Tully's Coffee

Cafe or Restaurant Chain

Address: 3100 Airport Way South
City, State ZIP: Seattle, WA 98134
Country: United States
Phone: +
URL: http://www.tullys.com/
Kiosks: No
Last Update: 10/08/2012
First Entered: 04/26/2005

This chain gobbled up the Spinelli's chain in the late 1990s. In more recent years, they've struggled going up against the big boys. So as a marketing differentiation strategy to help keep them relevant, by 2007 they pasted the "Fair Trade" label across their chests and anything with a surface. They even started dishing out the oxymoron of "green"/environmentally friendly paper cups. i.e., "We're Tully's - 30% less guilty than the leading brand." Thus they've created mixed feelings of benevolence and crass commercialism of ethical positioning.

Fortunately, they still have La Marzocco machines in many of their stores (unlike the "leading brand") and the quality is still generally better than the average chain -- despite these distractions.

Filed for bankruptcy protection in Oct. 2012 -- largely to renegotiate the leases on their retail locations.

Locations reviewed of this chain:

Name Address Neighborhood City Espresso Rating
Tully's Coffee 2455 Fillmore St. Cow Hollow San Francisco 7.40
Tully's Coffee 100 California St. Financial District San Francisco 6.40
Tully's Coffee 50 Post St., 1st Floor Financial District San Francisco 6.60
Tully's Coffee 225 Bush St. Financial District San Francisco 7.30
Tully's Coffee 275 Battery St. Financial District San Francisco 6.30
Tully's Coffee 3966 24th St. Noe Valley San Francisco 5.60
Tully's Coffee 303 Second St. SOMA San Francisco 4.60
Tully's Coffee 425 Market St. SOMA San Francisco 5.70