The name is real, Better Living Through Coffee. It features locally roasted organic coffee and a great view of Port Townsend Bay. They serve strong coffee here. By default, their 16 oz. drinks are made with 4 shots. I ask for 12 ounces and 2 shots in my Americanos. They’re happy to serve custom sizes.
I was listening to a jazz station a couple of days ago. I think it was KPLU, although it might have been one of the other jazz stations I stream. The song On Moonlight Bay, sung by Doris Day, got played. I don’t particularly like it. That doesn’t matter. “I was sailing along on Moonlight Bay,” is on a repeat loop running through my head.
Well, here’s a sailboat on a moonlit bay.
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One way to beat the heat is to walk on North Beach. As a breeze almost always blows onto the beach off the 55 degree Strait of Juan de Fuca, we have a built in air conditioner. Add sea fog and we actually had to wear jackets on our mid-day walk.
Considering how much of the year the sky here is overcast there aren’t that many opportunities to get full moon photos. Fortunately, July typically turns clear and the moon comes out. Here, it’s a bit after moonrise. This photo was taken over Point Hudson Marina.
When I first came to Port Townsend it was on the ferry from Whidbey Island at sunset. This view is not from the ferry, but Coleman dock. It doesn’t matter. The twilight view of the waterfront felt magical then. It still does 20 years later.
This isn’t related to anything other than my appreciation of hot sauce. I took the photo to see if I could get the texture of the paper. Not quite, but it does show the print dot pattern. Frank’s was the original hot sauce used in Buffalo Wings.
I saw this crane and the moon and had to take this shot. Unfortunately the place from which I had to take it to get the angles right was in the middle of Water Street. I did get one angry driver honking his horn at me.
My wife, Karen, and I are members of the cult of coffee. It’s not a religious affiliation, although the perfect cup can bring sighs of rapture. We’ve decided to sample our way through Port Townsend’s nearly two dozen coffee shops and share the results with you.
We don’t prefer the same drink. Karen likes lattes and has a fancy Italian espresso machine with which she steams her dark beans and foams them into a milky delight.
I drink brewed coffee of a milder roast. And when I say roast, I’m being very specific, as I roast my own varietal beans in micro batches and brew one cup at a time.
As we realize that judging a cup depends on personal taste as much as it does the person brewing it, we won’t rate coffee quality. With one exception, all the suppliers of coffee goodness we describe here usually produce a good cup. Since espresso is ideally hand crafted, the experience and attention of the barista brewing the coffee is as important as the equipment used and the coffee itself. Instead, we will offer a description of each coffee shop and hopefully provide enough information for you to make an informed choice about which to visit.
- Tyler Street Coffee House
- 215 Tyler Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
- 6 am – 5pm, closed Monday
- (360) 379-4185
- Can access the Palace Hotel network with no password.
- 12 oz. Americano: $2.30
- 12 oz. Latte: $3.25
- 12 oz. Mocha: $3.50
- 12 oz. Drip: $2.00
- Tyler Street has an on-site bakery that offers fresh baked sweets of all kinds. In addition it serves lunch and breakfast. The food is fresh, no wrapped sandwiches here.
- General Atmosphere:
- The decor is early 1900s with art deco touches. An exposed brick wall and glass storefront add to the charm. It features wood floors, coffee bar and tables. Three outside tables are available for al fresco enjoyment.
- Seattle roasted Caffé Vita is featured, some of which is organic and fair trade.