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Best coffee house: Anthem Coffee

Writer's pick: Best of Tacoma 2017

The welcoming atmosphere at Anthem Coffee includes a wraparound bar where you can chat it up with the baristas. Photo credit: Marguerite Cleveland

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Coffee is never hard to find in the Pacific Northwest, and Tacoma is no exception. A quick cup of Joe can be found on nearly every street corner.  Sometimes, however, we need a little more.  Sure, we need a good cup of coffee -- but we also need friendly service, a welcoming atmosphere and some good eats to go with it. 

Located in the heart of downtown Tacoma across from the UW Tacoma campus, you'll find Anthem Coffee.    

The coffee is Dillanos, a local favorite roasted in Sumner that uses a collection of coffee beans from around the globe to create a truly decadent brew.  Featured drinks include favorite espresso selections like cappuccinos and lattes as well as a Black and White mocha, which combines dark and white chocolates to compliment the rich coffee.  There are a few iced treats available as well, like the sweetened Shakarato or the Grown Ups Chocolate Milk, which is a cold-brewed version of the Black and White mocha.

Located between the Washington State History Museum and Union Station, Anthem Coffee has plenty of windows for catching local scenery or just people watching.  Anthem invites you to "experience heroic hospitality" on each visit, and they back it up with quick and friendly service where you are certain to feel welcome.

Grab a treat to go with your coffee when you visit.  Fresh pastries are made daily at the Anthem Coffee shop in Puyallup.  Choose between scones, muffins or cookies, or grab a full breakfast of black bean hash or a sausage wrap.

The final element that cannot be overlooked is the sense of community.  At Anthem Coffee, you'll find an atmosphere that mirrors the diverse community that is Tacoma.  Whether you're a college student, a tourist, a local hipster or a teacher looking to kill some time over the summer, the eclectic design is comfortable for all.

Anthem Coffee delivers on all aspects of a good community coffee shop in Tacoma.  The community feel, friendly service and great coffee make for a coffee shop worthy of the distinction of best coffee shop in Tacoma.

Anthem Coffee, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays to Fridays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 1911 Pacific Ave. 253.572.9705,

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