The Seattle Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room is a must see when you are in the Seattle area. It is amazing to see how the Starbucks Reserve line is made and packaged as well. We were able to get a tour from the manager Max as a part of the Show Me Seattle Tour in we were gifted January. (You can see my review post of the tour -> here)
Now, my girlfriend, Jenn is a diehard Starbucks fanatic and she had never heard of The Seattle Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room in Seattle before our tour. The Roastery is located in Captial Hill of Seattle and opened in December 2014. This location is the only Roastery for the Starbucks Reserve line. Everything for the line is roasted and packaged in this location! In addition to the Roastery, there is a Cold Brew Bar, Mixology bar, fresh serve and Princi Bakery in the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room.
Everything in Starbucks packaging is also centered around this location, they had hired a designer who had a set of plans but they were thrown out. Once they got to the original floors it was brass and bronze and she went from there. All the furniture is a one-off for this specific location, even the curtains! I love that they had real coffee trees in the windows, though they won’t be harvested it was still a neat thing to see. This building was originally a Packard dealership. Even the bathrooms have unique touches to them as well.
We sampled the Gravitas Blend that was freshly brewed in a french press. One of the big takeaways from Max was to make sure your smell your coffee and try to identify what you are smelling what you are tasting. We were ablet o smell the sweetness of chocolate and also the spice that was in it as well. Then don’t sip your coffee, you have to slurp it because its hot and slurping allows the coffee to hit the tongue evenly for the flavor to be realized.
Now the amazing part everything is done in house and 100% food safe. Nothing is in contact with the guests, Starbucks took the time to invest in a system that meets their goals and standards. You can watch the beans come out of the bags from the farm, and then go thru the process. It is amazing to hear the coffee beans being rolled thru everything. Plus be sure to check out the view from the see thru bathroom mirror!
The original Princi bread is open here in the Seattle Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room! I was amazed at the wall of cast iron ovens they do all their baking in. Personally, I had no idea they could use technology to help to regulate the ovens for cooking and baking. Everything in there smelled heavenly and looked delicious! There are also pizzas and other foods as well, we were there during morning hours.
As well as all the consumables you can buy Starbucks merchandise to take home. From clothes to coffee, and cups to coffee brewing equipment, this is the store for any coffee lover! Plus if you pay attention the displays match the color scheme matches the floor just like all the equipment in the Roastery.
Learn more about the Starbucks ->here and all their current information as well! Have you been to The Seattle Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room before?