A New Take on a Classic Capitol Hill Café
Fuel Coffee on 19th
This reimagined café interior merges two well-loved Seattle brands into one vibrant, cozy, and welcoming space.
On 19th Avenue East — the quiet side of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood — Fuel Coffee has been a mainstay for coffee and tea lovers alike. When the brand was acquired by the owners of another principal Capitol Hill café, Ada’s Technical Books & Café, Fuel’s location on 19th Ave was transformed. The interior space was entirely reimagined to celebrate the vibrant and energetic Fuel Coffee brand while incorporating the homey and cozy elements of Ada’s.
Like Ada’s up the hill on 15th Avenue East, Fuel on 19th is now home to a collection of sci-fi, fantasy, and STEM books to both peruse and purchase. Located near the rear of the café, the bookshelves extend past the coffee bar, inviting patrons deeper into the space. While visually interesting, the bookshelves also act as a backdrop to a natural waiting area and the condiment station, where even to-go customers have a chance to explore new titles.
For-here customers have the option to relax along one of two booths with freestanding tables and chairs for a variety of seating configurations. The more public row of seating to the north connects directly to the activity of the café while the more private seating to the south (protected by the book display creating a protected nook) offers an intimate space for focused work or quiet conversation. This purposeful juxtaposition highlights the dueling nature of the café: a space for lively interaction and reflective contemplation alike.
Throughout, a sophisticated and cool color palette is accented by playful patterns. At the ordering counter, bright blue tile stands out against the primarily white space. Below the counter, the same tile is repeated but in negative, for a subtle repetition of pattern and shape. In the book nook, geometric wallpaper adds an understated interest without detracting from the relaxing atmosphere. Bright and breezy, the space offers guests the quintessential, comfy Seattle coffee experience with a fresh and lively vibe.
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