New West Seattle business: Moondrop Coffee & Tea is open

(WSB photo: David and Vanessa at Moondrop Coffee and Tea)
One month ago, we mentioned that long-for-sale Alki Juice and Java at 1619 Harbor Ave. SW across from Seacrest had a new owner and a new name – Moondrop Coffee and Tea. After several weeks of closure for renovations and setup, Moondrop is now officially open. Proprietor David Livingood tells WSB they’ll be open 7 am-6 pm weekdays, 9 am-6 pm weekends for starters, during the fall/winter, likely opening earlier and closing later during the warm months. Before stopping by for a photo this morning, we had exchanged e-mail with him, and here’s how he explained Moondrop’s mission:

We offer an assortment of beverages (espresso, tea, milk tea, juices/smoothies) as well as breakfast, lunch, and snack/dessert items. Some of our food items include waffles (plain w/honey butter, salted caramel, chocolate banana), bagels, sandwiches (avocado tuna, chicken pesto, salami cream cheese, hummus lettuce tomato, PB&H), homemade banana/zucchini bread, vegan cheesecake, and parfaits (all-fruits, salted caramel, chocolate decadence).

Our roaster is a company called Grounds for Change. They are a certified organic coffee roaster specializing in 100% fair trade coffee that is also grown in shaded conditions.

They’re serving tea from The Art of Tea. Livingood is a 2013 UW graduate who explains, “I have lived in both the U.S. and Japan and have helped run/manage coffee shops, bars, and restaurants during my time(s) in Japan. I’ve also founded a couple of tech startups as a mobile applications developer which was primarily during the boom of the iPhone & iPad (2009-2013).” Moondrop’s website is in the works; for starters, they’re on Facebook.

13 Replies to "New West Seattle business: Moondrop Coffee & Tea is open"

  • Jennifer October 27, 2014 (4:15 pm)

    Welcome! Best of luck to your business!

  • WSobserver October 27, 2014 (5:03 pm)

    Sounds very tasty and I wish them every success.

  • Bill on Duwamish Head October 27, 2014 (5:22 pm)

    See you tomorrow!!!

  • kumalavula October 27, 2014 (6:05 pm)

    nice to know! the dog and i walk by there once, sometimes twice, a day! this’ll give us an excuse to come in and check it out.

  • shed22 October 27, 2014 (7:19 pm)

    Love the space, menu, and logo. Looking forward to trying your teas. See you there!

  • seatownsports October 27, 2014 (8:04 pm)

    Had a chance to stop by today. Needless to say I was very impressed. I don’t say this about many places, but it was truly a unique one-of-a-kind ambience

  • NT October 27, 2014 (9:07 pm)

    It looks beautiful! I’m coming by soon.

  • Anonymous October 28, 2014 (8:21 am)

    Awesome! We’ll have to come check it out either this weekend or the next :)

  • Jennifer October 28, 2014 (8:41 am)

    Thank you for having Vegan options! :)

  • junctioneer October 28, 2014 (8:51 am)

    Looks like a cool place! Hope it does well, seems to me like that would be a tough location.

  • alkiobserver October 29, 2014 (12:20 pm)

    Liked the other iterations of this place and owners seem nice with good ideas, but customer parking pretty much stinks now that a couple of white cars are beached in the loading zone out front all day….Been by a couple of times since they opened and the same cars are there all day. Just not convenient to get in and out like it used to.

  • Thomas M. October 29, 2014 (7:06 pm)

    Hooray for hummus! Got any tofu? Across from the rentals and the water taxi, and all those scuba people should be a good location. That’s also a happy place for many dogs… and their caffeine addicted owners. I will be there.

  • Alki Res October 30, 2014 (11:34 am)

    Glad my favorite location is open again. For years Bubbles and J&J have been a morning destination. It is half way on my 5 mile walk. Great redecorating job!

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