Get Caffeinated at Tacoma Coffee Shops

 

By Margo Greenman

Start your day at Tacoma local coffee shops.
Start your day at Tacoma local coffee shops.

Most of my mornings start with the same ritual: turn off the alarm (after a “snooze” or two), roll out of bed, fumble for my glasses, shuffle my way into the kitchen, and sleepily make myself a mug of fresh brewed pour-over. And all this before even showering or brushing my teeth.

However, on the days when I hit the snooze button one too many times and can’t afford the extra minutes it takes to brew my own coffee, I’m thankful to be surrounded by so many excellent coffee shops – all of which are locally owned and operated to boot.

But these shops double as more than just a pit stop for caffeine. Tacoma-area coffee shops are community gathering hubs, places of study, and even venues for live entertainment.

Next time you need a jolt of caffeine on-the-go or a place to sit and enjoy each sip, visit one of these Tacoma-area coffee shops.

Bluebeard Coffee Roasters
Open the door to this 6th Ave coffee shop and you’re instantly met by the hiss, buzz and trickle of espresso, a whirlwind of chatter, and a flurry of clicking keyboards. Not to mention, of course, the robust aroma of roasted coffee, made fresh on location. A popular study spot for college students, 6th Avenue locals, and visitors alike, Bluebeard Coffee Roasters brews-up quality crafted mugs of coffee to their thirsty, caffeine-devoid patrons. Located in the historic building which was once home to the iconic Rector’s Antiques, the interior of Bluebeard is a chic, urban setting, perfect for last minute cram sessions or just catching up with old friends.

Bluebeard Coffee Roasters
2201 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
253-272-5600

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Grab a cup of Tacoma roasted and brewed coffee at Valhalla Coffee on 6th Avenue.
Grab a cup of Tacoma roasted and brewed coffee at Valhalla Coffee on 6th Avenue. Photo credit: Valhalla Coffee.

Valhalla Coffee
For the past 10 years, Tacoma native A.J. Anderson has been sharing expertly roasted and exquisitely brewed coffee with the Tacoma community at his coffee shop, Valhalla Coffee. One sip and it’s obvious that Anderson’s more than 20 years of coffee roasting experience goes into curating each cup of brew sold at this 6th Avenue café and roasterie. The menu at Valhalla is simple, so making a selection is never a challenge. And, if you like what you taste (and chances are you will), you can buy a bag of beans (by the pound) to enjoy at home.

Valhalla Coffee
3918 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406
253-761-5116

Hours:
Daily 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Metronome Coffee
When University of Puget Sound students need to escape the “campus bubble,” Metronome Coffee is a popular destination for fresh brew, a quick bite, and even live entertainment. Serving an assortment of direct trade brews, seasonal specialties, pastries from Corina Bakery, and even a selection of Washington-local microbrews and wines, Metronome has something for everyone. And, as if tasty beverages and eats weren’t enough, on the weekend you can drop-in to Metronome and enjoy live music from talented locals.

Metronome Coffee
3518 6th Avenue, 101
Tacoma, WA 98406
253-301-2375

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Live music is regularly on the menu at Metronome Coffee. Photo credit: Metronome Coffee.
Live music is regularly scheduled at Metronome Coffee. Photo credit: Metronome Coffee.

Cosmonaut Coffee Co.
For nearly a decade, Cosmonaut Coffee Co. (formerly Satellite), has been serving Stumptown coffee and espresso to the people of Tacoma. But coffee isn’t the only thing you’ll find on Cosmonaut’s menu. Patrons can also select from a variety of teas, beverages, and fresh baked goods – including some gluten-free options. Located in Tacoma’s historic Stadium District, Cosmonaut is a great place to grab a quick cup of brew on the go. And, be sure to check Cosmonaut’s Facebook page daily to stay informed about specials and deals.
Note: Seating is limited inside this quaint and cozy café, so plan accordingly.

Cosmonaut Coffee Co.
817 Division Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
863-692-6766

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Hop Coffee
Harmon Brewing Company knows its beers, and recently this popular Tacoma-based brewery decided to take that knowledge to the next level. Providing a new way for the people of Tacoma to enjoy their coffee, Hop Coffee offers the community “the best of both brews.” At Hop Coffee, customers can infuse their morning cup of joe with flavors and syrups created from each of Harmon Brewing Company’s five flagship beers. You can grab a cup to-go at the walk-up window, or if weather permits, grab a seat outside.

Hop Coffee
204 Saint Helens Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-212-2725

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Infuse your coffee with beer at Hop Coffee and enjoy the "best of both brews."
Infuse your coffee with beer at Hop Coffee and enjoy the “best of both brews.”

Anthem Coffee & Tea
Downtown Tacoma is always bustling. To help people keep-up with all the commotion, Anthem Coffee & Tea offers everything downtown employees need to refuel when their steam starts running low. But, Anthem’s downtown location is only the tip of the iceberg. With a flagship store located in Puyallup’s beautiful Pioneer Park, Pierce County residents have two options when it comes to grabbing a jolt of java or a bite to eat. You can learn about Anthem’s mission statement here, or experience it for yourself firsthand at either of their two South Sound locations. Did I mention they offer happy hour?

Anthem Coffee & Tea
Downtown Tacoma
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-572-9705

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Happy Hour:
Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: All day

Puyallup
210 West Pioneer Avenue
Puyallup, WA 98371
253-881-1445

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Happy Hour:
Monday – Friday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: All day

Whether on the go, in need of a study spot, or are on the hunt for some local entertainment, Tacoma-area coffee shops have what you're looking for.
Whether on the go, in need of a study spot, or are on the hunt for some local entertainment, Tacoma-area coffee shops have what you’re looking for. Photo credit: Valhalla Coffee.

Treos
Whether you’re in the North End or Central Tacoma, local coffee shop Treos can sate your caffeine craving at either of their two locations. Serving “serious coffee without the attitude,” Treos is more than just a coffee shop, it’s a gathering place committed to fostering friendships and fun. And, what’s more, Treos also plays host to trivia nights every Tuesday (don’t worry, they serve beer and wine, too), and live music throughout the week.

Treos
North End
2312 North 30th Street
Tacoma, WA 98403
253-212-2287

Central Tacoma
1201 South Union Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-301-0478

Metro Coffee
College students know all too well that coffee is often their only saving grace between late nights of studying and making it to class on time in the morning. Luckily, University of Washington Tacoma students can refuel right on campus at Metro Coffee, conveniently located on the university’s steps. All of your favorite coffee shop beverages can be found on Metro Coffee’s menu, along with food offerings like pastries, sandwiches, and wraps.

Metro Coffee
1901 Jefferson Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-627-8152

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

Cover photo courtesy of Metronome Coffee.

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