Caffe Ladro in Lynnwood is located in a converted photofinishing building. I think I can still smell the photo processing chemicals.
Visited the Caffe Ladro location in Lynnwood with Jim Hunger of Belly Rub Products who also contributes here on Explore Washington State. Jim has met at this location with friends and family before, so we added to our list of shops to visit. I try to be positive in my articles as I do not consider myself a food critique. This article will be an exception.
The shop was quite busy with most of the tables full of people enjoying coffees and conversations. Jim and I ordered drip coffee and we asked for cups for here. We were told that they were out and that all they had were paper cups. Ok, understandable except that there was a large pile of dirty dishes and cups clearly visible and while we there nobody made any effort to wash them. There were also plastic bags full of garbage next to the coffee bar. They too were still there when we left.
The barista was tired and not particularly friendly. Perhaps we just timed our visit at the wrong time? I will be going back and will update my article with my findings.
Celebrating 25 years of coffee in Seattle.
My coffee tasted like it may have been part of the initial batch of coffee brewed 25 years ago. It was barely drinkable. In fact, I threw it out. Life is too short for bad coffee. The drip was supposed to be the Ladro Espresso which is Caffe Ladro’ s Flagship roast. I did not pick up on any of the notes of chocolate, dark cherry or caramel that the tasting notes mention. Jim was not impressed with his coffee either.
Caffe Ladro has 16 locations in the greater Seattle area. They have grown into a nice sized coffee chain with a good reputation throughout the area for good service and good coffees. I did not find that to be the case on my visit. I fully expect that it was a confluence of events that lead to the poor experiences.
The décor at Lynnwood location is sort of 1960’s mod. There are lots of tables and the Wi-Fi was good. There is a drive through if you are looking for a cup of coffee on the go.
Where to find
You can find all of the Caffe Ladro locations by following this link to their locations page their website. Check out their Instagram feed or you can find them on Facebook. It would be best though to stop in and see them and when you do stop in tell them you heard about them from Explore Washington State. Prove me wrong share with me your good stories about Caffe Ladro.
This wraps up day Thirty-Five of One Hundred. Where will I be having coffee tomorrow? Check back and see. Have you been to any of the Caffe Ladro locations? Share your thoughts below. Do you have a favorite coffee shop? Send me the name and address of any shops that you think I should go to.
Why 100 Cups of Coffee in 100 Days? Read my original article here.