Northwest Coffee Festival

Even before this weekend's Northwest Coffee Festival (which features demos, tastings, and live music), caffeine addicts are getting jacked on the associated Coffee Crawl, making stops at dozens of neighborhood coffee bars and espresso stands. One is Dubsea Coffee in White Center, whose owner, Sibelle Nguyen his hosting an event called “Cultural Stories of Coffee” (3 p.m. Fri.). She opened the place for people to come together. And isn't that the true magic of coffee—to share a conversation or form a bond with little white cup and saucer as the mediator? Nguyen will feature speakers from The Trusted Advocates Association, a local cultural organization that promotes dialogue among ethnic groups from around the globe. (See the festival website for other Crawl participants.) Then, perhaps with a new friend, you can sample the beans from Zoka, Stumptown, Café Vita, and other roasters at Seattle Center, where food and a beer/wine bar are also part of the festivities. JULIA WATERHOUS

Sat., June 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., June 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2011

 
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