May 7th, 2013 by Laura
We’ve had several tips from readers this past week about a sign going up at the shop across the hallway/courtyard from Chase Bank at 1417 Queen Anne Ave N, so I took advantage of the splendid weather to stop by and take a look – sure enough, there’s a sign for a new tea shop, and the owners are keeping it local while sharing their South African heritage.
Cederberg Tea House is set to open in June, and it puts a different spin on the typical tea shop with traditional South African sweet and savory baked goods, South African Rooibos tea, and espresso for those of you whose beverages take a coffee form.
The new shop is a mother-daughter venture – that’s right, a new family-owned, independent business is moving into Queen Anne. Native South Africans Natasha Robson-Lovato and Cecile Robson, now at home in Seattle, are at the helm of the new tea shop. Cederberg Tea House originally began as a local catering company named after the region where Rooibos tea grows, and now they’re putting down roots on top of Queen Anne.
Photo courtesy of
Cederberg Tea House
Natasha and Cecile are busy getting it ready for a June opening, and the menu promises delicacies you can’t get elsewhere in Seattle:
- Rooibos Lattes and Cappuccinos: Rooibos tea is pulled through an espresso machine to produce a strong shot of tea with the strength and body of a regular espresso latte, but the unique flavor of tea. Cederberg promises you can’t get this traditional South African drink anywhere else in Seattle.
- South African treats: you can taste a wide range of baked goods including Koeksisters, syrup soaked doughnuts; Melkterts, traditional custard tarts; Hertzogs, jam filled tarts with a coconut meringue topping; Crunchies, coconut, oatmeal and butter cookies; South African Fudge (which has no chocolate – check it out), and more.
Co-owner Natasha says they’re looking forward to being part of the Queen Anne community and sharing a taste of South Africa:
“Queen Anne is such a perfect location for what we are doing, because Queen Anne residents really seem to embrace small, locally owned businesses, which is exactly what we are… We can’t wait to share the treats and drinks from our home South Africa.”
Mark your calendars for June, and get ready to experience some new treats, teas, and coffee at the corner of Galer and Queen Anne Ave N.
Tags: business opening, coffee, tea
December 4th, 2012 by Laura
You can spot some familiar local coffee spots and hang-outs in a new book by Tacoma’s Marsha Glazière, “Eclectic Coffee Spots in Puget Sound”. The book features seven local favorites, with photos of Bustle Caffe, Citizen Coffee, El Diablo Coffee Co., Twirl Café, and original paintings by the author/artist of Caffe Ladro, Macrina Bakery, and Uptown Espresso and Bakery. The book includes a total of 120 coffee shops around the Puget Sound region, and starting on December 15th, you can visit these shops to win a signed giclée archival print of the coffee shop of your choice from the 41 of paintings in the book.
The Coffee Spot Safari contest runs from December 15, 2012 to January 31, 2013 – you win by collecting the most cash register receipts, with double credit for each receipt from non-profit retailers in the book. Quintuple credit for purchase of an e-book. Check here for full details, rules and list of prizes.
The book and an accompanying calendar with images of Caffe Ladro and Macrina are available online.
And, if you win, let us know which Queen Anne image you choose for your print!
Tags: Books, coffee, contest
June 24th, 2011 by Thea
Construction crews have been busily transforming the former Upper Queen Anne Blockbuster building into a brand new Umpqua Bank branch, which had planned to open this month.
While Queen Anne doesn’t have a shortage of banks, those who were excited to check out the new banker on the block will have wait. Umpqua has pushed back its opening of its new branch another month, to Wednesday, July 20. But when the bank does finally open, they’ll be luring Queen Anne-ers in with the scent of fresh, free coffee.
Tags: Blockbuster, coffee, free stuff, openings, Umpqua Bank
October 8th, 2010 by Thea
Twirl Cafe is having a grand opening celebration this Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. onward at its brand new digs in the Sweetbrier building, at 2111 Queen Anne Ave N.
