Arabica Lounge

Arabica Lounge – 1550 E. Olive Way, Seattle, WA

  • Espresso:  ⨷ ⨷ ⨷ ⨷   ~
  • Cycle accommodations:  Limited, U-rack on the sidewalk ~
  • Cafe setting: Bright, Artistic ~
  • Interior seating: Good selection and variety of options ~
  • Exterior seating: Limited, classroom chairs no cover ~
  • Pastry selection: Excellent ~

2013IMG_2407ArabicaEnter Arabica Lounge, if you are able to look beyond the case of delectable pastries, you will see a space that is welcoming and that challenges you to bring your creative  thoughts to bear.  The vanguard creation of JoJo Corväià, Arabica Lounge describes its purpose solely for, “… creating a sense of community…place for the stimulation of all senses…place for peace and enjoyment”  Depending on the time of day and the event, they seem to be living up to the mission.  We certainly found the environment to be restorative.

2013IMG_2416ArabicaSituated on the western gateway to Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Arabica Lounge captures the busy NE street corner of East Olive Way and Denny.  The classy logo and gold leaf lettering on the plate glass storefront windows subtly sparks a mystical intrigue to draw ones attention to enter.

2013IMG_2409ArabicaThe tall ceilings, bright daylight, and striking art on the far wall, develop a welcoming, eclectic, and mentally stimulating first impression.  Shortly thereafter, a bountiful and delectable pastry display will buckle your knees.  Best yet, Arabica Lounge is a micro bakery that creates and produces all of their own baked goods, with the exception of the breads.  They are primarily focused on breakfast and brunch foods; featuring pastries, crepes, egg 2013IMG_2415Arabicacreations, and quite a bit more.  They also offer a supper club service, but you need to be quick to secure a post at the table.  Explore their menu and services on their website to find out all of the details.  A long cycling ride is well rewarded with the food and coffee at Arabica Lounge.  Because of the minimal exterior accommodations, it may be best to reserve a cycling stop here for a small group rather than a full peloton.  However, there is a good variety of seating options to choose from.  We tried the Tahini biscuits, which were out of this 2013IMG_2420Arabicaworld delicious and powered us through to our end destination.

Espresso beverages are served to compliment the food offerings and are not the primary business of Arabica Lounge.  We have been here a number of times and wanted to reserve a write up until we had confirmed a level of consistency.  We have been served by 3 different baristas and found that all of the espresso have been good.  The best quality was crafted by a young lady barista.  Sorry gents, she just has you beat; particularly on the ability to develop a quality crema from the compact La Marzocco.  Arabica uses Stumptown Hairbender roast.

2013IMG_2467ArabicaArabica Lounge, we give you a four out of five wheel rating on our espresso experience.  We were pleasantly engaged by the barista and the espresso was pulled after we had made payment.  It was crafted with care and presented with a saucer and spoon. The crema was consistent and held good stamina.  The aroma greeted us warmly and the flavor had a quality progression and finish.  The ambience and experience is unique and enjoyable.   We did not give a full five wheel rating because we think the espresso texture, while good, did not quite hit a full velvety excellence and the crema coloration was a touch light.  We also would encourage that a small complimentary serving of soda water be provided along with the espresso.

Arabica Lounge, keep creating the unique and wonderful experiences.  You are a gem in Seattle.

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*Paradoxical footnote: All the cafes we spend time to write about we recommend as destinations.  We provide the honest feedback and rating of the espresso experience because we are interested to help cultivate the best success for future visits.  Even though we may give the espresso experience a one wheel rating we can still love and recommend a visit to the cafe because of the overall character of place, amongst other qualities.

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