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Friday, August 17, 2007

Give Me Liberty and Give Me Coffee!

posted by on August 17 at 15:18 PM

In this city where coffee is the biggest of clichés, where caffeine gluts our gutters darkens every day, it is difficult if not impossible to distinguish among coffee shops. We all know this. It’s a fool’s errand. Pointless. We all understand that Top Pot is where the doughnuts live (and it’s is a jaunty palindrome to boot), and that JoeBar is cute and crepe-y, if just a little way too fucking chatty when there’s a line circling the block twice. Everyone roosts in Victrola, where the six hour heartburn and the withering glare of serious typing poseurs are still preferable to sitting in a fucking Starbucks. But barely.

But among these staples, a mocha-scented rose has bloomed, quietly and unnoticed and tragically under experienced. And it is Liberty. Yes Liberty. On 15th.

Now, hush. I know you know liberty as the classic cocktail-cum-sushi bar with Ellen Forney’s big dirty hands paintings that make Catholic girls cry for reasons the can not possibly understand. And you’re right about that, I won’t argue. BUT! But! From day-to-day, a coffee-making angel is pulling the most magical brews on the entire Hill from the bar there. The coffee-puller’s name is Doug (he’s part owner of Liberty, and in charge of its coffee interests) and the coffee Doug’s so skillfully pulling until 4PM every day (hurry!) is delicious, delicious Stumptown—-Portland’s famous and wonderfully roasty roast. As far as I know, Doug at Liberty is the only source of this magical potion in all of Seattle, and he pulls is like it ain’t never been pulled befo’. And thus your mission is clear. Abandon Victrola, gather up your Powerbook and that withering glare, and walk them the extra two blocks to Liberty. Find this man…


…and make him make you coffee. He will. And it’s worth it. I promise.

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Posted by michael strangeways | August 17, 2007 3:41 PM

How fucking dare you question anything that Adrian! is pumping?!

I only go into coffee shops when I'm stalking whatever coffee stud I run into on the street. Usually. (Look back, you son of a bitch!)

Posted by Valiant Adrian! Defender | August 17, 2007 3:44 PM

liberty, liberty, LIBERTY! YAY! YAY! I LOVE LIBERTY! LIBERTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by adrian! | August 17, 2007 3:46 PM

Liberty's fine. Their martinis are great, although I've never particularly cared for Stumptown coffee...

Posted by Beachhead | August 17, 2007 4:38 PM

Forney's cover was great.

I like this week's a lot to. I'm framing that and putting in my bathroom when I buy/rent a nicer gig.

Posted by mr.ryan | August 17, 2007 4:49 PM

"I like this week's a lot to" should of course, be TOO. my bad

Posted by mr.ryan | August 17, 2007 4:50 PM

DAMN. I missed it today, but I will certainly be there tomorrow to cast longing looks at that man. And maybe to order some coffee.

Posted by sketchy homo | August 17, 2007 5:17 PM

Stumptown is opening a roastery in Seattle and two cafes (12th & Madison and Pine & Boylston) in the very near future. Also Verite and Cupcake Royale serve Stumptown.

Posted by cuyahoga | August 17, 2007 7:49 PM

yo, A! what's the creamer like?

Posted by berlin | August 17, 2007 10:42 PM

I wanna know sketchy homo's thoughts on that question.

And, Mr./Ms. Beachhead - are you mad?! I mean......holy moley. Stumptown is what happens when you take Vivace, tweak it, prune it, give it a backbone and then be nice about serving it.

Posted by Just A Dude | August 18, 2007 4:35 PM

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