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August 31, 2010 at 7:21am


Caffe Dei sits on Sixth Avenue in the same building as Gateway to India.

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Neighborhood: Sixth Avenue, Tacoma

Address/phone: 2607 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.2550

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Noshing/Sipping: Vegans, rejoice! Finally, a coffee joint for the fan of Tofurky and baked potato loaf in all of us. Shuanna Holt and Shane Siegfried's Caffe Dei is a combination espresso bar/cafe/neighborhood hang that offers breakfast sandwiches, bagels and spreads, soups, and sandwiches - some vegetarian, some vegan, some gluten-free and all of them are super-delicious - including a killer grilled cheese (cheddar and pepperjack) on baked potato bread. They carry the Mighty-O organic donut out of Seattle in French toast, lemon poppyseed, chocolate cake, blueberry and glazed.

They also happen to makes some of the best espresso drinks around - with healthy ingredients in interesting combinations, then saddled with funny names such as Sasquatch (when Americano meets cappuccino), Arancione Moka (espresso, dark Dutch chocolate, steamed sweetened condensed milk and orange zest) and Abominus (four espresso shots over sweetened condensed milk). Thai coffee, Vietnamese coffee, exotic teas, steeped drinks that includes chrysanthemum flavors, root beer and Izze drinks don the menu board, too.

Standard Cup o' Joe: $1.25-$2

Bean Source: True North Coffee (Seattle) AND Ipsut Creek Roasters (Tacoma) - try them both or combine them, maybe like a waterfall shot drink. Oh, nice.

Crowd: Neighborhood friends, UPS students, writers, wandering gypsies

Soundtrack: The Cardigans, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

WiFi: Yes

Bonus Points: Um, Vegan! Plus aromatic spices meet espresso, all sandwiches come with Kettle chips, draw curtain in front of couch for making out, local art (this month Ann Kendall), Macrina bakery goods (delicious!), reading material, jewelry, and the owners are just cool.

The House:

Whatever mood you're in (and coffee drinkers tend to be a moody lot), odds are you'll feel comfortable at Café Dei. Light or dark. Indoors or out. Manic or depressive. Take your pick and you'll be fine.

Out front underneath the tree, there's minimal seating for watching the theater that is Sixth Avenue. Inside, it's deep, sober with concrete floors and gray walls. Up front by the makeout couch, the large windows allow ample light for focused study or a leisurely reading of the Weekly Volcano, while the back darkens up a bit, perfect for overexposing slide film or contemplative hangover recovery. Wooden tables and chairs dot the large space with modern light fixtures above. Huge speakers give hope.

The joint also receives high marks for opening on Sundays.

No animals were harmed or eaten in the writing of this article.

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Deb said on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:04am

Had the Arancione Moka and it was just delightful. Perfect for a warm Tacoma day on ice. Very warm atmosphere and I will be heading back over to Caffe Dei VERY soon.

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Nat said on Sep. 01, 2010 at 11:07am

The food is fabulous & I'm a meat eater! The sandwiches create mouth orgasms! I swear that that's the best sausage patty I've ever had in a breakfast sandwhich & they swear it's not meat! I've been trying all the drinks and so far addicted! I lived on the East coast when lattes were just coming over & people were saying they were 'watered down coffee.' They wouldn't have said that if Dei was there! They also have options like Soy & Hemp Milk for those of us who have restrictions/allergies. The "ahimsa" (I believe that's the chrysanthemum tea latte with honey) instantly took my nausea away the other day besides tasting absolutely wonderful! Neither the organic donuts nor the icing on the cupcakes kill my stomac like every other one out there does (ok, might have to not like them for that! :-) ) A friend who really needs to get off the milk & sugar in her coffee (a particular health reason) & can't seem to, tried their bag of beans & was able to for the first time ever! I could go on & on can you tell? I love the owners & I LOVE THEIR COFFEE!!!!

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Studio 6 said on Sep. 01, 2010 at 11:09am

Everyone loved them in the last Progressive Dinner! Everyone got to graze over sample sizes of most of what they had. We're having them back in the last 2010 6th ave Progressive Dinner, Saturday October 23!

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Deidre said on Sep. 02, 2010 at 1:23pm

Love, love the Costa Rica. I'm on my second 1lb bag. It's so smooth and I don't have to put sugar in it.

Yes, the sausage patty is CRAZY FAB! I swear it was real meat.

Thank you Caffe Dei for being part of the Progressive dinner. The cupcakes and sandwiches were yummy too. ☺

Shuanna and Shane are the nicest. Love the way they explain all they have. KUDDOS!

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