In Seattle For 2 Weeks

Currently I am on a two week visit in Seattle, so I won’t be posting much until later this month. Sometimes I mention that I will be posting on something later and then never get around to it. If there is something you’ve been either waiting for me to discuss or a new idea for […]

Revising My Seattle Rent Outlook

In May I posted Ballard Rents – Don’t Believe the Hype! in which I gave my thoughts about the rent situation in Seattle. Although I am still confident that the near vertical increase in rents is about to come to an end, it might just be a brief pause before rents continue to gradually rise. Seattle […]

Leaving Seattle For a Few Months

Last fall I mentioned that I would be forced to move in mid 2014 due to the evictions. Well that time has arrived. The builders will start work on my apartment building on Tuesday. This means it is time for me to leave. The problem with moving now is that rents in Seattle are sky high […]

Getting More or Getting Nothing

Very shortly after my neighbors and I learned the new owners were going to evict all the tenants, a group was formed to fight the new developers. I wasn’t sure what the group was going to do. We were renters. The new owners wanted to make capital improvements to their property. In order for those improvements to […]

My Favorite Seattle Coffee Places (2014)

This weekend Seattle is hosting the SCAA (Speciality Coffee Association of America). This is the big coffee event for the industry. People from all over the world will be visiting Seattle. In addition to the big expo, I expect our visitors will be checking out the local coffee scene. Below is my current list of […]

Ballard Rents – Don’t Believe the Hype!

This is a follow up post to Trying to Cheer Up an Economic Idiot. In that post I outlined my opinion of what was happening in the red hot rental market of my Seattle neighborhood of Ballard. Unlike my neighbor, I don’t see the situation in Ballard as dire as he does. He believes that […]

Trying to Cheer Up an Economic Idiot

Last October I posted about my upcoming eviction. I live in the highly desirable neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle. In the past few years rents have increased and developers have been responding to this demand by building more and putting capital investment into existing structures. The apartment complex I live in was sold last year […]

The Best of Seattle Coffee 2013

In 2012, I did something unique to Best of lists. I listed my biases, preferences and quantified my results. Check out the post 192 Espressos if you want to see how to do a Best of list properly. For 2013, I decided to put away the spreadsheet and not rank any espresso. It was liberating. […]

4th and Madison Rooftop Garden – Seattle

My last post was about an amazing 17th floor view from the Russell Investments building in the heart of Seattle. This view isn’t as high up, but is still an impressive find. During weekday business hours, go to the 4th & Madison building. You’ll actually enter the building from 3rd Avenue. When you go in […]

The View Almost No One in Seattle Knows About

Ever since I arrived in Seattle in 2007, I have been an exploring machine. I’ve seen more of this city than many people that have been here since birth. But until one evening this summer I had no idea about this killer view overlooking downtown Seattle. Back in 2006 when Washington Mutual was busy printing […]


I’ve mentioned this offline to a few people, but I haven’t discussed it here. About three weeks ago I got an official notice from my apartment complex that I and every other tenant was going to be evicted. This summer our complex was sold and the new owners began doing construction on the outside of […]

Where Seattle Pedestrians are Getting Hit

In June, the Seattle PI put out the article “Where Seattle Walkers Get Hit”. It pulled data across 3 years to show which were the most dangerous intersections. As someone that has been hit by a car in Seattle, this article was of interest to me. However, the data was in a horrible format. Instead of […]

19 Mile Urban Hike – Shoes Matter

Last year I bought a pair of minimal shoes that I loved immediately. The brand was Onitsuka Tiger. Super thin sole. The sole was actually too thin to do my uphill sprints with, but that didn’t matter, because they were perfect for walking, which is what I really care about. Well, it turns out they […]

Hiking Not Blogging

The weather in Seattle suddenly got really nice. This means I stepped out of hibernation and did some urban hiking. When it comes to hiking in Seattle, I take a unique approach. While everyone else spends an hour or three driving east to some trail, I stay in the city. The idea of driving two […]

192 Espressos – More Data From Seattle Coffee 2012

Last year I consumed 192 espressos in Seattle area coffee shops. I detailed who was pulling the best shots in the post 192 Espressos – The Best of Seattle Coffee 2012. In that post, I described my biases and the metrics I used to calculate my rankings. I thought I was finished with this project, but I […]

192 Espressos – The Best of Seattle Coffee 2012

I really dislike the Top Coffee Shop lists. They are cheap content usually written by people with minimal coffee knowledge. Hello Seattle Weekly! Rarely do I see a list where the author declares the metrics used to get their rankings or their own personal biases. At the start of 2012, I decided I would try […]

