A good coffee house is always worth remembering, and in this Greenwood neighborhood bordering on Phinney Ridge
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(the two are close together and share much character and atmosphere, in fact they issue a combined newsletter, and have a combined Chamber of Commerce) there is better than that.
Yes, as indicated above, I speak of the Chocolati Cafe. What makes it better? OK, the scones. I'm sorry to all the other wonderful scone makers out there, but these are definitely the best scones I've ever had. Ever. The best. Like, the buttery lemon cranberry scone, and the crumbly buttery frosted blueberry scone. (Note to self: find out who makes them!!)
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And the wi-fi. And the very friendly and sweet baristas. And the truffles!!!!! Yes! And the perfect atmosphere, because as you know, a coffee house should be a little bit quiet and a little bit dim with rich colors and mirrors, and have wood floors and small round tables and the right kind of wooden chairs. Quiet music so as not to overwealm the hiss of the espresso maker. Chocolati? Check, check, check, check, check, and check.
If you take a look at the neighborhood map, you will see that Greenwood is slightly
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north of Phinney (which starts at around 50th), the heart might be thought of as the intersection of Greenwood and 85th Avenues, where numerous little shops and eateries are to be found. Chocolati is competing with another great coffee shop, Neptune, just a few doors away, which I also have given my heart to and will blog about soon. But. As I said. The scones, the
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truffles... oh, I have not even mentioned the coffee itself, rich dark and absolutely what is called for on a warm spring day, in this city known as the coffee center of the Universe. (Don't ask me, check with the folks at the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company across the street!)
Now it is time to admit it, there are several Chocolati Cafes. There is also one downtown, at the Seattle Public Library. There is one in Wallingford. There is one in fashionable Greenlake! And there is also the Chocolati Factory Outlet Store, on Aurora around 77th. Reading the website leads me to discover that Chocolati was founded in 2000, and "with the inspiring philosophy in making savory chocolate confections that are not only aesthetically creative, but also provide a unique experience for the senses. We at Chocolati follow the ancient Epicurean technique of hand-making our chocolates with the utmost attention to detail. From the moment our chocolates hit your palette to the lingering aftertaste, our chocolates provide you with an experience like no other." It sounds grand, but after having been there and seen and tasted for myself, it must be understood that this is PERFECTLY TRUE. Yum. Oh, and let me mention that if you are either here on a visit or going off to visit someone elsewhere, do please scope out the chocolate covered fortune cookies. Just imagine how it would be to get a box of those mystic little bundles of chocolate sensation! What a perfect gift from our town, the quirky, sophisticated, laid back and all round the-future-is-here urban village landscape that is Seattle.
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