Rebecca of Queen Anne's Caffe Ladro starts a Clever brew.
A small army of food trucks (followed by hordes of hungry people) packed into the limited event space of Seattle's Fremont neighborhood this past Sunday, enjoying some unusually cooperative weather. The Mobile Food Rodeo's spring event brought 35 street vendors together to host long lines of eager street diners. Food trucks are all the rage in recent years, and considering their ever-increasing popularity, I have to admit that I was a little surprised to find such a limited number of safe options for people with food allergies. This may seem apropos of nothing, but I have food allergies (read: several), and out of 35 trucks, I found none at which I felt comfortable enough to risk dining.
The day likely would have been a complete Mobile Rodeo loss for me, had it not been for the presence of Caffe Ladro Roasting, where cold-brewed coffee and a Clever cup of Columbia saved the afternoon.
Late last year, Sprudge.com broke the story that a longtime Seattle staple, Caffe Ladro, was about to change its entire approach to coffee. Having historically used roasts from Tony's Coffees & Teas, Ladro struck out on a brand new, in-house roasting adventure this January.
If it has been a while since you last visited one of Ladro's cafes, it's about time to check them out again. I recently dropped in on the Kirkland branch and discovered a serious upgrade from all previous visits: not only is the coffee drastically improved, but the ambience and service have also taken happy turns toward revitalization. As a cafe in our city, Ladro has always made a point of being visible and building an audience for itself. Ladro Roasting already features several great Single Origin coffees via Aeropress menus in stores, and is offering a solid espresso blend on bar.
Watch out as this venture continues to gain traction in the year ahead. By the time the next gathering a famished food truck followers assembles, Caffe Ladro Roasting just might be the talk of the town.