Best Independent Coffee Houses in Puget Sound « CBS Seattle
The big chain coffee shops are well known around the country, but Seattle’s status as coffee capitol is also well known because of its smaller, independent roasters and cafes. Here are some new coffee houses to try, if you haven’t already!
Zoka Coffee & Tea Company
1220 W. Nickerson St.
Seattle, WA 98119
In 1996, University of Washington Alumni Jeff Babcock created Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company. Nestled in the heart of Seattle’s Wallingford District, this vibrant café has become a hub of activity and community, open seven days a week. Thanks to the small-batch roasting of Zoka coffees, homemade baked goods and hand-sourced teas, it’s often hard to find a seat. Now with the third Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea House, Kirkland Zoka, customers have recently been given another chance to settle in with a Zoka cappuccino and scone. The cornerstone concept of the Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company is a focus on the local community. Where other coffeehouses may hurry customers out the door, Zoka invites you to stay, and feel honored when you decide to settle in for a whole afternoon (that’s why Zoka likes to tempt you with free wireless Internet).