Tacoma Urbanist

Jan. 3, 2011 at 12:01am

Metronome Coffee Makes Tacoma A Little More Hip


Tacomans were very disappointed and surprised when Origin 23 Degrees closed 6 months ago.  The  coffee was great and the business seemed popular.

Enter Metronome Coffee

Metronome Coffee promised to ramp things up a bit promising "...the tempo is about to change."

IMO: Metronome delivers.  Big time.  Rarely, do we see something new in Tacoma which really adds something unique.


The new owners ripped out the counter in the middle of the room vastly improving the Feng Shui of the space. 

New low powered bulbs similar to Pacific Grill now hang over the counter giving the space a warm glow.

The hard wooden chairs have been replaced with comfortable cushioned ones.

Masa like garage doors have replaced many of the walls allowing the area to be opened in the summer.

They now look like they are serious about serving beer and wine and have the setup to do so.

There are at least four types of pancakes one can order which are cheap, fast and good.

The Result

With a minimalistic sheik design and steam punk attire for employees, Metronome delivers.  They have a Jedi barista owner overseeing coffee and even have their own pancake machine.

Reminds me of some of the coffee shops in Fremont and Capital Hill.  Something to take your out of town friends to. If there is something I would change, it would be to add some art to warm the place up a bit.

Overall, a class act and a unique contribution to the 6th Avenue coffee scene.

Here are few shots:

Metronome Coffee 6th Ave and Union

comments [6]  |  posted under tacoma


by Erik on 1/3/2011 @ 12:31am
From the Tacoma Weekly:


by Nick on 1/3/2011 @ 10:32am
Very exciting - I always found Firehouse (I still called it that) to brew sub-par coffee. I used to still go on occasion because of the location and the atmosphere was decent. (Though mandolin tended to win out on that contest more often than not).

Looking forward to frequenting this one, now the closest neighborhood corner caffeine dealer ;-)

by fredo on 1/3/2011 @ 10:39am
Last time I saw pancakes that size was in the movie Gulliver's Travels.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/3/2011 @ 11:10am
I always like to keep up with what is hip, particularly in Tacoma. Sadly I'm about hip enough to just about get my coffee at Dunkin Donuts.

by fredo on 1/3/2011 @ 11:18am
crenshaw, I'm with you. in my book hip can mean one of two things. new business with kooky decor and attitude, or populated by patrons with pierced faces and those big plastic inserts in their ear lobes.

by captiveyak on 1/3/2011 @ 1:22pm
Fredo - big plastic inserts in the earlobes are only worn by those who quit paying attention to countercultural fashion in 2005. Thus, such jewelry is actually a sign of adulthood, assimilation or lack of proper attention to detail. Or marijuana. In any case, do not trust their fashion advice.