Saturday, January 15, 2011

CC: Fuel Coffee

What's does "CC" mean?

Fuel Coffee
Location visited: Seattle, WA
[Wallingford location]
Free WiFi ? : yes
5+ [
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Most people truly thrive on the natural boost of coffee to get through the day, a fact that has helped marketers through the decades come up with clever slogans and gimmicks. Even though I'm not a big fan of caffeine (I see it more as God's way of limiting me from having too much of a good thing), I do enjoy the creative associations that it elicits.

One of the more visually-effective metaphors that has been created over the years is that of fuel. Personally, I know quite the number of people who depend on coffee much like a machine depends on gasoline, and while I don't endorse substance addiction, the parallel is practically limitless in its implications.

Naturally, Seattle's Fuel Coffee had me allured with its name alone, never mind their reputable name amidst the credible coffee entities around town. Of their three locations throughout the city, I was able to stop at their newest location off 45th St. Their brown and white space offered a spacious cafe with wood floors, good lighting and plenty of places to rest your laurels.

The coffee offered is that of Caffe Vita. I ordered an espresso (they use the Cafe Del Sol as their espresso blend) and a cup of Queen City via drip. The espresso, pulled short with nice crema, purveyed bitter chocolate, heavy lime, cloves, cinnamon sugar and a noticeable thickness. As espresso goes, it was pretty good though a little dark for me.

The Queen City gave notes of carrots, celery, tobacco and a bittersweet character that emphasized a darker roast then I would have liked. Finding out afterward that the Queen City is blended post-roast with medium and dark roasted coffees, I can't say I would venture the same coffee again (Caffe Vita has better to offer).

I did not note the tea.

Aside from the dark leanings of my coffee experience, Fuel filled up my tank nicely. Give Fuel Coffee a visit when you're in town.


Endang said...

About people who depend on coffe much like a machine depend on gasoline, I called it coffee addicts. In contrast to coffee connoisseur or coffee lovers, who tried to drink good coffee in a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere. Do you agree about the difference of the two type of coffee drinkers that, Bill ? I myself is a connoisseur of coffee, not a coffee addict.


Bill said...


I would agree that there are two motives for drinking coffee: caffeine or taste. But I wouldn't say they are mutually exclusive; a lot of coffee connoisseurs are highly addicted to caffeine and some who are occasional maxwell house ingestors.

Rich said...

Hi Bill,

agree with you there; drinking good coffee is also a social thing, where flavor enjoyment mixes with good company!


Unknown said...

I love drinking coffee, in particular trying different blends and flavored coffee. Where I live the local Starbucks closed, so my husband bought me a breville espresso maker which works well, but I miss being in a coffee shop with other coffee lovers.

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