You know those instances where you discover a new, exciting place after years of driving by it without taking note of its existence? Cafe Cesura was one of those times for me. I never really noticed it until one day I found myself in the area with no plans and wondering what to do; then I got in the I-want-to-explore-my-hometown-because-anything-like-that-can-still-be-exciting mood, and I ended up walking into this coffee shop!
There are many cafes in the Seattle area featuring art pieces, loud trendy music, and the bustling of stacking mugs and saucers and friendly conversation. Cafe Cesura counts in the club, but it is still a venue worth visiting. Its location is definitely unexpected, at least for me because for a long time I had accepted the prejudiced notion that all coffee shops with such an energetic aura only existed in Seattle. This one sits in Downtown Bellevue. Its windows make up the entire wall where the entrance door is, letting in the much needed natural light to illuminate the paintings hanging on the purple-grey walls. Stark black chairs, wooden tables, and kind baristas add to this lovely atmosphere. All in all, you get the strong impression (strong as their coffee...) that they aim high to give the coffee fanatic a satisfying experience.
Speaking of their coffee, it is another reason to really take note of Cafe Cesura (well obviously). There is that bitter taste that excites you, in that you find yourself acknowledging that you are ingesting a cup of strong, nourishing coffee. But, the creamy flavor and smooth texture give the juxtaposing subtlety to your taste buds. Plus, you will find great art sitting on your drink and not just on the venue walls (shown in picture above)!
If you ever find yourself in town, or you are just a car drive away (hopefully not too long of a car drive), stop by and let me know what you think.