320 Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98104
- Environment: 1.25 shots
- Service: 1.25 shot
- Presentation: 1.75 shots
- Coffee: the doppio!
- Total: 1.56 shots
For our first coffee shop experience we decided to head down to the pioneer square area of Seattle to check out Cafe Umbria
We were greeted with the usual downtown Seattle rush at 7:30 am. Having a long consistent line is usually a good sign of good coffee. The line moved swiftly. They offered an array of mostly Italian breakfast items and very short coffee menu with the basics.
Charles ordered a double shot americano, and I ordered a tall latte with an almond croissant. I’m not sure if we looked like we were going to sit down for awhile, but we were served with real coffee cups, instead of the usual to-go paper cups.
While we sat down it was really great to hear the clanking of emptying the grinds, and pulling actual shots. There was plenty of space and several extra tables and chairs. The place had a nice ambience, nothing fancy, I wouldn’t say it was fancy, or unique. There was the usual creepy painting of a cat looking like a person in a profile shot. Sorry for not grabbing a shot of that.
The barista’s were nice. Not seemingly the kind that would get to know your name and remember your beverage, but nothing to complain about here. They were just busy going about their job. Maybe they had less chance to chat since they were pulling actual shots.
Cafe Umbria’s high point is definitely the coffee. Presentation was great the latte was decorated nicely, with some great foam, and even a side piece of chocolate that was very tasty. The americano almost seemed to have its own head of foam. The coffee was dark and rich. The latte was smooth and creamy. I really enjoyed my morning chat about life enjoying each sip.
The barista said they roast their coffee locally just over in south park and if you check out their website you can find out more about their history. Overall we highly recommend this place for its fantastic coffee.