Thank You for Helping Us Raise $10,000 to Support Pike Place Market Child Care!

Fonté Coffee Roaster raised $10,000 from the sale of our 2014 Holiday Blend, to support Pike Place Market Child Care’s healthy nutrition program. Thank you for the support of everyone that bought this coffee to enjoy during the Holidays.


Posted on Jan 28th, 2015


Join us for the Holiday Blend Cupping!
Tuesday December 23rd at 5:30pm

at Fonte Cafe and Wine Bar!
1321 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101
Free and open to the public.

Holiday Blend

Posted on Dec 3rd, 2014



Saturday and Sunday September 20th & 21st 5pm-9pm

Menu designed by James Beard, Award Winning Chef Jason Wilson of Miller’s Guild and Crush, and Fonte’s Executive Chef Kristofer Kalinczok

4 course meal for $50
5 course Gilbert Cellars wine pairing for $15

Come celebrate our five year mark with great food, wine, and most importantly great people. We would love to share our 5 year mark with you.

We are taking 4 course dinner reservations from 5pm-9pm.
Call us at 206-777-6193 or email us at to reserve a table.

Posted on Sep 17th, 2014


Friday, Feb. 28th—Listen To Gold Wake Press Authors Read From Their Work

Posted on Feb 27th, 2014




Thursday, February 27 at 7 pm

Join us for an evening featuring poetry readings by award-winning and emerging authors Shelia Black, Juliana Gray, Maggie Paul, Dan Rosenberg, Barbara Siegel Carlson,  Ariana Sophia Karatsonis and Kyle McCord.

Sheila Black’s books are House of Bone, Love/rag, and Wen Kroy (Dream Horse Press). She co-edited with Jennifer Bartlett and Mike Northen Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011). A 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow, selected by Philip Levine, she lives in San Antonio, Texas where she where she directs Gemini Ink, a literary arts center.

Juliana Gray’s second collection, Roleplay, won the 2010 Orphic Prize and was recently published by Dream Horse Press.  A chapbook, Anne Boleyn’s Sleeve, won the 2013 Winged City Chapbook Press poetry chapbook contest and is forthcoming.  Recent poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from PMS: poemmemoirstory, Measure, 32 Poems, River Styx and elsewhere.  An Alabama native, she lives in western New York and is an associate professor of English at Alfred University.

Maggie Paul is the author of Borrowed World , a collection of poems published by Hummingbird Press, and the chapbook, Stones from the Basket of Others (Black Dirt Press)..  Her work has appeared in several literary journals, including Rattle, Poetry Miscellany, the Drexel University Journal, and Porter Gulch Review. A college writing instructor and educational consultant, Margaret lives in Santa Cruz.

Dan Rosenberg’s first book, The Crushing Organ (Dream Horse Press 2012), won the 2011 American Poetry Journal Book Prize, and his second book, cadabra, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press. A PhD candidate at the University of Georgia, he co-edits the independent poetry journal Transom.

Barbara Siegel Carlson is the author Fire Road (Dream Horse Press, 2013) and the chapbook Between this Quivering (Coreopsis Press).  She is a co-translator with Ana Jelnikar of Look Back, Look Ahead, Selected Poems of Srečko Kosovel (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Her poetry has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, NOR, Asheville Poetry Review, Cutthroat and others. She lives in Carver, MA

Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis’s first book, Intaglio, winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Prize was published in 2006 by Kent State University Press. Her second, The Rub, winner of the Elixir Editor’s Prize is forthcoming in 2014, as is a chapbook: Aloha, Vaudeville Doll from Dancing Girl Press. She enjoys writing with Cynthia Arrieu-King and is very excited to share space with her in By Some Miracle, a Year Lousy with Meteors, winner of the Dreamhorse Chapbook Prize. She lives in Shawnee Hills, Ohio, teaches at Columbus College of Art & Design and serves as the faculty adviser for Botticelli Literary/Art Magazine.

Kyle McCord is the author of four books of poetry including You Are Indeed an Elk, But This is Not the Forest You Were Born to Graze (forthcoming Gold Wake, 2015).  He has work featured in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere.  He’s received grants from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency.  He’s the editor of American Microreviews and Interviews.  He co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry.  He teaches at the University of North Texas in Denton where he runs the Kraken Reading Series.

Posted on Jan 19th, 2014


FONTE Coffee News: Very Limited Offering – Brasil Peaberry Carmo de Minas

By Michele Costanza…bringing you a humorous view on consumer topics in an all-too-serious world

For you coffee aficionados out there, there’s a limited offering of the coveted Brasil Peaberry coffee that everyone’s buzzing about. And when I say limited, I mean they only produced FIVE 132lb bags this year, total, so the race is officially ON to get your hands on some. I’ll make it easy for you…click HERE!  ($18/lb)

Here’s the press release below, for more detailed info:

We’ve known Sergio Dias of Cannan Estate Coffees for over ten years. Sergio and his family co-own and operate JC Coffee Farms out of Carmo de Minas in Brasil’s southern state of Minas Gerias. Cannan Estate is responsible for a large part of JC Farms annual production, and has been in Sergio’s family for over 70 years.

