Coffee with a Friend: Whole Latte Love in Ballinger Village

Monday, November 28, 2011

Vicki Michels is a woman on a mission - and that mission is to find every coffee shop in the area where you can get a good cup of coffee and sit down to enjoy it with a friend. She has consumed many mocha mint non-fat sugar-free lattes and raspberry muffins in search of information to share with our readers.


Ballinger Village Market Thriftway
Photo by Vicki Michels

WHOLE LATTE LOVE
west end of Ballinger Village Market Thriftway
20150 Ballinger Way NE
Shoreline WA 98155


By Vicki Michels

This used to be a different coffee shop, but Whole Latte Love has been open for several months at the west end of the Thriftway grocery, 20150 Ballinger Way Northeast. From inside the Thriftway store, turn left through the flower shop; from outside, use the separate entrance west of the main doors.

Baristas at Whole Latte Love coffee shop
Photo by Vicki Michels

It's a pleasant place to stop in while shopping. There are a few comfy chairs and benches if you want to stay for a bit, and also some stools near the window for a quick exit. It is your basic grocery store coffee stop, but this one has very friendly barristas and a good selection.

A variety of seating at Whole Latte Love
Photo by Vicki Michels

They have the basic coffee shop fare, but they also advertise a breakfast sandwich. I ordered one with a mocha latte, and there arrived a full 6-inch toasted bagel, slathered with cheese, egg, and sausage!


Outside tables for good weather
Photo by Vicki Michels

Outside seating is available outside on the apron in front of the store, tucked back under shade and pleasantly near the flower shop.

HOURS:

The hours are basically store hours, but note that on Sunday mornings you get a free donut, and daily there is a "happy hour" from 2 pm to 6 pm.

FOOD:

Basic coffee and tea drinks, baked goods, donuts, scones, coffee cake, and breakfast sandwiches. The coffee is locally roasted Mazza Espresso. Sample of price: my Mocha latte was $2.75.

PARKING:

No problem! There is a full lot for the grocery store and other adjoining businesses in the area.

SEATING:

As mentioned, there is a long bench with tables and chairs, and also some stools and a counter by the window.

COMPUTER/INTERNET:

WiFi is free, but there are no outlets. If you want to work on your computer, be sure it is fully charged.

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