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Tag: Amocat Cafe Tacoma


Coffee collective: Amocat Cafe in Tacoma brews up community in food and drink. And soon it will make wine.

The Il Manzo roast beef panini, front, and Al Capone, rear, are sandwiches made by Europa Bistro in Proctor and served at Amocat Cafe on St. Helens.

I don’t know what I like best about Amocat Café, a newer coffee house that opened in June on St. Helens.

Is it that it’s a gathering place and showcase for artists and community? Is it because it has nooks and crannies perfect for meeting friends or talking business? Is it because of the truly delicious Europa Bistro sandwiches and salads in the refrigerator case? Is it because owner Morgan Alexander intends to make and sell his own wine?

I pick all of the above. Read more »


Coffeehouse changeup: Origin 23 closes, Caffe Dei and Amocat Cafe open

Caffe Dei pours an artful cup of coffee that tastes equally delicious.

I’m in coffee mourning. Or I was.

Origin 23, one of my go-to coffee houses on Sixth Avenue closed June 21. The café served coffee and gelato, which we wrote about in May, and a pastry case full of delightful things I really should have avoided.

I liked that you could sit down, plug into wi-fi, sip a well-crafted cup of coffee, and usually meet a character. I remember sitting by the big front window one afternoon and I struck up a conversation with someone. I used the phrase, “Oh yeah, there are a ton of those” to describe something and he looked at me, laughed, and then launched a hilarious diatribe against the South Sound colloquial use of “tons” to describe anything prolific (He’s right. We do that here.). That spawned a conversation about the colloquialisms he picked up living in the south.

I’ll miss random conversations about tons of things like that. (Sorry. I’ll stop using that word now. I promise).

Now here’s a piece of coffee news that may dull the raw edge of Origin 23’s passing: Another coffee house has opened on Sixth Avenue and it’s really worthy of your coffee dollars (coffee caveat: Amocat Café also has opened in St. Helens, but more on that in a moment).

Caffe Dei opened for business Tuesday at 2607 Sixth Ave. Here’s something of note: the coffee house caters to vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free diners and offers an exceptional array of coffee with a bend toward the aromatic. Think orange zest, Mexican chocolate and chile powder flavorings. Read more »