Coffee and More Coffee

We visited the Cafe Au Lait Oly coffee stand near Target In Olympia and ordered our standard order, Americano for me and Chai Latte for my better half.

Let me say first of all that the baristas working at Cafe Au Lait Oly are SUPER NICE. Wow. So friendly. They even put whipped cream on my Americano no questions asked. My better half liked that they steamed the almond milk for his Chai. They were very busy so it’s obviously a popular spot. Two drive-up windows and the friendliest service I’ve ever had ordering coffee.

Seriously. Plus, a great cup of coffee.

Location: 2925 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502, (360) 791-3537

Hours: Mon – Fri: 5:30 am – 7 pm, Sat – Sun: 7 am – 6 pm

Go get your cafe au lait love!


Today’s weather: Chilly this morning and in the low 30s. The sun came out and we had blue skies on our lunchtime dog walk.

I heart coffee

There are a number of coffee shops and stands around Olympia and I have resolved to try as many as possible on my 365-day discovery of Olympia. I decided to start my coffee stand exploration with the neighborhood coffee stand, Steamboat Island Coffee. I was not disappointed! In fact, I wish we had stopped there sooner It has two drive-up windows which honestly is an amazing design for a drive-up place. We walked up because we had Mr. Barky with us. The guys working were super nice. I got a very good American and my better half got a chai. They even gave us a dog cookie for Mr. Barky. (He liked it very much and he is picky about treats.) Something for everyone!!

Location: 3403 Steamboat Island Road Northwest, Olympia, WA 98502

Hours: 6 am – 6 pm, Monday-Friday, 7 am – 6 pm on Saturday and 7 am – 4 pm on Sunday.


Today’s weather: No rain! Highs in the 50s. It’s 56°F at about 4 pm. G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S!

In Search of the Perfect Cup

I really love coffee and long before I moved here, I was a fan of Olympia Coffee Roasting Company. I was gifted several bags of coffee, different varieties.

I have visited two locations in Olympia, downtown at 600 4th Ave E and 1706 Harrison Ave NW. When you visit the downtown location, check out the massive pour over station that is poetry in motion. It’s a thing of beauty and mesmerizing. The location on Harrison in West Olympia looks like more of a stand but it’s a walk-in location that also sells bags of coffee. Before Christmas, I went there to buy some coffee for a friend and asked one of the baristas about their holiday blend. She said: “It tastes like plums and takes cream like a dream.” Free poetry with every bag! I bought a bag for myself. I finally opened it a few days ago while I was putting away holiday decorations and it was as described. So good!

If you like coffee but can’t drink caffeine or you like to switch between regular and decaf so you can sleep at night, you know that it can be hard to find good decaf. Why is it so bad? It’s almost as if coffee roasters think that decaf drinkers are second-class citizens who don’t deserve a perfect cup. Well if you are a decaf drinker, you can say it loud and say it proud at Olympia Coffee. Their Asterisk decaf is quite good. If you drink regular, treat yourself to a sampler pack of four single origin coffees. Coffee is available online, but for the poetry or the poetry in motion, you need to visit in person.

Happy coffee drinking!