When we first met Sergio he was not exporting coffee to the US. It’s been our pleasure to watch him take the plunge in the US market, and to see his coffees gain the recognition and acceptance they certainly deserve.

In addition to a handful of full container lots that Sergio now brings into the US he has recently added a few microlot offerings, some as small as 5 bags. It is from one of these unique microlots that we get our Brasil Peaberry Carmo de Minas.

Our Brasil Peaberry is a pulped natural coffee, sun dried on patios with some of the fruit left on the heavy outer skin of the seed. Typical of Brasilian coffees generally it is not grown at great altitude.

In the cup Brasil Peaberry excels in displaying the flavors and mouthfeel characteristically developed in softer coffees. Very complete and balanced the medium body has a pleasant oily feel. Brighter than many Brasils, the acidity carries a distinct red fruit flavor that calls to mind early harvest plum. The finish is clean and lightly dry with plenty of cocoa powder notes.

Only five 132 pound bags of Brasil Peaberry Carmo de Minas were produced this year, so this is a very limited offering.

Posted on Jun 28th, 2013


Cafe Fonté Latte Art Competition – May 15th

Head to Head Bracket Style Competition

When: May 15th, 2013, 6-9 pm

Who: Any Coffee Enthusiast!

Where: Café Fonté 1321-1st Avenue, downtown Seattle, across from the Seattle Art Museum

Enter: via Facebook at or Twitter @fontecoffee — please include your name and email address

Registration Deadline: May 15th at 5 pm

Win Cash Prizes: 1st  Place $250
2nd Place $100
3rd  Place $50

Complementary pizza and beverages will be served.

Invite your friends to come cheer you on!

Posted on May 1st, 2013


Café Fonté Receives Nip and Tuck and Watch the SAM Doug Aitken “Mirror” Unveiling

On Monday, March 18 Café Fonté is receiving a nip and tuck that will allow guests to choose their experience and match their timeframe. The Café will close for one day only and reopen at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19.  For that one Café-less day, an espresso cart will shine outside, like a beacon to those in need, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

“Even when partaking in something as social as a cup of coffee or a meal, the world pushes everyone to move faster and accomplish more.  The change will more clearly separate the Café and the coffee bar, allowing quick stops for Fonté coffee lovers on the clock, and adding more seating for those who’ve found the time to sit, sip and savor,” states owner Paul Odom.

Café Fonté has been a distinct destination since 2009, showcasing top coffees from around the globe, market-fresh dishes, charcuterie and cheeses, and  a wide variety of wines and spirits.

And on March 24, Fonté’s neighbor, the Seattle Art Museum, will be hosting a free (with ticket from SAM) street party at 6:30 p.m. along First and Union Streets, celebrating the new Doug Aitken art installation on SAM’s façade. There will be music and food trucks, but more importantly, you can watch the shenanigans all day long from the comfort of Fonté with a latte in hand.

Posted on Mar 14th, 2013


Valentine’s Day 2013 at Café Fonté

Celebrate the love of your life at Café Fonté, as we prepare our three course special Valentine’s Day dinner. We have selected some beautiful wines that will compliment each course, adding to what will be a memorable evening.   Reserve your table now!

Valentine’s Day Menu

{ Prix Fixe Menu $45 per person }

Select one item from each course, please no substitutions
Optional Wine Pairings start at $35 per person



creamy mozzarella, oven roasted tomatoes and basil


baby arugula, comice pear and blu cheese


roasted cauliflower soup, truffle and fresh herbs


oven roasted tomatoes, basil and crème fresh



chef’s selection of cured meats


pate du jour,  local greens and grainy mustard


arborio rice,  fresh mozzarella and spiked marinara



wild mushroom and rabbit sugo


ricotta, fontina, mozzarella, sage and brown butter


caponata and salsa verde


herbed polenta and wilted spinach

Posted on Feb 5th, 2013


Barista Competition – January 28th

Barista Competition

Welcome to Fonté’s Head to Head Bracket Style Latte Art Competition. This will be a fun and exciting competition to show off your works of art!

When: January 28, 2013, 6-9 pm

Who Can Register: Any Coffee Enthusiast!

Where: Café Fonté 1321-1st Avenue, downtown Seattle, across from the Seattle Art Museum

Barista’s Register: via Facebook at or Twitter @fontecoffee — please include your name and email address

Registration Deadline: January 28th at 5 pm

Win Cash Prizes:
1st  Place $250
2nd Place $100
3rd  Place $50

Complementary pizza and beverages will be served.

Invite your friends to come and cheer you on!

Posted on Jan 19th, 2013


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