Amateur? You won’t find a more professional coffee house between here and Seattle. From its scrupulously described roster of drip brews to expertly-made — and expertly served — espresso, everything about Amateur Coffee lets you know that these people are serious about roasting, brewing, and serving the best. The management defines the word amateur as “The enthusiast who pursues their work in the spirit of love. In French, the word means ‘lover of’.”
About that espresso. Made from a trio of beans from Brazil, Costa Rica, and Columbia, it is a dark brown, syrupy potion that is a joy to drink if you love, love, love the maximum-intensity quality of espresso. If that’s too potent, the cup is accompanied by a glass of water either for diluting the coffee or for sipping to cleanse the palate between coffee swallows.
For all its earnest devotion to excellence, Amateur is playful, too. Among its seasonal specialty drinks are Who Killed Flora Palmer, which is sparkling lemonade and cold brew, and Pineapple Express-o, which is a breathtaking refresher of cold brew, oat milk, pineapple, and coconut described as a “pina colada wannabe.”
Beyond coffee, the drink menu includes chai tea, cocoa, and such “wellness drinks” as beet & ginger, spirulina & elderflower, and turmeric & oat milk with added espresso optional.
Available pastries to accompany drinks are all vegan, including gluten-free waffles. To quote the management, “Welcome to our little vegan corner of the world. We can’t wait to serve you.”