Green Bean Coffeehouse

Written by on December 7, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Greenwood
How I heard of this place: I first heard about the Green Bean from the Chinook book about two years ago. When I went to use it, however, the place was amidst those destroyed in the Greenwood fires. It was sad, but the Wayward Cafe is just up the road, so I went there instead. On this evening, however, it was the only one open on the block we parked and it was time to try the “non-profit approach to coffee and community” that is Green Bean.
Type of cuisine: A coffee shop serving the usual cafe fare of espresso beverages, drip coffee and a selection of teas. Additionally, the place offers quiche, breakfast sandwiches, granola and toast for breakfast, pastries, brownies, cookies and bread pudding for dessert and soup, sandwiches and salads. They serve only organic, fair trade coffee and teas from Brown & Co.
Ambiance: A coffee shop boasting everything local, from open mic nights (Thursday’s) and live music shows, to community ESL classes, a kid’s corner with books and toys and even story time (Tuesday’s at 10:00 a.m.), from a youth happy hour and dollar drips for seniors (free drip coffee on Sunday’s from 10:00-12:30 p.m.) and a lending library. The customer computer terminal is also available for those without mobile devices and laptops, at a small desk towards the back of the establishment, dusted with a variety of business cards, postcard advertisements and a cork-board of numerous goings-on about town, including a Raging Grannies Bake Sale. The establishment is quite large, open, and with windows along the entire front side of the space. The work and paintings of local artists can be found around the entire cafe, and change by the month, giving other local artists an opportunity to shine by exhibiting their own work! Cozy couch seating as well as desk-like seating at tables and chairs (including large, dining tables for larger group meetings or study sessions) is available throughout the space. Music plays softly in the background as you hear others speaking in low tones, walking their babies, or staring off into cyberspace. The venue also offers recycling and compost bins, which makes it thoroughly Seattle! “To be a bright spot in Seattle by doing the best possible job of loving anyone and everyone who walks through our doors….the practice of ‘radical hospitality’.
What I ordered: I selected a non-fat peppermint hot chocolate ($2.10 for the hot chocolate, $.50 for the flavor add-in) in their smallest size (but was offered a 12-ounce cup). My dining companion ordered a large (20-ounce) drip coffee ($1.95), served in a Nutcracker mug.
What I loved: The peppermint was light, the Ghirardelli chocolate dark and smooth and the entire concoction creamy and delightful on a cold, rainy, December evening. It truly hit the spot.
Why I loved it: I love the non-profit aspect of this community cafe. The cozy feel of the space, which is also available for rent, promoting everything local and the opportunity to sit as long as you like to enjoy your beverages or snacks. “Whether you’re a business owner or someone off the street this place is for you. We hope you feel cared for, respected and valued every time you walk through our doors.”
Cost: Low to average ($1.50 – $4 per beverage)

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