We first heard that Twirl was coming to Queen Anne back in June, when we spoke with Queen Anne resident and Twirl owner Rebecca Pelletier. The idea behind Twirl was to create a community oriented family-style gathering space—part kids play space, part cafe. Pelletier ultimately decided to open her play cafe in Queen Anne, thanks to the neighborhood’s vibrant community atmosphere.
Twirl will offer classes and activities for kids and adults, childcare services (while the parents enjoy some downtime or in-house workshops), and yummy health-oriented eats. And from the look of things so far, even the food will capture the Queen Anne feel. ‘The Howe,’ ‘The Galer,’ and ‘The Bigelow,’ are all specialty sandwiches on the menu.
Read more about Pelletier and Twirl Cafe here.
Tags: cafes, coffee, events, family, kids, openings, playspace, Rebecca Pelletier, restaurants, Twirl Cafe
April 30th, 2010 by Thea
Longtime Queen Anne coffee post The Grinder, located at 41 Dravus St. off Nickerson (and just around the corner from Tully’s), closed up shop on Wednesday, April 28.
In a letter posted on the door to customers and patrons, owner Kristin Wilhite, who started the Grinder after graduating from SPU 15 years ago, wrote:
“The time has come to close the doors of The Grinder. For 15 years I came to work looking forward to who I would serve that day. I worked hard to not only provide you with good coffee, but with a safe place to laugh, cry, converse and be heard.”
Kristin, who gave birth to her son Max just three months ago, wrote that while she will miss The Grinder, she is thrilled to be starting a new career as a stay-at-home mom.
In her letter Kristin expressed the gratitude she felt for her customers and friends over the years.
“I have: Witnessed relationships turn into marriages. Freshman enter SPU and graduate four years later. Shared in retirements and in promotions. Celebrated our local, now well known author. Lived vicariously through your travels and heard your stories… Watched customers become parents and parents become grandparents. Made more friendships through serving coffee than I ever could have imagined. The stories are endless!”
Kristin invites anyone with a memory to share about The Gridner, to post it on the coffee spot’s Facebook wall.
Tags: closings, coffee, SPU, The Grinder
April 13th, 2010 by Thea
El Diablo Coffee will be celebrating ten years on the hill next month, and to commemorate, they’ve decided to party all through May!
Beginning May 1, El Diablo will be introducing daily, weekly and monthly specials, including the “Diablito,” a new, limited edition concoction made from espresso and sweetened condensed milk.
For the actual anniversary, fittingly May 5th, i.e. Cinco de Mayo, El Diablo will be hosting an all day party!
Queen Anne Books will also be joining in the May celebrations for a few days, having a sale from May 5th to 9th, and the 1st annual “Galley Giveaway” with purchase. (Galley’s are free copies of books put together before final publication and handed out to reviewers–for some famous authors, these can be considered rare).
All the more reason to follow their devilish advice and consume lots and lots of coffee and cake in May! Happy ten years El Diablo!
(Thanks to Bruce for the tip!)
Tags: 10 year anniverary, celebration, coffee, El Diablo Coffee, May, party, Queen Anne Books
December 25th, 2009 by Thea
Looking for a little caffeine boost today? Luckily you live in Seattle where coffee shops are just about the only thing open on Christmas day. And right here on Queen Anne there are plenty of Xmas coffee options.
Upper Queen Anne
- Caffe Ladro – open until 12 p.m.
- El Diable – open until 3 p.m.
- Starbucks – open until 1 p.m.
- Peet’s Coffee & Tea – closed
- Caffé Fioré – open until 1 p.m.
- Caffe Appassionato – open until 3 p.m.
- Bustle – closed
- TeaCup – closed
Lower Queen Anne
- Caffe Ladro – open until 12 p.m.
- Uptown Espresso – open until 1 p.m.
