I grew up in a small town. No stop light, no local government other than Highway Patrol, but it had a small coffee shop, which is where I pulled my first shot of espresso. As such, few things excite me more than hearing about quality coffee shops popping up in unlikely locations. I first became aware of Maxwell Mooney through his incredible latte art pictures on social media. Later, I met him in person on the barista competition circuit. Even in the context of a competition he’s the afffable sort of barista that makes a lot of friends. When I heard Maxwell was opening his own shop I wasn’t surprised, but I was excited. I also knew I wanted to know more. So I caught up with Maxwell and asked him a few questions about Narrative Coffee, the newest place to get coffee in Everett, Washington.
Tell us about Narrative Coffee. Is it a café? A pop-up?
Narrative Coffee is currently living as an outdoor pop-up coffee bar in the downtown core of a small city called Everett, WA. I’ve been pursuing a proper brick-and-mortar location, but I don’t want to land just anywhere. The opportunity came up to post up in a busy city park that functions as the courtyard of the Everett Performing Arts Center and that seemed like too good of an opportunity to pass up, so here we are!
What’s the significance of the name?
Before I worked in coffee, I was a serious home coffee enthusiast. Forums, espresso machines, restorations, home roasting, you know, the whole deal. Like many home roasters, I had friends reach out to me and ask if they could purchase coffee from me. …