Top Pot Doughnuts

Written by on May 28, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle, Washington

How I heard of this place: Years ago I was introduced to Top Pot by my friend Sadiq, who would frequent the cafe for coffee and free wi-fi.

Type of cuisine: Police fare: doughnuts and coffee. Also offered: tea, Italian sodas, other bottled sodas, salads & sandwiches from Mike’s Deli.

Ambiance: Cozy and warm, with books for all ages lining the walls, floor to ceiling. Light colored wooden furniture with classic 1950s fonts on menus and signs.

What I ordered: Throughout the years, I have sampled most every Top Pot doughnut – from the Valley Girl Lemon to the chocolate rainbow, from the apple fritter to the maple and chocolate bars, from the pink feather boa to the lemon old fashioned to the Bavarian cream and the bullseye. On this trip, I ordered a single, tall, non-fat, white chocolate, peppermint mocha without whipped cream (which is homemade and fresh!).

What I loved: The baristas take coffee seriously. Great care and attention are paid to the timing of pulled shots, the temperature of the milk and the fancy designs that are made each customer’s coffee order. I love the sweetness of the mocha, without being overpoweringly sugary. The hint of flavor to enhance the smooth espresso in milk hot enough to warm, yet cool enough that it can be sipped and savored immediately upon pick-up.

Why I loved it: The coffee is consistently fresh and served with guaranteed quality. The teas are loose-leaf, ordered locally and brewed to order (from Market Spice). The staff friendly and interested in knowing their customers, the regulars and newbies!

Cost: Average for coffee beverages ($3-$4.50) and specialty pastries ($2-$3 for a doughnut)

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