Now on my "to do" list when I go to Tokyo is to find some "Kissatens" -- old-style coffee stalls. So Seattle is not the first coffee obsessed city. I love that the writer comments that sometimes it is not the perfect coffee that appeals, rather the perfect experience and atmosphere...and relaxed attitude.
Brew me a cup for a winter's night. For the wind howls loud, and the furies fight; Spice it with love and stir it with care, And I'll toast your bright eyes, my sweetheart fair. ~ Minna Thomas Antrim, "A Night Cap," A Book of Toasts, 1902