Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Roy Street Coffee & Tea

It’s time for the “Monthly Grind”. This is where my sidekick Debra and I put the spotlight on a local coffee shop. Our visit this month takes us to the Roy Street Coffee & Tea to see what all the buzz is about.

This coffee shop is known as a “secret” Starbucks. The store is owned by Starbucks, but you won’t see its brand or logo anywhere in the store. The purpose is to try and make a connection with the local community. Besides coffee, it offers a selection of Pacific Northwest beer and wine. All baked goods and other food items are brought in from the local area. What isn’t used is given back to the food banks.

Starbucks chose to construct this coffeehouse using reused and recycled materials. For example: Some of the wood used in construction came from an area barn and a fallen tree. Most of the light fixtures came from local salvage yards that were rewired and refinished. The bar was constructed using slate from Garfield High School and the steel from a local shipyard.

The style is very rustic and modern. Yet it did have a warm and welcoming feel to it. Several different lunch choices are offered. Even the tomato soup is inspired by local chef Tom Douglas. For a sweet treat, you can find an assortment of goodies to pair with your beverage. Not like a typical Starbucks, you may also pick your bean and brew type.

I personally like that Starbucks is thinking about the environment. Also I think making that connection to the local community is an important reasonability. We both enjoyed this visit very much. I would be happy too recommend it to a fellow coffee fan.

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