This place is beautiful.
The grand entrance
Serious Pie inside of the Starbucks Reserve
Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Pear, Hazelnuts, and Black Trumpet Aioli
Soft Eggs, Prosciutto, and Arugula Pizza
Starbucks Reserve Beans
Siphon flight in progress ($22 for 2)
Beans that get refilled through the pipes
The downstairs tasting room
Bags that don't meet the weight standards are pushed into the barrel
After a delicious lunch at Serious Pie, we walked around, took in the rich smell around us, and tucked into our comfy chairs with our smoked butterscotch latte with milk produced by Serious Pie. Yes, it's over-the-top. I felt so special drinking this test-run latte, but it debuted this week at all locations! However, I doubt that your latte contains milk that is specially made by Serious Pie, ha! It's actually the least sweet latte I've had at Starbucks. The smokiness is very pronounced.
Smoked Butterscotch Lattes
Being a wide-eye tourist, I talked myself into buying some of these much hyped about "rare" beans. We got into a detailed conversation with a barista about the beans that have the least acidity and still taste awesome. The Guatemala from Monte David is the least acidic of the reserve roasts that will be rolled out en masse soon, but the Tanzania Mt. Meru has some acidity and is the most exclusive roast that will never be mass produced. I had to take home a small bag of each, and they're indeed delicious and true to the flavors described by the barista.
Low acidity roasts
As unique as this particular Starbucks is, Seattleites can't feel special for long. Apparently, they plan to open more Reserve locations throughout the U.S. soon - Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. :-/
Weeks after our first visit to the Reserve, I got a job in the SoDo area (south of downtown), and my office just happens to be right behind the Starbucks corporate headquarters.
View of Starbucks Corporate HQ from my office
What to do but to celebrate at the Reserve again with a mole mocha!
Mole Mocha - espresso with milk, smoked chocolate sauce, sesame, and chiles