A long time ago, a family of four landed in Seattle from the far away land of California. For the first several weeks they stayed in a nondescript apartment building close to Pike Place Market. One member of the family was a coffee nut. He had heard that Seattle was the capital of coffee. A trip to the close-by chain store claiming to be Seattle's best was a disappointment to say the least. The family scoured Pike Place Market in search of great coffee, and there was none. Disillusionment started setting in.
After some time, the family moved away from downtown Seattle to a more permanent house. The plumber came to install the washing machine. A little home espresso maker was waiting to be plugged in. The coffee nut made an espresso for the plumber. A terrible espresso. The plumber said: "Let me show you the best coffee in Seattle." That week on Saturday, the coffee nut and the plumber went to a hole-in-the-wall in Eastlake. The coffee nut had a Macchiato. The Macchiato was the most divine drink the coffee nut had ever enjoyed. On that day, Seattle Coffee Works was conceived.
Later, in the fall of 2006, we opened our first store in a t-shirt shop on Pike Street in downtown Seattle. The beginnings were modest. We had our grand opening on Memorial Day in 2007.
In the spring of 2008, we started roasting our own coffee, at first on a lil' roaster named Molly. Molly got tired of all the work, and soon we gave her a rest. A friend helped out with the offer to roast on his beautiful baby-blue Diedrich roaster. That roaster has no name but it's definitely pretty and it roasts some great coffee.
On June 1, 2009, we moved into a space three times the size of our old hole-in-the-wall store, and about 15 feet closer to the Pike Place Market. Finally, we had room to install our own Diedrich roaster. Her name is Anna. Anna is orange. She's very beautiful. She likes visitors. Our new space is on its way to becoming one the coziest nooks in Seattle. Please come visit us and see it for yourself.
...and then we grew...
In the spring 2012, when a local mass market chain gave up one of the nicest street corners in all of Seattle, located in the Ballard neighborhood, we were lucky to get the opportunity to build a second cafe. But, fear not!, true to our local roots and outlook we are not in the business of making the world more and more one-dimensional by putting the exact same artwork and name on as many store fronts as we can. We named our second store Ballard Coffee Works. Both in style and its menu, Ballard Coffee Works' offering is a little bit different from Seattle Coffee Works. What combines both cafes is an unrelenting commitment to great coffee and great people.
Speaking of people. The coffee nut is no longer the nuttiest coffee person in our little company. He is long been joined and often out-nutted by some of the smartest, hardest working, and kindest coffee people in the Pacific Northwest. We like to think of ourselves as a bit coffee crazy but don't take our word for it -- just come to one of our cafes to find out for yourself. Nutty as we are, we do love visitors even more!