West Seattle coffee: New owners for Red Cup Espresso

(From left, Breanna, Eric, Samir, and Tricia)
A change of ownership at one of The Junction’s independent coffee shops, Red Cup Espresso. Now-ex-owner Tricia DiBernardo sent the photo above, plus the following note of thanks, as well as an introduction from the new owners:

Hey West Seattle!

Eric and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being supportive and loyal to our business and friends to our family. We have enjoyed this time at Red Cup immensely, but our tides are shifting and we’re moving our pursuits in other directions. It is with a happy heart, we have passed the steam wand over to long time Red Cup barista, Samir and his wife, Breanna. Please continue to support this great business and wonderful couple. See ya around the neighborhood!

Tricia, Eric and Nina

And from the new owners:

Five years ago Breanna and I moved to West Seattle and fell in love with it. Both her Mother and Grandfather have deep roots in the community, and have history throughout the area. When I first began working at Red Cup, i could tell that this is the right place for me. We are both honored to have been passed this torch & are both humbled by the kind words and positive energy sent our way by the neighborhood. She and I are excited to bring a new approach to the cafe experience, and promise to continue to provide top notch service, and delicious beverages. Thank you West Seattle and thank you Tricia, for making both of our dreams a reality. Red Cup, Repra’Zent.

Samir & Breanna Baillie

Not only are Brenna and Samir now entrepreneurs – they’re still relative newlyweds, too.

15 Replies to "West Seattle coffee: New owners for Red Cup Espresso"

  • Colleen October 5, 2011 (9:52 pm)

    YES! I knew Breanna from her barista days on Mercer Island and its an AMAZING coffee she makes. Such an awesome couple!

  • justme October 5, 2011 (11:00 pm)

    Sorry to see you go Tricia and family. Thanks for hosting all the great art shows and making the best darn cappuccinos in town.

    Congrats to the new owners. See you in the future!

  • Cait October 5, 2011 (11:08 pm)

    Woohoo! Go Samir and Breanna! See ya again soon…

  • Robert October 6, 2011 (12:04 am)

    Yayer! Brianna is one of the best baristas I’ve ever met. It’s not just the coffee, you know. Some people have a knack for classy, heartfelt service. Ownership is only a natural progression for her.

    You got my support, of course.

  • matthewdarling October 6, 2011 (12:36 am)

    congrats to samir and breanna!

  • WS Mama October 6, 2011 (6:58 am)

    I heart Red Cup! Congrats to the new owners and good luck and best wishes to Tricia and family.

  • Rhonda October 6, 2011 (8:34 am)

    Congratultions to my niece, Brianna and her husband, Samir! They make a wonderful team and have a heartfelt passion for coffee! Not only will you get great service and awesome coffee, you’ll get a warm smile and feel welcomed every time! I can’t wait to see the new place! :)

  • Irukandji October 6, 2011 (8:34 am)

    Great news all around. Congrats!

  • Kathryn October 6, 2011 (10:33 am)

    Bre and Samir will do a great job I was one of Brianna’s barista’s on Mercer Island and she will rock it she taught me everything I know!

  • Leisa October 6, 2011 (11:04 am)

    Congrats Cute Couple!

  • Michelle Duvall October 6, 2011 (3:23 pm)

    Congratulations to my daughter and son in-law on their new business venture! Both Breanna’s great grandmother’s lived in West Seattle and were avid coffee drinkers and her grandpa was grinding his own beans before it was fashionable! All this to say she has coffee in her blood! What a proud day.

  • luke October 6, 2011 (3:32 pm)

    Tricia and Eric: thanks for always being suuuuuuuuuuuper cool and friendly!


    Samir and Breannna: Please please please please keep the vegan pastries or mighty o doughnuts…. please.

  • flippydingles October 7, 2011 (5:54 pm)

    We love Red Cup, good luck Tricia and fam! But we sure hope the “cookies” for the four legged will still be available at the drive thru with the new ownership. We’ve had to use “let go get coffee and a cookie” at least 2x a week to get the dog out of the house from his warm bed for a morning walk….

  • samir & Breanna October 7, 2011 (8:36 pm)

    WOW! Thank you for all the support West Seattle! Rest assured, we will be keeping all vegan pastries, with more additions to come. Tell you 4 legged pal, the cookies will ALWAYS be available! Stop in when you get the chance and say hi-
    Love Always,
    Samir & Breanna

  • Vicki October 11, 2011 (11:40 pm)

    Eric, and Tricia, we will really miss you and little Nina . Just want to wish both of you the best of luck. Keep up the good work and follow your dreams.I will see ya soon. Love Mom

    Samir, and Breanne,Congratulations keep the Red Cup sign out front because that is the only way I can find it. Keep up the good work. Vicki

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