One chapter of Capitol Hill’s coffee history is coming to an end Tuesday as word spreads that Online Coffee Company will be closing its three Seattle locations including its two shops on Capitol Hill.
According to employees who asked not to be named, the downtown store is already shuttered and the shop in the Braeburn and the location will also be closing.
“We appreciate all the support from the Capitol Hill community,” one employee told CHS after she confirmed the closures.
Online Coffee shops have been in business since 1999 and were part of the early wave of melding Internet access with coffee culture. Today, the offer of a free 30 minutes of Internet access with your latte seems quaint and a little behind the times. But, in the beginning, online access was an innovation and part of the coffee culture wave.
We’ll continue to try to reach Fox to find out more about his decision to shut down. The Braeburn’s retail management company would not comment on the situation and referred our questions to Fox.
We don’t know how many employees worked across the two shops but if you’re hiring baristas, you might want to stop by and say hello.