For a city that used to sit at the top of the specialty coffee universe, Seattle has been slower than other towns like San Francisco and Portland to embrace new industry trends. That's why the first appearance of Slate's new coffee trailer is a pretty big deal. With an emphasis on "intentionality, hospitality and exploration" the forward-thinking coffee company has been collecting a notable roster, including ex-Victrola and Zoka baristas.
If you geek out about this kind of thing, you'll be happy to hear the trailer is fully loaded with a La Marzocco GB-5 espresso machine, Bona Vita kettles and a pair of Robur-E grinders. They're also roasting in a facility in the Central District on a trendy Dutch-made Giesen coffee roaster. The converted 22-foot airstream quietly opened February 13th and is operating limited hours: Slatestream is scheduled to serve drinks Tuesday through Friday from 6:30 to 11 a.m. this week in Capitol Hill's Piecora's parking lot on 14th Ave. and Madison St. A Ballard cafe is next on the docket in the former Sun Cafe space at 5413 6th Ave. NW.
In other Capitol Hill coffee news, CHS reports that the former Tully's on the corner of Broadway and E Pike is going to be a (drumroll, please) Starbucks.