing too bitter. Not my favorite coffee shop of the USA, but very much a huge positive on the Seattle coffee culture.
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