In the early 1980s, Seattle grabbed the “Hip” crown as it profoundly influenced music, fashion, business andlanguage. Grunge music emerged and was known worldwide as the “Seattle Sound” and the uniform was Seattle inspired flannel. Microsoft was releasing Windows 1.0 releasing the power of the PC. A new language with terms like “double tall” told the story of people enjoying coffee exactly as they desired prepared with expert attention to detail.

Avid Following of Discerning Coffee Drinkers

At the bottom of Seattle’s historic and swanky Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, in a district known as Uptown, a small coffee shop, Uptown Espresso began attracting an avid following of discerning coffee drinkers. Uptown’s customers discovered a remarkable experience made possible by expert baristas, a proprietary coffee roast, a cool atmosphere and something called Velvet Foam. The October 2010 Seattle Magazine stated that Uptown Espresso “…did introduce Seattle to the silky foamed milk…so we might want to consider giving them a key to the city”.

Uptown Espresso Key to the City of Seattle
We would happily accept a key to the city but we would much rather prefer to introduce you Uptown Espresso at one of our seven stores. Come discover the same attributes that attracted our first customers over 30 years ago.

The DNA of Uptown Espresso

Uptown Espresso can trace its DNA back to 1895 when Oscar Delaloye, a lock dock worker, found a damaged sack of imported coffee beans on a pier at the Seattle waterfront. He brought the beans home to roast and the rich aroma filled the air and captivated his neighbors. The interest of his neighbors spawned a door-to-door coffee business that eventually grew into a shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
Oscar Delaloye Seattle Tea & Coffee Company

Seattle’s first coffee roaster, Oscar Delaloye, starts Seattle Tea & Coffee Company. Circa 1897.

Three generations later, Oscar’s great-grandson Dow Lucerell took a job as a barista at the newly opened Uptown Espresso. In a career choice of desitiny, Dow’s love of Uptown’s quality, customers and Velvet Foam led him to eventually buy the Queen Anne shop. Today, Uptown Espresso continues to serve a growing legion of discerning coffee devotees with seven shops located throughout Seattle.

Uptown Espresso’s best history comes in every newcomer who discovers great coffee, hand made from scratch baked treats and Velvet Foam for the first time.