in my neighborhood || favorite coffee shops


By default, being from the Pacific Northwest makes me a coffee lover. My first real job was in the mall coffee shop, my second was at Starbucks and now I couldn’t live without my Nespresso and local coffee haunts. No matter where I go, my order is always the same. double tall mocha. I made it my first day at that first real job and have clung to it since. 14 years of double tall mochas later and I’m not sure if I’m pathetic or a true expert in the category.

Anyway, I will go out of my way to snag my favorite vice from any of these coffee shops. If you also happen to be a mocha (or just coffee) fan, I wholeheartedly recommend you try them out.

1. Espresso Vivace : The Best! They are a little too serious about the true Italian espresso vibe for me in Vivace but it absolutely works for them. If you don’t get fancy with your drink order, this is THE PLACE!

2. Urban Coffee Lounge: A new favorite of mine. They serve Stumptown Coffee and do it oh-so-well. The tall comes standard as a double (a true way to my heart) and the Totem Lake location has a small kids corner which makes it an A++ for me.

3. Deru Market: I love Deru for so many things (hellloooo best turkey sandwich eva’) and the coffee is one of them. Although practically the price of gold ($6 for a drink), it’s served in bowl that fits right in my little hands and is sweetened just enough with house made chocolate. Can’t ask for much more.

4. Mercury Coffee Co.: This is my go-to drive thru. My only tip here is to order half the chocolate. Then. Enjoy!

5. Whole Foods Market: I juuuuussst started picking up coffee here. We moved right down the road from Whole Paycheck Foods and although reallllllyyyyy slow, the coffee is great! If you can wait, it’s totally worth grabbing a mocha to help keep your sanity while you grocery shop.

If you have any other local recommendations, I would LOVE to hear them!

Photo By Lora Grady Photography

Morning Mocha



I spent most of high school and breaks from college working at cute little cafe´in our local mall. We served sandwiches,  pastries (hello amazing warm chocolate chip cookies), soup and a beautiful selection of espresso drinks. Not to say I blame you Fraiche´Cup (OK I blame you) for my every day morning mocha but mostly, I thank you for the delicious treat I brew up to start my day.

I used to have a more traditional espresso machine but a few years ago I moved to my Nespresso which I love dearly and it makes my morning mocha routine so easy.

What You Need || Milk (I use Organic Non-Fat), Chocolate Syrup (any store brand will do), HiLine Espresso Pods and a Nespresso Machine

What You Do ||

Pour chocolate into your cup as you count to 5

Start milk in steamer before running espresso shots

Run two shots into cup right before milk is done


Add milk and stir again (I like to top mine with a little extra frothed milk using the whisk feature)


Enjoy! Melissa

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This post was sponsored by HiLine Coffee Company.


Just Saying: I L.O.V.E My Nespresso


You Guys! I can not function without my morning coffee. And by not function I mean…can’t really talk, don’t want to talk and rarely even want to look at anyone. This little machine is life changer! My Nespresso froths the milk and pours a really nice shot ( So important because not only do I love my morning coffee, I’m kind of a snob about coffee Hey, I’m from Seattle). Also, they have an awesome app for ordering the pods and after ordering, they arrive in two days on my doorstep! Couldn’t be happier. Obsessed!