Victrola Coffee and Art

Overall Rating: 8.200


Address: 411 15th Ave. E
Cross Street(s): E Harrison St.
City, State ZIP: Seattle, WA 98112
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Phone: 206.462.6259
Hours: Su-Sa 6am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Synesso
Coffee Rating: 8.20
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Victrola Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Inker
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 05/17/2010
First Reviewed: 05/17/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
This is the original Victrola Coffee, though the name here emphasizes their artistic roots and continued interests. It's an older establishment that exudes some 1950s classicism - from the old Victrola in the corner to the metal porch chairs along the 15th Ave. sidewalk to the stand-up piano in back to many of the clientele who seemingly have been here since 1950. Not to mention the neon signage out front. They hold a number of musical and movie events here still, and the arty color photographs on the wall support the theme. The unisex bathrooms identified by the kitchen utensils attached to their keys don't hurt either. They offer a two-cup Melitta bar system that drips into metal pitchers, but the centerpiece is a three-group Synesso (all the rage in Seattle these days). They pull a very short shot of Streamline Espresso with a split crema that's oddly half dark brown and half medium brown. It has a potent flavor of pepper, some wood, and a seriously acidic bite to the finish: it's surprisingly heavy on the brightness. Served in logo Inker cups & saucers (but sometimes they will use a plain white ACF cup). They offer detailed Rosetta latte art, and there's a wall of grinders, cups, vac pots, and presses for retail sale.