People in Seattle consume more coffee than any other city in America. One study done by The Daily Beast stated that there are 35 coffee shops per 100,000 residents and that residents of Seattle spend an average of $36 a month on coffee. That’s a lot of caffeine – so how did Seattle become the coffee-lover’s paradise it is today?
To get the whole story, we have to go back to 1895 where a local Seattle dockworker, Oscar Delaloyes found a bag of spilled coffee beans on the docks. He pan-roasted the beans and began to peddle his product around the area. Soon, his profits allowed him to open up Seattle Tea and Coffee at Pike Place Market, which is also the home to the oldest Starbucks location. In 1966 Alfred Peet, disappointed with the quality of the coffee in the United States after immigrating to San Francisco in 1955 (Peet was born in the Netherlands where his father ran a small coffee roastery) travels the world to find the highest quality of beans and opens Peet’s Coffee and Tea in Berkley, CA. Read More