Above the hustle and bustle of Pike Place market is a little coffee shop called Storyville Coffee. Stepping into the joint, with it's beautiful multi-coloured wood paneling, hip decor, and dark sexy setting I couldn't wait to grab a cup and settle in.
Business was slow so I was welcomed casually by friendly staff. As they helped me choose a 'chocolate latte' the friendliness turned to derision since I had demonstrated by not knowing a chocolate latte is a mocha that I was not only an ignoramus, but also not a true coffee connoisseur.
Ok fair enough, I'm a coffee nub, and rely on the knowledge of baristas to know what goes into a 'chocolate latte'.
After completing my drink order, I was invited to order a pastry. Oddly, they displayed their pastries on the bar where I'd have ask the cashier to move aside to see the immediate pastries, and then step away from the line, walking around to see the offerings. This was too rude for the Canadian in me, so I declined.
My chocolate-latte-mocha arrived beautifully presented, but a little colder than lukewarm. That was disappointing. Even I know that mocha's should be hot. Atleast it was pretty!
We went to this venue at John's request and he was disappointed that his cappuccino wasn't pulled very well, and was quite bitter. He has a much more discerning palatte and I assume that Seattlites prefer a dark bitter coffee from being a Starbucks town.
The seating area was beautiful with buttery leather seating in small clusters, reclaimed wood communal tables, sanded stumps, and organza. The clients treated this space like their own living room, chatting animatedly among friends and having business meetings. I could see myself spend more time here, if their drinks were better.
Storyville is a beautiful respite coffee shop with a foundation to be the go-to caffeinator in the area. They have a beautiful venue, the right values and attention to quality but they need to work on serving the coffee hot, better showcasing their pastries, and teaching their staff to have some tact.