Is there a more fortuitous time for a flower-focused coffeehouse to open than the day before Valentine’s Day? Silbia Lee worked as a florist in Korea and packaged six years of Seattle barista experience, opening Bia Coffee with business partner Moses Choi in Koreatown.
The glass-fronted space features grey walls, wood tables and counter, and stools chairs that resemble sea urchins. Klatch coffee beans help to fuel a Nuova Simonelli two-group espresso machine and cold brew. Really, though, it’s Lee’s creative rose and lavender drinks that star.
The coffee bar’s signature Bia Latte ($5.40) utilizes a choice of house-made lavender, rose or vanilla syrup. Depending on your mood, and the weather, hot and cold preparations are possible. I opted for a cold lavender latte featuring distinct layers of lavender syrup, whole milk and espresso served over ice and garnished with floral culinary-grade lavender and acai powder. Stir to integrate and balance the flavors.