TNT Diner

Good eats and drinks around Tacoma, Pierce County and South Puget Sound

Tag: Shakabrah Java

Sep.
24th

Buzz on Sixth: Two new coffeehouses join city’s most eclectic java neighborhood


A dragon-inspired design is crafted into the foam of this latte at Caffe Dei on Sixth Avenue. Photo by Drew Perine/Staff photographer

The Sixth Avenue district is a neighborhood that buzzes late into the night. There’s always a show to see, a meal to savor, a game to watch, a tattoo to get, a cocktail to swill.

But the action isn’t just relegated to night. What you may not know is that Sixth Avenue is the go-to place for coffee in Tacoma. Nowhere in Tacoma will a diner find a more diverse concentration of coffeehouses. Five independent coffee shops span Proctor to Fife streets, and I’ve spent time sipping and Wi-Fi-ing in all of them.

It’s an evolving coffee culture on Sixth. Two newcomers have opened in the last few months – Beyond the Bridge Café, which transplanted from its downtown Sumner location, and Caffe Dei, a vegan/vegetarian focused cafe that serves some of the most flavorful and imaginative coffee in town.

And a sign just went up at Sixth and Union, at the former location for Origin 23, promising more coffee. I’ll keep my eye on the space.
Here is a glimpse of the two new coffee shops, Caffe Dei and Beyond the Bridge Cafe, and a few words about three others I enjoy along Sixth Avenue: Read more »