12 Seattle Chefs Reveal Their Go-to Caffeine FixesBy Leslie Kelly | February 25, 2014 By Leslie Kelly | February 25, 2014
It takes some very special cups of coffee to keep Seattle kitchens running. And we reached out to a slew of Zagat chef friends to find out which caffeinated beverages keep the city's best culinary minds (and hands) humming from week to week. Here now, Seattle chefs' coffee picks:
Holly Smith (Cafe Juanita): "I like a dry cappuccino at home in the morning. That and a shot of espresso later at the restaurant, although I am mostly a decaf person now. My favorite coffee place is the Herkimer on Greenwood."
Eric Hellner (Metropolitan Grill): "I don’t drink a lot of coffee anymore, but if I do, I have four shots of espresso with a touch of hot water added at the restaurant. Maybe not a true Americano, but I guess that’s what I call it."
Greg Lopez (executive chef, Urbane): "I am a purist. A double shot of espresso is my drink of choice. I think Café D’arte pulls the best in the downtown area but also love Café Ladro for my ‘close-to-work’ fix. When up on Cap Hill, I make sure that I frequent Urbane’s preferred coffee partner, Victrola Coffee."
Sam Crannell (LloydMartin): "Iced mocha from Le Reve Bakery. Why? Because with one of their chocolate chip cookies, it’s like a time machine back to being 5 years old and eating cookies and chocolate milk.”