Seattle’s original espresso bar is still serving up coffee, charm & community

If you walk down the Ave and you’re not paying attention, you may miss the sandwich board sign directing you to Cafe Allegro. Hidden down the alley anchored by Magus Books and MOD Pizza is the unassuming coffee shop, a perfect example of not judging a book by its cover — or a cafe by its weathered signage.

Cafe Allegro is Seattle’s oldest espresso bar, established in the University District in 1975. Dave Olsen opened the business with a menu of quality espresso drinks before expanding to more beverages and pastries from local businesses. Their beans are imported from

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