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Nathan Hale Sentinel

Meadow Brew

Meadow Brew owner Megan(left) and employees Jeff(middle) and Sheridan(right) pose behind the cafe counter.

Meadow Brew owner Megan(left) and employees Jeff(middle) and Sheridan(right) pose behind the cafe counter.

A blank white board with two light tubes nests above the entrance of Hale’s favorite hang out: the former Cafe Lati. With the new year, the “Cafe Lati” sign has been taken down and a new name is being ushered in: “Meadow Brew.”

Last October the neighborhood cafe was bought by a Nathan Hale alum: Megan Latham (23). Latham graduated from Hale in 2010.

“It’s always been a dream of mine…to own a business of some sort,” Latham said.

After getting her degree in business marketing from Brigham young University-Idaho she answered a help wanted ad to barista at Cafe Lati. She has been working there since 2013.

This fall Latham decided to fulfill her dream and and buy the cafe. As the cafe was named after the former owner, Lati, she decided to change the name as well.

“I grew up in this area, Meadowbrook,” Latham said. Her business is “pretty much just a neighborhood cafe,” so she decided to make the new name, Meadow Brew, correspond with the neighborhood.

In addition to people from around the neighborhood, Meadow Brew caters to students from Nathan Hale High School and Jane Adams Middle School.

With a local clientele, Latham values the support of local businesses. She tries to only sell goods made in the Seattle area. The cafe serves coffee drinks made from Seven Coffee Roasters’ beans in Ballard. Seven Coffee Roasters is a small business which provides coffee to around ten coffee shops in the Seattle area.

“We personally know every single person who works there,” Latham said.

Meadow Brew also sell pastries from Macrina and Little Rae’s bakery. Little Rae’s provides the cafe with bagels from Blazing Bagels and goods from Le Fournil as well–two other Seattle operations.

Framed photographs of birds flying across an open sky and various street scenes line the white walls of Meadow Brew–another community touch.

“I kinda sort out local artists,” Latham said. She changes the display once a month to help promote the work of assorted artists.

With her new ownership, Latham also seeks to diversify the selection in her store.

“We just want more options,” Latham said.

Having more lunch and snack items available for students who come to the cafe is one of her priorities. She also wants to explore more traditional coffee recipes.

“Finding new signature drinks” is one of Latham’s goals. Recently she’s been looking into Italian coffee drinks, such as pouring shots over ice cream.

Bulletproof coffee, a blend of coffee, butter and coconut oil, is known for it’s health benefits and is another possible addition to Meadow Brew’s menu.

“When I was in highschool, if someone told me I was going to own this place…I would have laughed,” Latham said. She encourages students to work hard and stay in school (instead of skipping to visit her cafe) so they can reach their goals faster.

“Then you can have more fun when you’re older,” Latham said with a smile as she sits in her pleasant corner cafe.

Photo by Sylvie Corwin


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