Until public-transit officials make our dream of commuting to work by rollycoaster a reality, we'll have to settle for the adrenaline rush of traditional pick-me-ups. Percolate perkiness with today's Groupon: stock up on coffee, tea, and more at Zoka Coffee Roasters & Tea Company with your choice of two deal types:
- For $5, you get $10 worth of in-store purchases at one of Zoka Coffee's three Washington locations.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of coffee and tea products from Zoka’s online store.
Winner of Roast magazine's 2008 Macro Roaster of the Year, Zoka has its brewmasters travel throughout Africa, Asia, and South America in search of the richest coffee deposits. And in-store customers get to sample them all, whether cuddling up with a 12-ounce mocha ($4) inside the dark-wooded walls of Zoka's Greenlake District location, having an intellectual debate with a muffin ($2.50) at the student-filled University of Washington location, or headbanging to the new Slayer espresso machine in the heart of Kirkland. Zoka's pro-level baristas make sure each cup of java juice is fresh and potent by serving it mere minutes after it's roasted, rather than minutes after it's emerged zombie-like from a vacuum-packed plastic tomb. Otherwise, indulge in a pot of tea ($4.25) paired with a scone ($2.50), or find a heartier, bread-based drinking buddy in a breakfast sandwich ($5). Each Zoka location treats customers to two hours of free WiFi and assorted Internet skateboarding.
Those who prefer to indulge in their pleasures online can sample Zoka’s flavors via its online store, including the café's signature dark-bean distillate: Bolivia Central Cup of Excellence Coffee ($24 per 12-ounce bag), a jasmine and cherry-scented "pinot noir of coffee" from the Yungas region that ends in a cinnamon finish. To keep your sweet tooth from eating its young, pick up the Espresso Paladino ($11 per 12-ounce bag) coffee for its honeyed cornucopia of walnuts, caramel, and cocoa flavors. Tea-timers, meanwhile, can browse Zoka's herbal tea varieties, such as the stress-obliterating organic chamomile tea ($8.75 per quarter-pound bag). Whether experienced via fiber optics or reality, Zoka Coffee Roasters & Tea Company's abundance of delicious coffees and teas will keep you awake long enough to finish your thesis on the effects of sleep deprivation.
Zoka Coffee Roasters & Tea Company was named Macro Roaster of the Year in 2008 by Roast magazine. It received positive reviews from the Seattle Coffee Roast and Caffeinated Seattle blogs. More than 120 Yelpers give the North 56th Street location an average of 3.5 stars, and more than 80 give the Northeast Blakeley Street location a four-star average. Yelpers also give a 3.5-star average to the Kirkland location. Seventy-seven percent of more than 200 Urbanspooners recommend the 56th Street location.
- Since Zoka roasts in house, I had high expectations. I wasn't disappointed. These baristas turn out a wonderful cup of coffee. – Mike Rupp, Seattle Coffee Roast
- Zoka’s attention to detail is reflected in its coffees. Roast’s panel of cuppers evaluated three submissions from Zoka for the Macro Roaster of the Year category, with its Panama Hacienda la Esmeralda Especial earning an outstanding 93.38 average score (best in its class). – Rivers Janssen, Roast
- The drinks are bountiful and snacks are delicious. – Hunter R., Yelp
- Zoka is super cool. Loose leaf tea is delicious. – Thomas B., Yelp