Trabant Chai lounge on 45th is a nice escape from the Starbucks mania. The owners of Trabant pay attention to detail both in cup and atmosphere. The wide variety of chais along with Mexican Hot Chocolate and Yerba Mate keeps you coming back for more day after day. The atmosphere is often home to a few UW students seeking refuge during finals week, but the diverse Ave. gives the patrons of the lounge a great, intriguing atmosphere. The artwork, open mic night, open notebooks free to doodle and write in, and even the computers (free for patrons) gives this Chai Lounge a great, personal feeling. It will soon become your favorite caffeine-stop (see ya Starbucks!).
Also, "chai" means tea, so do not be an annoying newbie and ask for a "chai tea". It's redundant.