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Tech Ideas Are Brewing At These 5 Coffee-Crazed Seattle Startups — And Right In Starbucks’ Backyard


Independent coffee shops have always sought to carve out their spot in Seattle and elsewhere against Starbucks’ shop-on-every-corner mentality, whether it was with the flavor of their product or the indie spirit of the business. Today, young companies based in the city are turning to tech to try to match or eclipse what the coffee giant might be up to next.

Whether the technology helps connect more people to craft roasters, order and pay via mobile apps, or do away with the coffee bean altogether, “the little guy” is still brewing up ideas around coffee, tweaking many aspects of how people enjoy Seattle’s most cliché of beverages nearly 50 years after Starbucks began to take the culture to the masses.

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