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Mark Atwood
Good things, bad things, about Burien Olympic Cafe
Good things about the Olympic Coffee and Roasting Cafe in Burien:
  • It's close to the SEA airport
  • They place quiet calm classical music
  • The internet connection is fast
  • It's not crowded
  • It's very close to a friend's place, who like to host me for lunch
  • The chair is comfortable, and the table is large enough

Not-so-good things about the Olympic Coffee and Roasting Cafe in Burien:
  • It looks like it's trying to be a clean "corporate coffee" place, out-starbucking Starbucks.
  • The drinks are mediocre.
  • The tea is worse than mediocre. And after drinking at Remedy, my standards have gotten very high, especially for greens.
  • There is no eye candy. Instead it's full of little clusters of senior citizens. Even the barista is a older lady.
  • Did I mention how disappointed I am in the green tea? Both weak and scorched.

Update. And the worst thing about Olympic Coffee and Roasting Cafe, is they close at 3pm. WTF!

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Current Location: Olympic Coffee and Roasting, Burien WA
Current Mood: working
Current Music: KING 98.1 FM, Mozart's Symphony 34 in C

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singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: November 7th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
It's pretty hard to live up to Remedy, but it doesn't sound like that place is even on the same scratchsheet.

Then again, it's in Burien.
elfs From: elfs Date: November 7th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
It is, in fact, just about the most reachable coffee shop within the radius of SEA airport that has free wifi and isn't embedded in a hotel with hotel chain prices. But you're right: it's the "older person's coffee shop" within the Normandy Park region; the two (2!) Starbucks in the stripmall across the street appeal to different crowds; the one anchoring the north end of the block appeals to the middle-class-with-kids crowd, the one eighty meters away at the south end appeals to the high-school and post-high-school crowd.

My biggest disappointment with Olympia is that I want them to differentiate themselves from Starbucks. But they don't. At best, they're just "not Starbucks." Their house roast, which they do make on site and which is far fresher than Starbucks, is of mediocre flavor. There's nothing distinctive about it.

Plus, there aren't many outlets and there are little Jesus tracts scattered about the place.

I'm a firm believer in hitting local shops over chains. I know that's mostly a fool's errand, but I want as much of my cash recirculating locally as I can get away with. I'll go to Olympia over Starbucks because I'm underwhelmed by each equally, if for different reasons. Olympia's wifi is free (and not that atrocious $6/hr deal Starbucks has) and I don't dislike their coffee. I just wish it were something spectacular to write about.
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