Bellingham Coffee Roasters

There are so many coffee stops in Bellingham, it’s cayzie. Actual cafes, shops that have top-tier espresso machines and trained baristas, near-huge drive thrus and numerous mini drive throughs… Bellingham has all of them and many copies of each. And yet.. each is unqiue-ish.

If you’re into drive-thru coffee, here’s a game you can play. Try them all…. there’s like 60 of them. Somebody should make one of those maps, or tourism passports you can get stamped, lol.

Be careful though…. the reason there are so many coffee stops might be because so many people in and passing through Bellingham love coffee, but it also MIGHT be because it’s super profitable to dispense lesser quality coffee, one-espresso-shot-in-20 oz of hot water, for premium prices, while encouraging servers to live off tips.

What about actual coffee roasters? Not so much… although they come and go on a regular basis.

If you’re wondering about coffee roasters in Bellingham, you must consider the region, not just the city. And the following come to mind… add a comment to add a roaster or roastery!

Moka Joe’s – was in a small garage on James Street with a coool but perhaps too-laid-back storefront. Was sold to Fidalgo Bay Roasting and relocated to Rt 20 on the way to Anacortes, which then merged with Coyote Coffee (?) and still in that (now enlarged) location.

Barnyard Roasters in Blaine, which reportedly now assumed Hammerhead Coffee which has ceased to operate in Bellingham.

Tony’s Coffee is still roasting in an industrial garage in Bellingham but that doesn’t serve the public (allegedly, lol). You need to go to Fairhaven for the actual coffee shop (Tony’s Cafe on Harris Ave) or a local supermarket to buy their beans.

Reportedly their are a few roasters south in Burlington (Sonofresco, and north in Ferndale (Simonelli?), plus micro-style roasters scattered about (Maniac Roasting sells at Black Drop in downtown Bellingham, Agape was selling and donating to charity but may have moved on, Prime seems to have changed, Camber in downtown Bellingham is an attempt at upscale dispensing but is owned by Tony’s and is….well.. kinda consistently unreliable still, to be honest. They got the look down, though, and the premium prices).

Best Burger in Bellingham

So where can you get the best hamburger in Bellingham, Washington? A common question. Let’s explore, and update this post with the “answer” when it is settled. Add your favorites in the comments.

 

The Loft : Offers a regular burger and a Kobe burger…. much higher end than popular burger joints, and also good.

Fiamma Burger : Certainly convenient when you’re downtown, but not as good a burger as Boomers or Five Guys. Large fry plate is massive.. and very good.

Bob’s Burger and Brew : Fat burgers, big plates, but not memorable as burgers go.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries : A higher quality burger than Boomers, but overall about the same because Boomer’s has better fries

Boomer’s Drive In : Cheap food, but good!

 

Drinks With a View

Some notes about bars with great scenic views, or in other worlds, “Where can I go in Bellingham Washington for a drink wth a great view?”

Anthony’s at Squalicum Harbor – on the harbor, with a 180 degree view of the marina.
Harborside Restaurant in the Hotel Bellwether – same vicinity as Anthony’s restaurant, but more of a waterfrotn view than a marina view. Have a drinkw hile looking out at the islands.
Cliff House – a great sunset destination, the Cliff House restuarant faces the FairHaven waterfront, from up on the hill between Bellingham and Fairhaven. Patio dining and bar, with a great view.
The Woods Coffee House – specifically the one inside Boulevard Park, along the waterfront between downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven.
Fino Wine Bar at the Chrysalis Inn – another view of the Fairhaven waterfront, but from inside Fino restaurant, which is itself inside the Chrysalis Inn. European wine selection, great water view.
Chuckanut Brewery – just north of downtown, on the creek (Whatcom Creek, where it enters Bellingham Bay).

Marlins’ Cafe : Humboldt & Potter Street, Bellingham, WA

I saw an ad for Marlins’ Cafe while browsing through Cascadia Weekly. I have lived in Bellingham for eight years and I thought I had found all the local eateries. But I missed Marlins’ Cafe. Its location in the heart of the York neighborhood IN a mini-grocer (Nelson’s Market) is my excuse. I’m going to check it out and report back.

Stay tuned.

Marlin’ Cafe @ 514 Potter St in Nelson’s Market. Call 360-734-2448. Hours: call FIRST usually 7am-9pm.

Come Cook With Nahla @ Mediterranean Specialties

Nahla is hosting a cooking class at Mediterranean Specialties August 23rd @ 7:15pm for those in love with ethnic cooking.

The menu is simple, but makes my mouth water in anticipation.

Halloumi and Green Figs Kebab
Fattoush
Hummus
Lamb Kebab
Fresh roasted veggies with pomegranate aiolli

Dessert is served with Lebanese coffee. $3 extra for a glass of wine.

In case you are unfamiliar with some of the menu, I will explain.

Halloumi is cheese made from a mix of goat’s and sheep milk. It has a high melting point, so is perfect for grilling and frying. Cheese and figs, hmm, sounds very good to me – where’s my wine?

Fattoush is a bread salad made with toasted or fried pita bread and mixed with seasonal greens/vegetables. Hummus is ground chick peas, sesame seeds w/seasonings. They are meze foods, or small dishes.

The countries bordering on the eastern Mediterranean Sea have traditional meze dishes:  fattoush, hummus, babaghaoush. They are small dishes meant to accompany a meal or to serve as a snack. This is similiar to Korean banchan dishes (kimchi, namul) and Spanish tapas (chorizo, empanadas) and Chinese dim sum.

I have lunch at Mediterranean Specialties often, so I truly look forward to a meal specially cooked for me. Perhaps she can use an eager prep chef or clean up crew for the future. I am experienced! Read my Community Food Co-op credentials…8-16-11

360-738-6895       Mediterranean Specialties 505 32nd St Bellingham