Mar 3, 2023 - News

Here's your pick for Washington's official state aroma

Illustration of a woman smelling mystery question marks made out of smoke.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The winner is clear: Washington's official state aroma should be the smell of coffee.

That was the overwhelming scent-iment among Axios Seattle readers this week, after we posed the question in Wednesday's newsletter.

  • "I, personally, haven't seen any other state with so many coffee shops and good coffee," one reader wrote.

Between the lines: We're just relieved you all didn't vote for weed, like our friends in Colorado did.

  • While Washington voters legalized marijuana the same year as Coloradans, we apparently have a lot more going on, aroma-wise, than our pot-pioneering counterparts.
  • Another popular suggestion was the smell of evergreens. Not a bad combination, Washington — coffee and trees!

The bottom line: Whether it be the wafting aroma of freshly brewed java, or the smell of coffee beans gently roasting, the caffeine junkies in our state have spoken.

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