In 2018, I had the chance to go to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, Washington while I was on a work trip. For the record, I love the culture of Starbucks. I won’t say every single thing on the menu is my favourite but I was a Starbucks barista once upon a time so I will always have a deep love for the company. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery is a massive store on Pike Street that offers an immersive experience to each guest.
Enter the store and to the right, you’ll find the Princi bakery featuring the most delicious freshly-baked bread adorning the walls. Right beside the bakery is a beautiful Mixology Bar featuring some truly stellar cocktails. Move past the Scooping Bar where you can make a freshly scooped coffee bean bag for yourself and you’ll find yourself at the Roasting Area where you get a hint of the behind-the-scenes action of how Starbucks roasts their beans. Once you get through the Roasting Area, you’ll get to the Experience Bar, where you’ll get a taste of the coffee that never makes it to your local Starbucks.
Of course, I had to have a taste of the Barrel-Aged Whiskey Blend coffee. I had it as a cold brew and let me tell you — if you think coffee and whiskey can go together, they definitely can. And don’t worry, the coffee is completely non-alcoholic.
I only had a few hours at the Reserve Roastery before I had to leave to catch my flight home but I’m very glad I made time to visit. It was a phenomenal experience and I can’t wait to visit again.
Here are some of my favourite shots from my visit.