Moore Coffee

Coffee House | Sandwich Shop
One of the best

Residing just up the street at the Palladian Hotel (a comfy-edgy place that says it “embraces Seattle counterculture”), I first was attracted to Moore Coffee by a little sign that says, “try our NEW horchata.” The cool rice-milk drink turned out to be a superior thirst-quencher – thin and brisk rather than thick and creamy, just sweet enough with a faint starchy edge, so good that it invites the sort of straw-sucking that all too easily induces brain freeze.

As I savored the horchata, I noticed a wall-menu entirely devoted to waffles – sweet ones topped with the likes of Nutella, brie & berries, or PB&J; and savory ones such as the Monte Cristo (ham, Swiss, raspberry jam), the Caprese (mozzarella, tomato, basil), and one with bacon shreds and mascarpone. As a devoted waffle man, I vowed to return the next morning.

Moore Coffee opens at 6:15 every weekday, but the waffle irons don’t get going until 8am, so I sampled coffee drinks while I waited. Lattes here come decorated with awe-inspiring foam art on their surface. I got one with a detailed image of a cat, then a horchata latte festooned with a heart-shaped pattern that reminded me of a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign. I also enjoyed straight espresso shots that are intensely dark and big flavored but not the least bit bitter or burnt.

Waffles are the thin, crisp, old-fashioned kind, a joy in and of themselves but especially wonderful in the apple-cinnamon incarnation I sampled. For this, a quartered waffle is topped with thin slices of crisp raw apple and a dusting of cinnamon; and in the middle of the plate comes a heap of apples that have been cooked until soft and caramel-sweet. There’s a cup of syrup, too, but I thought it disrupted the plate’s delicate waffle-apple-cinnamon accord.

In addition to waffles, Moore’s food menu includes pastries, sandwiches on French bread or sourdough, quesadillas, and tamales.

What to Eat
Moore Coffee, Apple Cinnamon Waffle
Apple Cinnamon Waffle
As good as it looks. The waffle itself is crisp, eggy, edgy. Two kinds of apple – fresh and stewed – add just the right amount of sweetness.
Moore Coffee, Latte
There is much impressive latte art in Seattle, but few baristas have the artistic expertise of those at Moore's. No matter how long the line of customers, they take time to decorate each latte with a detailed image. This happy kitty is a favorite design. By sipping judiciously, I kept the face intact nearly until the bottom of the cup.
Moore Coffee, Horchata Latte
Horchata Latte
Horchata latte, to go. The rice milk adds minimal sweetness to the coffee, making this a pussycat of a drink.
Moore Coffee, Horchata
Need a tall, cool refresher when browsing around Belltown? Moore's horchata, a traditional Mexican rice-milk drink, will slake any thirst.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 3pm
Monday7am - 3:30pm
Tuesday7am - 3:30pm
Wednesday7am - 3:30pm
Thursday7am - 3:30pm
Friday7am - 3:30pm
Saturday8am - 3:30pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
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Maybe because it is such a coffee Mecca, Seattle also happens to be one of the nation's best breakfast cities. Then, of course, there's an abundance of Pacific Northwest seafood ... and a kaleidoscopic choice of eats at the Pike Place Market ... and a passion for magnificent sandwiches ... and a radiant Asian population…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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