Fall Afternoon in Downtown Seattle

Maybe it has something to do with the angle of the Earth to the Sun during the winter, but I’ve always loved the look of Seattle on clear days from November to February. Here are some photos I took walking North on 4th Ave in Downtown Seattle. Full Gallery

Space Needle For $1

This summer has been the 50th anniversary of the Space Needle, which debuted at the 1962 World’s Fair. In honor of that event, they rolled back the admission price to just $1. I think it is normally $19. Rain was expected, but it didn’t come. The views were excellent. Full Gallery for Space Needle + Sculpture […]

Kurt Cobain Bench

It has been a long time since I did a Seattle specific post. Earlier this summer on one of my urban hikes, I made my first stop to the Kurt Cobain bench. How this landmark escaped me until recently is a mystery. I must have walked past this little park twenty times. Vieretta Park is […]

Urban Hike Seattle – Snowstorm 2012 Edition

A good snowstorm doesn’t happen in Seattle every year, so I took advantage of the day and went for an urban hike. Three years ago, I did a 16 mile hike through the snow. Today I did 20 miles. My hike took me through Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Wallingford, University, Montlake, Madison Valley, Capitol Hill, Downtown, […]

The Best and Worst in Seattle Espresso: 2011 Edition

This year I drank a lot of espresso. The Coffee Club of Seattle visited 113 different coffee places in 2011. Some of the places we visited multiple times. And that doesn’t count the places I went just by myself. The 5 Best Espressos of the Year Victrola Coffee (February 5) -Sumatra Lintong-Triple Picked SO Espresso. […]

Super Mario and Star Wars in Post-It Notes (SEATTLE)

On Pike Street between 4th and 5th Avenue, if you look up to the 6th floor of the Filter building you will see a Super Mario display made entirely of Post-It notes. I heard about this in the news Friday and went down today to see for myself. Here are some photos I took. Another […]

After the Art Walk

Yesterday I attended the Seattle Art Walk, which is always on the first Thursday of the month. One of the pieces of art was this cool night photograph of the Elephant Car Wash. Seattle has some of the most amazing late evening skies. Put some pink neon in front of it and it really pops. […]

Finding the Grave of Bruce Lee

The weather has been so nice in Seattle, that I feel more like exploring than blogging. Today a few members of the Coffee Club of Seattle walked over to the Lake View Cemetery and located the grave of Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee’s son Brandon Lee is buried next to him. If you go to Lake […]

It is Summer Seattle! Put Your Coats Away!

Today was another wonderful day in Seattle. I took some photos as I urban hiked from Upper Queen Anne to Downtown. Upper Queen Anne looking west to Magnolia Sculpture Park. Looks a lot different when the sun isn’t out. Train tracks going underneath Sculpture Park Seattle Waterfront Behind Pike Place Market I think summer is […]


I’m so tired of long winded descriptions used to describe the flavor of espresso. I’m even more tired when others expect me to vividly detail every flavor note in a 140 character Tweet. I have no desire to write a 5 minute review for a 30 second beverage experience. I love espresso, but it isn’t […]

Parking in Seattle

Imagine you are driving through Seattle one morning. The skies are gray and there is a light rain. Up ahead you think you see a parking spot. There is a car coming up behind you. You glance over to see if it is OK to park there. This is the sign you see.

Ending My Disloyalty Card Quest

I redeemed my 4th and last Seattle Disloyalty Card today. What is the Seattle Disloyalty Card? From my May 23, 2010 post: Seattle now has something called a Disloyalty Card, which is idea to promote the independent coffee shop. The idea started in London and the way it works is you visit the ten coffee […]

An Overview of My 4 Winters in Seattle

After living in the perfect weather of San Diego for seven years, I moved up to Seattle in 2007. This is an overview of my four winters in Seattle. 2007-2008: Shock From the December 1, 2007 post This Wasn’t in the Brochure: Its snowing in Bellevue. I need to find a cheap flight to Central […]

Any Given Saturday

Today I went on a coffee crawl with Rose Tosti of the Seattle Weekly and Sebastian Simsch from Seattle Coffee Works. We visited seven different coffee places in Seattle. Looking at the list, I expected most would deliver excellent espresso. After all this is Seattle and the list was solid. But as Sebastian said espresso […]

Seattle Pig – Get Well Soon

Yesterday morning a taxi ran into Rachel the bronze pig at Pike Market. From MSNBC’s Taxi crashes into Pike Place Market pig statue (link now gone): A taxi driver hit the gas when he was rear-ended nearby early Saturday and plowed into Rachel the Pig, a 550-pound, bronze piggy bank that has stood outside the […]

