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Tag: Valhalla Coffee


Food gifting: Coffee roasters and a tea purveyor

Left to right are Ethiopian Harrar, green beans and roasted beans and ground beans in a coffee scoop at the Valhalla Coffee Co. News Tribune file photo

Do you have a coffee snob on your shopping list who is one of those people who has an entire cupboard in the kitchen devoted to beans and coffee accoutrements? Yeah, a gift basket with Sanka is not going to work for Mr. I Only Drink French Press That’s Been Temped at 197 Degrees. Instead, you need to get yourself to a local coffee roaster for something that’s a little more specific to a finicky palate. Have a tea drinker on your list? No problem, there’s a tea den in downtown Tacoma that’s got you covered. Read on. Read more »


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 »