Driven to Espresso: Drive-through Coffee Stands in the Northwest

If you think coffee culture is cool, you have come to the right place. I have loads of information and opinions to share about espresso in the Pacific Northwest, especially the drive-through phenomenon.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Coffee making your genius quicker

This poem has been reprinted so many times, by so many that I just figured one more time couldn't hurt.

Coffee arrives, that Grave and Wholesome Liquor,
That heals the stomach, makes the genius quicker,
Relieves the Memory, revives the Sad,
And cheers the Spirits, without making Mad.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Somewhere there's a drive-through for you

If you are looking for an existing drive-through you can purchase, this could be a deal. Unfortunately, the owner doesn't mention where it is!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Grounds for Health

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Go ahead and call it sexie

Okay, I know some people are not pleased with baristas wearing bikinis at the local drive-through, but I just wanted to pass along this great name for a drive-through of that type. I'm not making this up. Here's a coffee shop called Sexie Coffie. It's in Australia, so I think they're allowed to spell it that way! Ironically, they do not seem to feature baristas in skimpy outfits.

A drive-through not built for mobility

Although this image does not appear in Driven to Espresso, it's one of the more curious drive-throughs to me. Notice the extremely heavy-duty concrete lower half. I don't know what this building was originally built for, but I'm willing to bet it was not for a drive-through coffee stand. The phone number I have for it is disconnected, so I assume it has gone out of business. It was called Black Hills Coffee and I found it in Aberdeen, Washington, between Boone and Curtis streets.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Sleek-looking drive-through in Chicago

Here is an article and photo from the Daily Herald in Chicago about a pretty cool-looking drive-through serving Italian roasted coffee in Villa Park. I was struck with the contemporary look of it. Teodor Denov took over a vacant stand and renovated it. He spent a year researching the industry and determined that the drive-throughs of Washington State and Oregon and very popular. Just like all drive-through owners, he dreamt of owning his own business, and also realized early-on that location was key to success. Good luck, Teodor! And congratulations, Villa Park!