Save Money on Seattle Coffee With the Chinook Book

The 2011 Seattle/Puget Sound Chinook books are now out and they have some coupons in them that coffee fans should know about. For those that don’t know, the Chinook Book is a coupon book sold at PCC and the Town and Country Markets. It costs $20 and can pay for itself pretty quickly. The coffee […]

Back To School Coffee Orientation

Another academic year will be starting soon for Seattle college students. I am sure the colleges do a swell job providing information on classes and activities, my guess is they aren’t going to provide you with the caffeine guidance you’ll need to make it through to finals. Have no fear, Coffee Hero is here for […]

Cortona Cafe

The Central District is home to a great coffee shop called Cortona Cafe. They use Herkimer Coffee and have tea from Miro. Recently they expanded their outdoor seating area. If you are in this area, give this neighborhood gem a visit. And if you like waffles… Source: Cortona Cafe – 2425 East Union Street, Seattle, […]

Stumptown Hosts Coffee Club of Seattle

If you live in Seattle, love coffee and aren’t a member of the Coffee Club of Seattle, you need to know what you missed this past Sunday. Stumptown Coffee started things off with a coffee roasting demonstration. After the coffee roasting, we moved to the training room where the Hairbender Blend was brewed using 5 […]

3 Brewers Seattle Coffee Fans Need To Try

Not only does Seattle have some of the best roasters, cafes and baristas in the world, we also some of the best equipment. Seattle is the home to three unique coffee brewing systems that most of the country does not have. If you live in Seattle or came here on a coffee vacation, here are […]

Stumptown Roadshow Comes to Dubsea Coffee

Dubsea Coffee hosted Stumptown Coffee this past Saturday. Andrew and Matt came down to White Center with four outstanding coffees. After an introduction to each of the coffees and a little history on the Seattle roots of Stumptown, they hosted a coffee cupping. The 4 coffees Stumptown brought were: Costa Rica Brumas Del Zurqui Guatemala […]

My 3 Favorites – Disloyalty Card Round #2

Today I completed my second Disloyalty Card. In Round #1, my 3 favorites were Urban Coffee Lounge, Makeda and Tougo. Here are my 3 favorites from Round #2. Trabant Coffee – I think the Epic Espresso Blend is back to its former glory. Urban Coffee Lounge – I love this place. They pulled another amazing […]

Freeway Park in Seattle

There is a hidden park that almost nobody in Seattle knows about. It is called Freeway Park. It is downtown and above the I-5 freeway. I took this photo of cars driving north on the I-5 going underneath the park. The park has free WI-FI too. Have you been to Freeway Park?

Seattle Low Tide Hike

This weekend the tide was at lowest level for the summer. It was so low, you could walk from Golden Gardens to Carkeep Park on ground that is normally covered with water. Below are some photos from the hike. Photo Gallery for Low Tide Ballard (2010)

Talk Me Down, Safe and Sound

If you live in Seattle or plan on coming here for vacation, I highly recommend taking the Seattle Underground Tour. It is 90 minutes long and full of fun history on how the city got started. Most of my photos did not turn out, so I found some better ones from Flickr. The tour is […]

Coffee Hero is Back!

This morning I relaunched the Coffee Hero website. I believe that I solved the branding problems that I discussed in the post The Lessons Learned From One Year of Coffee Hero. Coffee Hero needed a clear mission that was distinct from INeedCoffee. Taking time off made me realize that the distinction was Seattle. Coffee Hero […]

The Return of Coffee Hero

After a two month hiatus, Coffee Hero is back. Things are going to be different this time. Going forward Coffee Hero will restrict its discussion of coffee to the Seattle coffee scene*. Yes, the Coffee Hero is going 100% local! All the older content that was unrelated to Seattle has been moved or deleted. INeedCoffee […]

The Pig Problem in Seattle?

I passed by this sign today here in our nation’s espresso capital of Seattle. I have yet to see anyone walking around with a pet pig, yet apparently it is important enough to create a city ordinance and make these signs. Photo No Pot Bellied Pigs in Seattle by Flickr user INeedCoffee / CoffeeHero Sources: […]

Roger Lowenstein Coming to Seattle

My favorite financial writer Roger Lowenstein is coming to Seattle. On Monday April 12th, he will be giving a 90 minute lecture at Town Hall Seattle. Since a few of my readers live in Seattle and have an interest in finance, I thought I’d tell you about this event. I’ve already bought my ticket. Details […]

Silver Surfer Turns 100,000

My VW Golf TDI (the Silver Surfer) celebrated its 100,000 mile birthday last night while driving through Lower Queen Anne. Here is a breakdown of the first 100,000 miles. No wonder I like Seattle. I’m driving almost half as much as I did in San Diego.

