Is making a pilgrimage to Seattle to visit Starbucks's version of a coffee Disneyland worth it? The short answer is YES. Opened in 2014, only nine blocks from the original location, the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room is a "working roastery connected to a cafe" featuring rare, craft-roasted coffees in an artisanally designed floor space.
If you're a loyal Starbucks coffee drinker, you will completely lose yourself, your sanity, and your savings account if you decide to venture through The Roastery's doors. But even if you're all about local craft coffee like me or, heck, think coffee is coffee, it's really challenging not to be completely swept away by the magical experience. Ready for the long answer? Allow these photos to give you all the reasons you need.