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 between the following two options:
- For $5, you get $10 worth of in-store purchases at one of Zoka's three Washington locations.
- For $15, you get $35 worth of coffee and tea products from Zoka’s online store.
Winner of Roast magazine's 2008 Macro Roaster of the Year, Zoka brewmasters travel throughout Africa, Asia, and South America in search of the richest coffee deposits. 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 head-banging 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 versatile single-origin bean: Guatemala Ayarza Coffee ($14, 12 oz.), a cinnamon-scented chocolatey coffee from the Lake Ayarza region that packs a citrus acidity and creamy mouthfeel. To keep your sweet tooth from eating its young, pick up the Espresso Paladino ($11, 12 oz.) 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, 4 oz.). Whether experienced via fiber optics or reality, Zoka'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 has been featured in Seattle Coffee Roast and Caffeinated Seattle. More than 120 Yelpers give the Greenlake location an average of 3.5 stars, and more than 80 give the Kirkland location a four-star average.