Jun 9, 2022 - Food and Drink

QED Coffee offers smooth cappuccinos and cool vibe

A cappuccino with decorative foam art on in a porcelain cup and saucer on a wooden table, with people talking and windows in background.

QED's light-filled space in Mount Baker. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

I was bummed when QED Coffee's location on 5th Avenue closed during the pandemic. It was near my former office and a place I visited to focus my thoughts while sipping a good cappuccino.

Yes, but: There's an easy remedy for this — just head to the local roaster's original café at 1418 31st Ave. South in Mount Baker.

The spot: A clean, cozy space punctuated by wood finishes and white tile.

  • The baristas are friendly and unpretentious.
  • One of them, when a customer asked what a morning bun pastry tasted like, said it was "like a croissant, but with more butter and sugar."
  • If that's not an apt description, I don't know what is.

The verdict: QED's creamy, six-ounce cappuccino lacks any hint of bitterness. Nor does it have that acidic, puckery aftertaste that coffee aficionados often pretend they like, but that most everyone really hates.

  • Plus, the café serves pastries from Macrina Bakery, which is never a bad thing.
  • They also sell tea, beer, and wine.

Of note: QED also has a newer location at 512 Broadway — I haven't been yet, but let me know if you try it out!

A view of a cappuccino with decorative foam art on a white cup and saucer with a dark rim.
It's pretty much perfect, and not just to the eye. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios
The outside of QED with a hanging sign and trees along the sidewalk, along with a sandwich board sign that says QED.
Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

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