Coffee with a Friend: Diva Espresso on 145th

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Corrected 02-29-2012 1:09pm 
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.

Exterior of Diva Espresso
Photo by Vicki Michels


DIVA ESPRESSO
14419 Greenwood N
(SW corner of 145th and Greenwood)
206-417-1639

By Vicki Michels

Situated in what looks to me like an old garage space, the modern Diva Espresso provides a cozy stop. The location is the north edge of a strip of shops on the west side of the street. The Seattle Golf and Country Club is just north across 145th, providing a quiet, green view.

DIVA is part of a chain of six coffee shops, owned by partners in Seattle. Others you may have seen are located in West Seattle, Greenlake, Harborview, Downtown, and Lake City. The beans are roasted by the Highlands Coffee Company, which attributes their fine quality to "human dignity" based on "decent, evenhanded, fair and equitable relationships between grower, broker, roaster, and consumer."

Counter at Diva Espresso
Photo by Vicki Michels

The shop provides all the standards: lattes, coffees, smoothies, soft drinks, and baked goods. (I visited this last summer and had a "Creamsicle Princess" – it was wonderful! )

This is a fairly intimate place, not really kid-friendly. It is more of a place to drop in, meet friends, hang out for a while and chat or work on a computer. It is not exactly "in" Shoreline, but located just across the street.

HOURS:
Open – Mon-Fri, 5:30 a.m.; Sat, 6 a.m.; Sun, 7 a.m.
Close – Mon-Fri, 9 p.m.; Sat, 9 p.m.; Sun, 8 pm.

FOOD:
There is a limited selection of baked goods. The focus here is more on the coffee and specialty drinks.

PARKING:
There are perhaps 10 spaces. Parking is in front of the building and along the driveway, usable by anyone shopping in the strip.

Not large, but welcoming
Photo by Vicki Michels

SEATING:
There are two cushy loveseats and 5 tables. This is not a large place, but is welcoming.

COMPUTER/INTERNET:
Wi-Fi is provided. The password is simply posted and available to everyone to use.



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