With the push of a button, nuanced Ghost Note Coffee opens on Capitol Hill

Christos Andrews’ quest to do “every little small thing we can to make it better” when it comes to a cup of coffee was celebrated in a grand opening on Bellevue Ave with a Tuesday of demonstrations and a showcase of its fancy pants coffee machine.

Ghost Note Coffee, named for a silent beat with rhythmic value “but no discernible pitch,” is about nuances and raising the bar with custom mugs from a local ceramics maker, collared shirts and uniformed employees, no tipping, fresh herb and citrus garnishes, and “an emphasis on housemade elements borrowed from craft bartending.” Continue reading

Good Citizen to make way for Harvard Avenue School expansion

Good Citizen (Images: CHS)

Good Citizen (Images: CHS)

Another impending business closure on Capitol Hill illustrates the varied ways coincidences of similar events can form together to make you say, hey, what’s going on around here. This time, a loss for lovers of coffee and couches is a win for Capitol Hill’s two-year-olds.

With a strong demand for a toddler program, the Harvard Avenue School, which offers early childhood education through pre-kindergarten, is planning to expand into the Good Citizen coffee shop located on the ground floor of the school.

“There is an enormous demand for full day care since Amazon has brought so many new families to Seattle,” Andrea Hackman, founder and director of the school, tells CHS CHS. “The market is pretty saturated with half day preschool, but there are more and more families needing full day childcare (which we currently do not offer). Once we begin offering that I’m confident it will be extremely popular.”

The expansion means the end of one of the more curious experiments in the neighborhood’s recent waves of food and drink investments. Continue reading

Ghost Note’s next measure of Capitol Hill coffee: craft subtlety, no tipping, and Bellevue Ave’s first barista dress code

An up and coming player in Seattle’s craft coffee scene is bringing his take on the subtleties of a good brew to Capitol Hill.

“It’s really a simple kind of core idea with the coffee but we’re doing every little small thing we can to make it better,” Christos Andrews tells CHS about Ghost Note, the new multiroaster cafe set to take over the Bellevue Ave home of Broadcast Coffee.

Ghost Note is a tuneful reference to “a note that has rhythmic value but no musical value,” Andrews says, and a nod to the nuances his new venture will foster to help raise the cafe to a higher register of Seattle coffee culture. Custom mugs from a local ceramics maker, collared shirts and uniformed employees, no tipping, fresh herb and citrus garnishes, “an emphasis on housemade elements borrowed from craft bartending” — all will add to the accompaniment. Continue reading

Let it Bean closure will add another teensy, tiny hole on Broadway

We’ve been surprised before by the coffee shack’s business resiliency but this just might really be the end. Yet another hole — this one, teensy, tiny — is about to be torn in Broadway’s business fabric. Let it Bean is set to close this coming weekend.

Owner Candace Smith confirmed the closure plans with CHS earlier this month. It has been no secret. Smith posted a note to let customers know what was coming.

Smith tells CHS the 80-square-foot coffee stand in the teriyaki restaurant parking lot at Broadway and Harrison, despite its grandmothered usage allowing it to operate as a drive-thru, just doesn’t generate enough business to cover costs. “I’m closing because the rent and labor costs are too high for where our sales are,” she writes. “Coffee is a hard product to charge more for.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | With heavy course load, Honor Society Coffee earns high marks in Melrose Market

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

Pachaud

Pachaud

True to its name, Capitol Hill’s Honor Society Coffee aims for high marks.

“Not only are we a coffee shop, but we are our own roaster and we also have a full food menu – and we have our own pastry program,” says Liz Pachaud, a coffee specialist who launched the Melrose Market business in September with veteran Seattle chef Brandin Myett.

While other cafes do various combinations of those things themselves, Pachaud believes hers may be the only one in Seattle doing all of them.

“Ultimately,” she says, “everything we do is an extension of the values that we have regarding hospitality, flavor, ingredients, environmental stewardship, community stewardship.”

She and Myett created Honor Society Coffee because they’d been looking for a cafe just like it, and couldn’t find one. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Let it Bean, Let it Bean — When the Vivace line is too lonnnng, Let it Bean

You’ve probably already seen the news rocking the coffee world.

Yes, Capitol Hill’s only drive-thru coffee stand has a new owner.

Candace Smith took over the former TNT Espresso this fall. With a new trans flag-colored paint job and under a new name — Let it Bean — the 80-square-foot coffee stand in the teriyaki restaurant parking lot at Broadway and Harrison continues to serve Capitol Hill customers on the go. Its presence presents one of our favorite choices on Broadway — stand in the Vivace walk-up line, or get a move-on and visit the shack. Continue reading

Down Pour aims to be new off-Broadway coffee spot

Capitol Hill’s coffee scene may have a neighborhood vibe but you’re still most likely to find cafes on the main drags like Broadway or Pike and Pine. Down Pour, born in Redmond two years ago, is expanding to Capitol Hill, opening on Monday just off Broadway on the ground floor of the Rubix Apartments at 515 Harvard Ave. E.

Down Pour owners Steve and Ronni Fields didn’t have plans to expand out of Redmond, but the owner of the building approached them about opening a location there.

“We spent a lot of time here and really got excited about the idea,” Steve said. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Squirrel Chops adds another layer to E Union coffee scene

Shirley Henderson and Sharon Blyth-Moss (Images: CHS)

Shirley Henderson and Sharon Blyth-Moss (Images: CHS)

Change can begin with a good haircut. A good cup of coffee can also help. You can now get both at the latest cafe to open along E Union, Squirrel Chops.

CHS spoke with owners Shirley Henderson and Sharon Blyth-Moss about their plans for the hybrid cafe+salon earlier this year just as construction was getting underway on their space at 22nd and Union inside The Central building, the first of what will be a wave of four-story-plus apartment buildings set to rise around 23rd and Union. Squirrel Chops debuted Sunday after they typical “longer than expected” buildout. Continue reading

Bean Box growing tech start-up ambitions in Capitol Hill’s coffee bean row

(Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)

Capitol Hill’s auto row was created by entrepreneurs launching start-ups, of sorts. One modern vestige of the era has made a home for a set of entrepreneurs to make their mark in history with one of the neighborhood’s new economic lifebloods: coffee beans.

Bean Box, a “gourmet coffee” subscription and gift service, has been growing its business out of the recreated auto garage next to Bill’s off Broadway.

“Capitol Hill is wildly diverse from a population and diverse from a business standpoint,” Bean Box’s Ryan Fritzky told CHS earlier this year when we stopped by for a visit to check out the coffee bean packaging and shipping operation on E Pine. Continue reading

Small coffee is the best coffee: Tiny Dorothea goes full-time in the Central District

Mahoney living the dream in the CD (Image: CHS)

Mahoney living the dream in the CD (Image: CHS)

Just over a year ago, the aroma of coffee wafted through the air calling customers to a purple house to get their caffeine fix at Dorothea Coffee.

The tiny coffee shop has since served many regulars and the occasional visitor along the Central District’s Jackson St. Earlier this month, owner Conor Mahoney expanded the shop’s hours from just weekends to seven days a week. Mahoney, who fell in love with java and the communities that fill coffee shops as a teenager, has transformed his dream of opening and running his own into a full-time into a reality.

“It feels really good,” Mahoney said. “It was a leap of faith to leave my job and try to do it full-time, but it felt so much safer knowing that I liked doing this enough to put up with it seven days a week.” Continue reading