- Caffe Zingaro – closed
- Caffé Vita – closed
Tags: Christmas Day, coffee, Queen Anne
December 4th, 2009 by Thea
This isn’t news, but it’s just so quintessential Queen Anne. And it’s Friday, so I thought I’d share a little fun. If there’s anything we can’t get enough of on the hill – or citywide, for that matter – it’s coffee shops. And although this is really a Seattle thing, I like to think we on Queen Ann have the best selection. And I don’t play favorites; I love all our Queen Anne coffee shops with the same fervor. I usually have to rotate just to keep it fair.
This morning, while at El Diablo, I was handed a soy mocha with a little devil on top (sticking his tongue out at me, I believe), and I thought to myself, now that’s worth saving.
But, alas, I drank him. Still, kudos to Queen Anne’s amazing baristas (or baristos, in this case?). Happy Friday!
Tags: coffee, devil, El Diablo, espresso art
May 31st, 2009 by Miss Kitty
Peet’s Coffee and Tea finally opens at the Whole Foods complex on 15th Avenue West. Monday, June 1st at 5:00am marks the officially opening of this new coffee option for Queen Anne and Magnolia.
On Sunday afternoon, a group of Peet’s employees were working hard to get the placed spiffed up and ready for customers to start rolling in.
Store manager Brian Doyle sees a great opportunity to catch morning commuters who need a convenient jolt of coffee or tea as they head to downtown Seattle. In addition, he is working to make this new location a popular place for community gatherings and meetings.
Brian also mentioned that Peet’s is known for having the freshest beans in the business. So if you happen to swing by and give them a try, let us know what you think.
Tags: coffee, Peet's
February 13th, 2009 by Miss Kitty
Two favorites in our life, coffee and chocolate, will be paired at an upcoming event in Queen Anne. The event will give guests a much better understanding of how chocolate and coffee are produced and brought to the consumer, and how to spot quality in a vast sea of products on the market.
Brent Martin, the owner of Muse Coffee Co, 1907 10th Ave W., and Lauren Adler, owner of Chocolopolis,1527 Queen Anne Ave Nhave put together an event pairing our single origin coffees with her single origin chocolate.
This event will take place on the 19th of February at 7pm at Muse Coffee Co. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 206.271.5749 and asking for Brent.
Tags: Chocolate, coffee
October 8th, 2008 by Miss Kitty
As I walked along Queen Anne Avenue, peering into the many new stores that have sprung up in the last year, I decided to stop at El Diablo, one of Queen Anne’s more eclectic coffee houses with its collection of colorful artwork, hand painted tables, and colorful interior. El Diablo is NOT located on Caffeine Corner (Boston and Queen Anne Ave.) but in the center of the “Ave.” across from Bethany Presbyterian Church and is a surprising favorite among those who really “know coffee” and can appreciate the subtleties of Latin coffee.
Just behind El Diablo is another treasure, Queen Anne Books, which looks exactly the way you would expect a traditional bookstore in Queen Anne to look. Stop by and browse or join one of the drop-in book clubs. Just appreciate that you have two of Seattle’s favorite recreational venues right here in the neighborhood.
September 25th, 2008 by Miss Kitty
The Teacup, a specialty tea shop on Queen Anne Ave. will soon relocate into the old Tulley’s location on Queen Anne Ave. and Boston. Currently “Caffeine Corner” is home to several coffee and tea shops including Starbucks, Peets Coffee and Tea, and Café Lladro.
When asked if the Teacup and Tulley’s had engaged in a bitter bidding war over the lease that resulted in the Teacup paying exorbitant rates for the lease, Elizabeth, the owner of the Teacup just chuckled. “Not true,” said Elizabeth. “We’re just a small business. There’s no way we could go up against an international company like Tulley’s and expect to win.”
According to Elizabeth, they had been looking for a new space for almost two years and were thinking they might have to leave the hill in order to expand their operations. Fortunately for the Teacup, Tulley’s management offered them their lease and space when they decided to close down that location.
The Teacup plans to offer many more varieties of tea and to create a more spacious and comfortable environment for their customers. A Grand Opening celebration is planned for October.
Just in time for Queen Anne residents who are feeling the effects of our shortened days and chilly mornings.