How I heard of this place: While enjoying lunch at Matt’s at the Market for my birthday, I happened upon a familiar logo, having seen it time and again (on a car door, on the back of a t-shirt and on the tall, brick building around the corner), and decided to walk to the end of the third floor hallway to find out what all of the fuss was about. Here, I found Storyville Coffee and was lucky enough to make a reservation for their complementary soft-opening prior to their grand opening on October 1st.
Type of cuisine: Smooth coffee and pastries made from scratch, baked fresh, in house, all day, everyday.
“Our beans aren’t roasted in a facility—it’s a gallery. With natural wood, warm colors, a copper roof and a lounge, the Roasting Studio was designed as a creative space where the environment becomes canvas for creating the extraordinary.
If you are passionate about crafting your story, we are passionate about crafting your cup.”
“Seattle is the heart of coffee and Pike Place Market is the heart of Seattle. Storyville Coffee comes from the heart of the heart and assumes the role and responsibility to usher a world of coffee lovers into a new tomorrow.
We throw around words like FRESH, DIALED, BEAUTIFUL, HOME, and LOVE EVERYBODY but we don’t throw them around lightly. We’re Seattleites who have honed our craft for 7 years…”
And, to boot, there is no cause for stress or frustration in determining which is your favorite or most enjoyed roast. Storyville prides itself on making it perfect the first time, and not having to mess with perfection. “Inspiration begins with great coffee. We don’t offer an assortment of roasts, blends, and flavors; just our one and only signature blend, wrapped like a present, sealed and shipped the same day it is roasted.”
Ambiance: “We are on the top floor of the Corner Market building at First & Pike. Stand on the red cobblestone and look toward the iconic red neon “Public Market Center” clock-sign, and our building will be on your right.
To get to the top floor, take the elevator or staircase.” At the top, look straight ahead and find yourself in the world of Storyville. The cozy, warm interior truly captures the Storyville promise: “Designed with you in mind by four world-renowned, award-winning design firms working in concert with teams in Munich, Seattle, Vancouver and Orlando. This Storyville vision is now a reality.
Keep it simple and make it great are two phrases that have inspired and propelled us on this quest to prove that you know the difference.”
What I ordered: The Mocha ($4.75) was calling my name, while the Black Forest Ham & Cheddar Pastry ($5.25) was calling my husbands. We placed our initial orders with the barista until we decided what else each of us wanted.
Sitting on the counter behind him, I noticed a waffle with fresh fruit and was immediately sold. The Waffle Damn Good ($6.50) it was, including fresh fruit ($8.50).
For my husband, a 48-ounce French Press ($6), along with cream and brown sugar from the condiment bar.
What I loved: While each pastry tasted light and buttery, easily savored and digested, it was truly the mocha that made my day. Today, two days later, I have yet to stop raving about the smooth, creamy, perfectly balanced and artfully prepared mug of mocha, enjoying overlooking the Pike Place Market on a rainy, blustery, Seattle fall day. I’ll be back. And soon.
Why I loved it: Because Storyville is the essence of simple goodness. “This is where art and science merge and talk goes out the window. This is where we’ve focused the core of our brand. Come tell us how we’re doing.”
Because Storyville offers an inviting environment where smooth, caramel-quality coffee is served among friends and you truly feel at home.
“Life is too short for a bad cup of coffee or a bad attitude, and this world has enough of both. So the humans of Storyville want our shop to be an oasis and feel like an endless Storyville sunset. Your favorite peaceful hang. We believe our LOVE EVERYBODY mantra is where simple meets profound!”
Cost: Average ($2.50 – $4.75 per espresso-based beverage; $1 – $8.50 for each fresh-baked pastry)