Cafe Cuzco

Written by on April 12, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Ballard
How I heard of this place: My friend Chris suggested the place when we were looking for a cafe in the Ballard area where we could collaborate on a book idea.
Type of cuisine: Peruvian paninis, salads, and other cafe fare (espresso, tea, hot cocoa) and Inka Cola (for those who like the extremely sweet carbonated beverages).
Ambiance: Very comfortable and with a friendly feel. One couch with a coffee table is found against the wall under a television showing GolTV (soccer/futbol), a barquette and high chairs with backs line the side of the cafe that faces the Ballard Market on 15th Ave NW, two-, four- and one six-person tables are placed around the room which give some privacy in a cozy yet open room. Peruvian music plays in the background, just soft enough for you to hear your conversation and just loud enough that you are not completely distracted by others around you.
What I ordered: I ordered a tall, non-fat single ristretto mocha with dark chocolate. It came beautifully presented with a large eight-petaled flower and one smaller five-petaled flower of dark chocolate and white milk froth. My dining companion ordered a tall hot cocoa.
What I loved: I loved the friendly barista who was patient as we decided what to order (if we should have a sandwich or snack with our beverages or not. The coffee was very beautifully presented and delivered to our table so we could order and sit to begin our conversation rather than waiting at the end of the counter for our orders to be called. The dark chocolate in the mocha was the exact right combination of sweet with subtle bitter flavor so as not to overpower the coffee.
Why I loved it: I love that it’s a very open space with a variety of seating options. I love that Cuzco Cafe offers a delicious coffee, great music and wifi!
Cost: Typical prices for a mocha ($3.75) and hot cocoa ($3). Panini’s run $7-$7.50 and salad options $6-$6.75. Daily specials are also available, as are a variety of pastries.

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