Review: Playing Tourist at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

Hello coffee lovers!

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle

When I was thinking of a meeting place and some of the top things to do in Seattle, I instantly thought of the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room in downtown Seattle. I have been hearing about this place for a few months now but being a Seattleite and coffee enthusiast, Starbucks is not my first choice when home due to the dummification of the art of coffee. My boyfriend and I argue about this all the time since he likes coffee that doesn’t taste like coffee i.e. Triple shot white-chocolate peppermint mocha. HUH?!

Anyhow, I have to admit that Starbucks really hit the nail on the head with their Starbucks Reserve. From the moment you walk in, you are in sensory overload,  in a good way. The fortress-like wooden doors have your curiosity peaked by the coffee-crawling adventure you are about to embark on.

As I walk in and try to make sense of what I am seeing and which direction to head just to order my tall extra-hot late with almond milk (i’ve since changed to the coconut milk they now offer–yumm!) I see a stand alone sampling area with a gentlemen serving a chilled coffee who gestures me to come in for a try…Spectacular!

I then make my way over to a very large bar with what appear to be baristas pleasantly ready to serve. Five mini, glass-silos filled with different varietals of coffee are positioned over the bar with copper tubing transporting the coffee from the massive silo across the way.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle


I was starved due to a late start that morning and my only complaint  was that due to my dietary restrictions consisting of no dairy, gluten-free, and vegetarian, there were literally zero options. So I ordered a green Evolution juice-drink on the side.

Side note: This is Seattle and plenty of us weirdos lol have dietary constraints.  Starbucks, I recommend you enhance your offerings to cater to all 3 of those things. 🙂 You will have even happier clientele!

Starbucks Reserve late

Starbucks Reserve late

Nonetheless, I proceeded to wait for my drink while mesmerized by my ambience. This lovely woman steps out from behind the counter and calls my name, “Joanie”.

The presentation of my ornately adorned late and little biscuit on the side atop a wooden tray made me almost squeal with joy due to the careful thought put into every detail of this place.

The service was incredible. We were even offered two full mugs of new exotic coffee varietals that were just released and the baristas description of the coffee felt like I was being served a fine french wine at RN74 lol. “Sure! We will take more coffee with our coffee.”

After a lovely meeting that was constantly interrupted by my need to capture every moment on film, I begin to explore.

I loved the idea of bringing the coffee roasting process to their guest’s experience. As consumers, we are usually so far removed from what happens before our food/drinks are served to us so I felt captivated by the juxtaposition of what felt like a farm to table or plantation to table experience.

Make sure you check out the video on my Starbucks Reserve experience. Like, comment and/or share your thoughts!

Joanie Dhillon | Blogger | World Traveler | Freedom-Preneur | Seattle, WA

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