Caffe Fiore

Written by on February 5, 2011 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Ballard 

How I heard of this place: While I have seen the cafe in Ballard and had visited the Queen Anne location in the past, I first enjoyed the place that is Fiore when Ashley recommended it…and frequented it. Groups of us have gathered for coffee house talks, conversation and drinks, games and laughter; pairs of us have met to catch up over a cuppa joe and, on this occasion, my dining companion and I needed a local spot to pass forty-five minutes while waiting for the establishment next door to open.

Type of cuisine: A cafe with espresso beverages, local pastries from Macrina and Mighty-O, Theo chocolates, as well as artisan breads and bagels with toppings.

Ambiance: Walking into the large establishment, patrons are greeted by the permeating fragrance of freshly brewed coffee and roasted espresso beans. Tall ceilings, equipped with wrought iron chandeliers and decorative glass-covered lights hanging down to brighten the tables. Hardwood floors and light colored wooden tables, accompanied by black chairs, complement the chocolate brown walls and ceiling. Windows line the exposed brick walls along the length of the space, as patrons make their way back towards the restrooms and child’s play area. Outside seating is available for drier, warmer days on the small back patio. Music plays at a comfortable volume in the background to allow for conversations in your party of ten, or for quiet time reading, studying or working from your third home. “We are grateful to have a business that can create a hub for the neighborhoods we operate in.  Over time, each hub has created its own community and given our customers that “third place” that can make us feel more connected to our city and our neighbors.  We encourage community interaction by providing community tables at all of our locations.  We also have a small ‘kid corner’ at each location, helping parents have a moment to themselves while the kids play.  Its our hope that Caffe Fiore becomes that warm and inviting environment that entices you to linger, while our skilled and friendly baristas keep you coming back for more.” 

What I ordered: I ordered a 12-ounce non-fat ristretto (all shots pulled are served ristretto) mocha with a hint of vanilla ($3.60). My dining companion selected a 16-ounce Morning Glory green tea chai ($3.75).

What I loved: While I enjoyed my beverage the most, I was pleased with the light, creamy green tea chai I sampled off of my dining companion.

Why I loved it: The atmosphere, the music, the friendly baristas and the treats from which to choose. Everything at Fiore is a win.

Cost: Average ($3-$5 per espresso beverage)

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