I’ve been working all hours lately to finish iMovie HD & iDVD 5 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, but there’s only so much time I can spend at my regular office or in my home office. So a few nights ago, Kim and I ventured out to a coffeehouse I’ve been wanting to visit, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse in Shoreline (they also have a cafe in West Seattle).
Hotwire has the right mix of open space, free tables, and PCs set up for Internet access (when you buy a drink, you get 15 minutes of free online time). They also have free Wi-Fi, of course. They also boast some darn fine coffee, which they roast themselves. I don’t want to sound urban elitist, and there are always exceptions, but oftentimes the further you get away from the Seattle core, the quality of espresso drops. Not in this case.
It’s also clear that Hotwire makes an effort to serve high-quality coffee. I noticed that the barista was using a bottomless portafilter, the first I’d seen in person. When I commented on it, he said I was the first customer to ever ask, and invited me behind the bar so that I could watch the shots being pulled (see these pictures, which I’ve linked to before). The tiger striping of the crema and espresso was lovely to watch, and the rosette that he poured into the top of the drink added to the presentation.
If you’re in the Shoreline/North Seattle area and looking for a great cup of coffee in a warm atmosphere, Hotwire is the place to go.