Seven Coffee Roasters Market and Cafe | Coffee in Ravenna, Seattle

Review by: Indi Aufranc

Coming across Seven Coffee Roasters Market and Cafe is a surprise if you’re not looking for it. It seems rather out of place, as it’s nestled between two single-family homes. As in much of Seattle, if you’re looking for coffee in Ravenna, there are several options to choose from. However, as Seven is close to the University of Washington campus and Ravenna Park, this market is in a good location for both locals and college students.

The espresso in the latte is tasty and robust, and the baristas are friendly as I order my drink. In their espresso drinks, they serve an in-house blend as well as Keala’s Hawaiian blends. Though only these selections from their catalogue are served in their drinks, all of their wholesale coffee blends (around twenty in total) are sold online. 

History of the Market & Cafe

Even in Seattle’s extensive coffee scene, Hawaiian coffee is rare to come across. This quirk of Seven Coffee Roasters comes from owner Sean Lee’s Hawaiian heritage. With a desire to bring together both his Hawaiian and Seattle roots, he began roasting in 2006, and eventually expanded to open the Ravenna retail location in 2012.

In addition to its unique Hawaiian influence, the market and cafe is Seattle’s first zero-waste cafe as of 2020. Before the pandemic, the cafe charged 10 cents per disposable cup. They encouraged customers to bring their own mugs to enthusiastic reception from the local community. As of June 2021, reusable mugs no longer seemed in use by the cafe, but hopefully this program will resume as COVID restrictions are lifted.

The inside of the cafe reflects the “market” part of its name. The espresso bar only takes up one side of the store’s interior; an eclectic assortment of select groceries, beer, wine, snacks, and other items that resemble bookstore gift shop offerings fill the rest of the space. The building is a historic, century-old landmark in the Ravenna neighborhood, and has been beautifully kept up and restored as the market and cafe today. The building was a grocery store established in 1922 before Seven opened its retail location in 2012. As the market still carries groceries, it claims to be the unofficial second longest-running grocery store in Seattle. It is a lovely addition to the neighborhood and a good stop on a walk to Ravenna Park.

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