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Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.

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April 29, 2009 5:05 PM

Photo of the old Espresso Vivace building being worked over by bulldozers on Capitol Hill

Posted by Melissa Allison

Espresso Vivace owner David Schomer, manager extraordinaire Brian Fairbrother and a host of baristas pulled many a fine ristretto in the beautiful brick building being worked over this week by bulldozers on Capitol Hill. They're plowing through two blocks on Broadway to make way for a new light rail station. Here's the scene this morning, handrail still standing:

Old Vivace building

Vivace closed that location last July. Here's how it looked for months before the tear-down:


Last fall, Schomer opened a new Vivace in the Brix building a few blocks north, at 532 Broadway East:

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Below is a scene inside the new coffeehouse a few weeks ago. The mural under the counter was painted by Karen Eland, who used espresso as a pigment. It depicts Vivace's history, beginning with a Broadway coffee cart in 1987:


Just for the heck of it, here are two more photos of Vivace spaces on Capitol Hill. The sidewalk bar on Broadway:


And here's where the beans are roasted to heavenly perfection (especially if you dig a light roast), in the unfinished warehouse-looking space between Barca and Grey Gallery & Lounge on 11th Avenue:


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