“I don’t know what kind of magic they’re using behind the counter, but Monorail has the best espresso I’ve ever had!” – a recent Monorail customer
The coffee legacy of Seattle can trace a piece of its rich roots to pioneer Chuck Beek for setting up his espresso cart (one of the nation’s first) on December 1, 1980, under Seattle Center’s Monorail. This iconic enterprise has become synonymous with excellent, award-winning coffee backed by a huge Seattle history, and we love being their coffee roaster. What began as an experiment to see whether there was a market for espresso sold on the street became an avidly celebrated enterprise, and today you will find Monorail Espresso‘s snappy walk-up window tucked into Pike Street in downtown Seattle. This place is exquisitely popular and the city’s arguably friendliest, most-skilled baristas treat their coffee and customers with an absolute passion for perfection. A second location opened its doors in the lobby of the Columbia Center in 2015, further showcasing their custom concoctions and coffee-drinking staples that are flat-out as good as coffee gets.
The full circle of coffee craft came together earlier this year for Monorail owner Aimee Peck and two of her amazing colleagues, who accompanied Mukilteo’s Beth Smith and Nisa Heggenes on our annual farm visit to Costa Rica. “This was so important for them to see what we are all about!” said Beth. “When our customers get to see and feel first hand the beautiful coffee at the farm, and spend time getting to know how incredibly hard-working and dedicated these farmers are: it’s powerful stuff.”
The Muk-Monorail team spent several days hosted by our friends Luz Marina Trujillo and husband Jim Stewart at each of their farms: picking coffee shortly after sunrise on Jim’s wild and wonderful Finca El Gato, then experiencing the elegance and beauty of Santa Elena Estate, the pride of Luz Marina, at the height of her coffee harvesting/processing season.
When in Seattle, stop by our friends at Monorail Espresso and experience first-hand what makes a coffee legend: passion, pride, persistence…and above all: never ever compromising on the quest for always producing the perfect cup. Enjoy!
(P.S. if you want to savor our award-winning Monorail signature blend from home, feel free to purchase it here.)