Metal Tree Rebooted

My November 6th post Metal Tree had a broken image link that I just discovered. I was able to see the photo, because I was logged into my photo host site, but nobody else could. So today you are getting a rerun.

Road Trip to Velton’s Coffee

Monday I got a chance to head up with Jason Simon of Caffeinated Consersations to Everett, Washington to visit Velton’s Coffee Roasting Company. Besides enjoying good espresso and good conversation, we discussed setting up a future Meetup and coffee roasting demo for the Coffee Club of Seattle. If you are in the Seattle area and […]

Hungry Monkey

This book set a record for the longest I have ever had to wait for an on hold item at the Seattle Library. Was the 4.5 month wait worth it? Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater by Matthew Amster-Burton is about a dad that is able to work from home […]

Clear Skies in Seattle

Here are some photos taken in Seattle today and yesterday. Got to love the clear skies. Golden Gardens Beach in Ballard Lake Union view from east Queen Anne Looking at Mt. Rainier from Madrona Kerry Park view of Seattle before sunset Kerry Park view of Seattle at sunset Photo Gallery for Clear Skies in Seattle

Metal Tree

I took this photo today at the Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park. The art piece is a stainless steel tree called Split. View Full Gallery

Clothing Sale?

One of the things I enjoy most about Seattle is seeing what The Lusty Lady has up on their sign. Not as good as Indiana Moans and the Temple of Poon, but pretty funny. Larger Version of Fall Flashins / All Clothing 100% Off

Reaching Out to the 3 Types of Seattle Coffee Drinkers

I consider myself to be the self appointed Coffee Ambassador for Seattle. Having lived in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, South Florida and Southern California, I realize how much better the coffee is in Seattle than the rest of the country. Because of this, I am excited to share my love for Seattle coffee. During the past […]

A Fresh Coat of Glitter

At the end of August I let my Glitter Gym membership expire. They didn’t have any fall specials, so I decided to play Rambo in park instead. I posted about my new gym in the Coffee Hero post Freeing Up More Money for Coffee. I sort of had a plan on how I was going […]

A Chilly 84 Degrees?

I admit that when it comes to cold weather, I am a nut. I went last winter without wearing a coat for all but the 2 week snowstorm. Everyday I take a 2-3 minute ice cold rinse at the end of my shower. When it comes to cold weather, I’m special. With that disclaimer out […]

The Juan Valdez Cafe Bites it in Seattle

That didn’t take long. In the June 24th post Ominous Signs: Juan Valdez Cafe, Seattle, I gave the Juan Valdez Cafe a harsh review and added my own predicition. The espresso was so tasteless, I only drank two sips (one while hot, the other after cooling) before handing it back to the barista. The Juan […]

2009 Seafair Pirate Invasion Photos

Last Saturday I was there when the pirates stormed the beach in West Seattle and took the key to the city from King Neptune. Photo Gallery for 2009 Seafair Pirate Invasion At this point in the invasion, I noticed a friend of mine in a better position with a much better camera had a press […]

Is Starbucks Fooling Seattle Tourists?

Besides seeing the Space Needle, one of the stops most tourists make when visiting Seattle is visiting Pike Place Market. Every coffee drinker knows this where the first Starbucks opened back in 1971. I visit the Pike Place Market frequently and I began noticing an issue in recent months. In July of 2008, Starbucks announced […]

The First Fuel Station

I was walking through Seattle on Saturday when I looked down to my right. In the overgrown weeds I saw a plaque. The plaque stated that this was the site of the very first service station in the world. According to the Wikipedia page on Filling Stations, it was actually the second. The world’s first […]

The Other Space Needle

Did you know Seattle has a 2nd Space Needle? This version of the Space Needle can be found at the corner of 2nd and Bell in the Belltown area, which is just north of downtown. Details on this art project can be found on ANDIE DE ROUX – ART BLOG.

Seattle Times Coffee Blog Finds Coffee Hero

Yesterday I was interviewed for the Seattle Time Coffee City Blog. The article was about the Coffee Club of Seattle and me. From Coffee Club of Seattle meets in the coffee club that is Seattle by Melissa Allison: In some ways, Seattle itself is a great big coffee club. But if you want to get […]

Take Me Out To the Ballpark

Last night I went my first major league baseball game since I was a kid. I put the coffee related photos over on Coffee Hero. Here are a few baseball related photos. Photo Gallery for Take Me Out To the Ballpark