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Seattle’s Best Coffee: For Those Who Drink & Drive – Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)

By Michele Costanza…bringing you a humorous view on consumer topics in an all-too-serious world

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Living life in the commuter lane? Desperate for food that’s fast, but can’t stomach fast-food? For many people, this means driving through a small coffee stand on the way to work and making do with the carb-fest pastries available right there. At least you have caffeine to get you through until lunch. Better make that a triple.

Well, if you need a bit more substance in the protein department to start your day, but still want to keep your commute time at an absolute minimum, then Seattle’s Best Coffee is going to be your new best friend.

Starting TODAY, Seattle’s Best Coffee is opening their first-ever, drive-thru ONLY mini-store that’s built for speed. At less than 600 square feet, this little powerhouse is fully equipped with ovens to quickly heat food when ordered, and have your coffee drinks made with total efficiency, all within the timeframe of a drive-through lane. And with an emphasis on customer service, you’re guaranteed to start your day off right. Seriously, on a rainy morning (imagine that?) when you’re running late (who ME??) but desperate for coffee (NEVER!), this place is the answer to your prayers.

You already know the Seattle’s Best Coffee brand. It’s good coffee and it’s consistent. What you might not know is they’ve created a simplified coffee menu to eliminate confusion and make it more approachable. For example, instead of sizes like short, tall, grande and venti, they have small (S), medium(M), and large (L).  Aaaahhh….there’s something incredibly liberating about using standard sizes. In addition, they eliminated all the fancy names for various types of roasts and instead use the “level system” which grades the roasts from light to bold, rated 1-5. Simple.
Coffee snobs will absolutely HATE this.

What’s surprising is that the food at Seattle’s Best Coffee is what will keep you coming back. It’s shockingly tasty, with a fair variety of hand-held breakfast and lunch items, like Breakfast Sandwiches and Pretzel Melts (hot stuffed pretzel bread), to hand-held pies in both sweet and savory varieties.

After trying not less than EIGHT items from their menu yesterday, I can safely say you’ll find at least a few things to crave. For me, it’s the Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich with Egg & Cheese. The flaky, buttery biscuit gives the sandwich a decadent upgrade from your traditional english muffin, though it’s available either way. You can also add in sausage or ham. ($2.99 any way you like it, or add any size drip coffee to that for an additional 50 cents). For non-breakfast items, the favorite was the Spinach Feta Pretzel Melt, which is a warmed pretzel roll, stuffed with creamy-spinachy-cheesy filling that definitely tastes far more diet-blowing than it really is. (around 400 calories, $3.89, or add any size soda for an extra 40 cents)

I was a little less impressed with the pies, primarily because I’m a self-proclaimed pie-connoisseur, as you know. While the Caramel Apple Pie had great flavor, when served hot, the crust completely collapsed flat and would have been better on a plate with a fork. Would I get this again? Absolutely, but only if I could park and eat it with both hands and a napkin on the side. (all pies $2.49)

The Cheesy, Egg & Potato Pie was the only menu item that really fell flat. While the flavor was ok, the texture of the filling was oddly crumbly, without any distinction between the various ingredients.

Of course, what will bring the crowds initially is coffee, and this place will be pumping fun, fancy coffees faster than you can say DESSERT. Dessert, you ask? Trust me, when you look at their menu, you’ll know exactly what I mean. From Caramel Candy Latte, to Birthday Cake Latte, to Coconut Cream Pie, the drinks sound more like sweets than coffee. I’m usually not one to order these, being the boring Americano-girl that I am, but for anyone who needs their daily Mocha-fix, and there are a LOT of you out there, this is taking it to a whole new level. I mean, why settle for a plain old mocha when you can have a Caramel Pretzel Mocha (be prepared for little pretzel bits in this one) or a Frozen Peanut Butter Mocha? Try it hot, try it iced, or try it frozen…it’s all the same price. ($3.99 Medium)

Located on Fourth Ave in Sodo, just north of the West Seattle Bridge, in a little red and grey building. Check it out!

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Seattle’s Best Coffee SODO Gateway Drive-Thru
2990 4th Avenue
Monday – Friday from 5:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.
Saturday from 6:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday from 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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