Coffee is one of the most popular things to hatch from a bean, aside from fairy-tale beanstalks and Grover Cleveland. Enjoy brewed-bean bliss with today’s Groupon: for $16, you get a chocolate and beverage package (up to a $45.55 total value) at kakao. The package includes:
- One chocolate bar (up to a $6.35 value)
- Eight 12-ounce chocolate, coffee, or tea beverages, customizable with extra flavor, extra shot, and soy or rice milk at no added cost (up to a $4.90 value each).
The aroma of freshly brewed roasts and chocolate wafts through kakao’s spacious, modern interior as baristas pull shots of Seattle-roasted Herkimer coffee to blend with gourmet chocolates from around the world. Local and international chocolates converge in kakao’s collection, where Taza, Amedei, and Seattle-based Moonstruck chocolates mingle with 65 different bars. Mochas start with a choice of a Valrhona or Cordillera drink base, and a barista can turn any bar into a steaming cup of sippable chocolate or turn any wrapper into a silvery headband for small pets. To craft cinnamon-infused mochas, baristas toss cinnamon into their filters before adding espresso so that shots flow through the sweet spice.
Chocolate hot kakaos blend with chipotle powder for added kick, and loose-leaf teas supplied by Miro Tea in Ballard provide soothing hot liquid. Seasonal drinks refresh taste buds with wintry or autumnal flavors in varieties such as maple latte, which baristas pour directly from an uncorked maple tree. In the café’s capacious seating area, exposed ceilings and modern track lighting overlook laptops standing on tables to soak up free WiFi and customers lounging on plush couches.
Named for the Hungarian word for chocolate in what one UPC Times writer calls “a nod to the Slavic history of the neighborhood,” kakao serves café drinks with a local bent and craft chocolate bars from chocolate makers such as Dandelion, Dick Taylor, and Lillie Belle. Baristas draw rich espresso from locally roasted Herkimer coffee beans and steep loose-leaf teas from Miro Tea. They also serve mochas and Ghirardelli and Valrhona hot chocolates—in flavors such as salted caramel or cardamom—from machines that swirl the drinks throughout the day, keeping them ready to pour. Conveniently, kakao complements its warm beverages with pastries from Le Panier and Macrina Bakery.
High ceilings with exposed beams hint at kakao’s warehouse past, but the space's soft track lighting and carefully selected furniture preclude the temptation to drop off a shipment of 10,000 fur coats for storage. Free WiFi also keeps patrons connected to the buzz of the Internet throughout visits.
415 Westlake Ave. N
Seattle, Washington 98109