This afternoon, my entire coffee-loving family piled into the car and made our way to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, which just opened at the beginning of December. The roastery is located in the ever-hip, eclectic Capitol Hill region of Seattle. It’s tucked inside a gorgeous building that proudly displays the original fearless Starbucks logo.
Coffee beans are carried in clear-tubed conveyor belts through each stage of roasting.
It sounds like a rainstorm as the beans twist and fall and rattle around.
It truly felt like we were in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but for coffee… be still my heart. ;)
After they finish the conveyor belt maze, the freshly roasted beans drop into clear canisters at the front counter and are ready to be ground and brewed.
The baristas (who are Starbucks Certified Coffee Masters) wore name tags that included their hometowns. They’ve come from all over the country!
They were extremely friendly and helpful.
The menu includes all of the usual suspects, in addition to cold-brew, pour-over, Clover press, and coffee speciality drinks with fresh mint and demerara syrup.
After quick deliberation, my dad and I decided to split a flight of coffee tastings. Because when in Rome, right?
I love a good wine or beer tasting, but coffee!? Stahhp.
We filled our cups with steaming coffee from several regions and guessed at the flavor profiles. Then we double-checked with the place cards. Oh yes, brown sugar and lemon zest… of course. ;)
After we finished munching, we took a final spin around the premises.
You can buy reserve coffees by the pound if you wish.
Or stock up on their beautiful kitchen necessities. That copper french press was calling my name.
The whole place is quite impressive and I’d absolutely recommend that you grab a cup of coffee (or six!) next time you’re in Seattle. You can even walk the nine blocks to the original Starbucks afterward, if you’re really craving a caffeine kick! :)