Software and Coffee in Seattle

I spent a couple of days this week in Seattle. The company I work for opened an office in Seattle earlier this year and it is being populated by more and more engineers many of them convinced to move across from Amazon and other big names.

Seattle is pretty big on coffee. Starbucks, Seattle's Best and Peets all originated in the city. The older downtown area near the docks is full of speciality coffee shops as well. Seattle loves its coffee. The office in Seattle did not have a kevrig machine or a filter coffee machine like most American offices do. It had an espresso machine.

I was shown the mechanism for making an espresso with the machine. It was complicated, you had to bang the puck so that it would be flat and separate from the rubber seal. You also had to pull the handles for set numbers of seconds to make a satisfactory espresso. It was a bit too complicated for me to remember first go.

Anyway, the upshot was that you could start the day with an espresso. Given the environment of old downtown Seattle with its bustling streets and technology companies sited in old 10thC industrial textile factories and warehouses. It was pretty cool. Seattle is a lovely city.
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