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 by stocking up on coffee and tea from the Seattle-based Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company: for $15, you get $35 worth of coffee, tea, and other products from Zoka’s online store. This Groupon does not cover shipping, which is free for orders totaling $50 or more.
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. 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, with a 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 Roaster & 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 Roaster & Tea Company was named 2008 Macro Roaster of the Year by Roast magazine. It received positive reviews from the Seattle Coffee Roast and Caffeinated Seattle blogs. More than 130 Yelpers give one of its Seattle locations an average of 3.5 stars, and they give another Seattle-area location a four-star average. Seventy-seven percent of more than 200 Urbanspooners like one of its Seattle locations:
- 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