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Coffee City

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

February 23, 2010 at 2:50 PM

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Photo of first Puget Sound espresso cart appearance: Edmonds, 1979

Posted by Melissa Allison

First Espresso Cart.jpg
Two of the three guys responsible for the first coffee cart in this area -- and, as far as anyone knows, the country -- are now co-owners of espresso machine maker La Marzocco.

After this morning's story about the lack of coffee carts in Seattle, Jack Kuo at La Marzocco e-mailed this photo of the first appearance of the first espresso cart -- at the 1979 Edmonds Arts Festival. Check out the full story for more about the cart and the guys who created it.

Updated 4:35 p.m: Kuo says you can see the espresso machine that was on the cart (a CMA-made Cafetema) and other antique machines at La Marzocco's new space in Ballard: 1553 NW Ballard Way. "Yup, people stop by all the time but, depending on when, people might not necessarily be fully available," he said.

Update 2/24/2010: Seattle architect Bill Fuller contacted me to say he designed a cart that debuted in L.A. in 1978, and the artist who ran it -- Arlene Golant -- gave details.

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