I first visited Caffe Dei the week that they opened for business last summer so that I could interview owners Shane Siegfried and Shuanna Holt about their cafe, (it was for work but my motivations were purely selfish – I wanted the lowdown on the new [mostly] vegan place!). I sat down and chatted with both and started to understand in that short time that they both genuinely wanted more – in terms of both better coffee and vegan options – for Tacoma. Since then, new roasters have been featured and impeccably crafted espresso beverages have accompanied them. In addition, the food menu has evolved and changed shape many times for the better. Emphasis has moved from focusing mostly on sandwiches to starting to integrate more living and raw foods into the menu, a personal passion of Holt’s. New products, including beer, wine, books, bulk items and homemade snacks (kale chips and raw trail mix, anyone?) have been incorporated and have proven to be a beneficial delight to customers.
It’s no secret that I foster a lot of love for this establishment. There haven’t been many weeks that have passed by since Caffe Dei opened that I haven’t been in at least once, be it for coffee, lunch with a friend, or grabbing a quick breakfast sandwich to go. I can’t single out just one reason why I appreciate this business as much as I do, but rather know that it’s the combination of many factors. I went over a few more reasons as to why it’s a business worthy of your time here, and they all stand the test of time. Clearly, Caffe Dei was an institution that was much needed in Tacoma, and I for one am thrilled that they’re here and thriving.
Those who also appreciate Caffe Dei being a part of the neighborhood can come out to the Vegan BBQ Extravaganza party that they’re throwing in celebration of their first birthday tomorrow night. They held a similar burger/brat BBQ last year and I missed it, and I kicked myself for that for weeks. The burgers looked like they were the size of your head and paired with smoothies, they are the perfect summer treat. They’re bringing them back along with beers, (hooray for liquor licenses!), entertainment and more. Here’s the lowdown from their Facebook event page:
To celebrate us turning 1 AND to get a jump start on the 4th of July, we will be doing a HUGE Vegan BBQ party on the 1st! We will be dishing out HUGE homemade burgers and brats. Throw in some summer fruit smoothies or some beers and call it good! Get a good start to your Friday night with a pre-party BBQ with us. This party will be happening at 5pm-8pm. We will be running beer and other drink specials all night. Throw on your flip flops and get a burger! Invite your friends and let us entertain and feed you! We encourage street poi dancers, hoop performers and perhaps limbo performers (we are serious). Come on down to support one of Tacoma’s only truly animal loving food establishments!
Celebrate the beginning of your holiday weekend by getting in all the vegan BBQ food that you (may) not be getting at the Fourth BBQs you’ll be attending, all while hobnobbing with good people and taking in quality entertainment. See you there!