When you think of what Seattleites drink its probably coffee. Starbucks,Starbucks, and more Starbucks. Starbucks is not just coffee, its an attitude as well. "Look at me! I'm at Starbucks drinking my double tall, non fat, half and half almond espresso latte smoothie. By the way, I just paid $4.50 for a cup of coffee." or something like that. Well Pochi is sort of the exact opposite. Pochi is fun. Pochi is definitely NOT pretentious. And most of Pochi's drinks are cold. And, oddly enough, their drinks sometimes come with little balls at the bottom of it. This is called Bubble Tea. Strange, I know.
For those who are new to bubble tea, it originated in Asia and it started out as tea w/ milk with little tapioca balls at the bottom. However, here in the states it has sort of transformed into many variations. You can get the traditional bubble tea concoction. Or you can get like a frozen smoothie type of drink which is great for hot days. They also offer hot drinks but most don't get tapioca balls in that because they will melt. As for your "add-ins" for the bottom of the drink there is a huge variety of items now if you don't want tapioca balls. A few that I can think of are lychee jelly, pudding, and rainbow jelly.
The environment at Pochi is definitely a young crowd. Loud Asian popmusic plays in the background. Groups of teenagers sit around talking, flirting, or playing games. It's definitely a fun, hip, environment.
If you've never tried Pochi before I recommend you do. It's unlike anything you've ever had here. Oh and don't even bother using the word grande or venti here. There's only 1 size cup - and its big so drink up!