So…my friend, Megan, told me about Mercury’s a long time ago. Supposedly, their coffee was the BEST. The difficulty was that their locations weren’t super convenient for me. The drive-thru closest to me was the opposite direction from the direction I typically travel, and the one I drove by nearly every day was a walk-in only and I didn’t want the hassle of getting out of the car with my two little guys in tow AND hot coffee.
So, time went by and finally one day I stopped in. It was one of those GLORIOUS days when the kids were at the grandparents house and I had time to myself. I ordered a decaf americano, since I’m trying to reduce the money I spend on coffee these days. She asked if I wanted cream, and I thought, oh how nice, and said “Yeah, that’d be great.” Well…I got back to my car with my hot coffee and it was frothy. My americano with cream was FROTHY??? Why??? How??? What crazy world am I in????? Could she have?….NO…did she?…..OH MY GOSH she DID! She STEAMED the half & half. Not kidding. Steamed it! I took a sip and it was like the heavens opened up and the angels were gathered all around my piping hot frothy beverage singing “haaaaaallelujah”! The fact that she went to the trouble to steam the half & half totally blew me away. I felt so special. And yes, my excitement could have been based partially on the fact that I was without kids, (which pretty much means I danced out of the car like a little fairy, since I was responsible for ONLY myself. I may have been singing a little too), but it was still darned good coffee.
So, next time, I went to the drive-thru instead. Mostly to test this whole steaming thing cause I still really didn’t believe it. Sure enough, she steamed it and actually asked me if I wanted the half & half steamed (like, I guess, some CRAZY people prefer NOT to have it steamed??? What’s wrong with them?). What’s even crazier is that when I said “yes, please” she was SO happy to do it. There was no underlying “geez, this is some high-maintenance crazy lady wanting me to steam her precious half & half.” No. I could actually see the twinkle in her eye as she did it. Like when your Grandma makes you cookies from scratch. It’s a beautiful beautiful thing.
I know I am slightly deranged for being so excited about this, but you NEED to try it. They also give you a free chocolate covered coffee bean, and their espresso beans are shade grown, Fair-Trade, and organic, not to mention incredibly good. So, the walk-in location is in Redmond, across from Whole Foods, and there are drive-thru locations in Woodinville, Fall City, and Redmond by the Albertson’s off of 202. And if you don’t live on the Eastside. Sorry…you are seriously missing out.
I went there once and had the opposite experience. I am glad that they steamed your half and half. They made my coffee and held it by the lid as they were handing it to me. Before I could reach it, they spilled hot coffee ALL over me and inside my car. This happens but she didn't apologize and didn't even offer to give me the coffee for free. I haven't been back since... I am glad that you really like it though. Maybe I'll go back someday...
WOW, what an amazing endorsement! They should pay you for this!
I have always driven by wondering what their coffee was like! I shall stop in tomorrow and test them out!
i had it today.
i LOVED it.
even though the girl working there didn't know her coffee was free trade.
Lisa, just for the record, it's "fair" trade, but I know what you meant. :) ...and I still love you.
It's my favorite place too! They are building a new place in Woodinville at the Hilltop plaza on Woodinville/Duvall road next to the White Stallion. That's even closer to me but I would still drive across town to get thier awesome coffee.
See, I told you that I stalked your blog and now that we are friends I will post comments too :) I live right up the hill from the 202 location and will now make it my regular coffee place if the rumor of the steamed milk is true because an americano with cream is my standard drink and steamed half and half would be awesome! Thanks for a great tip.
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