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Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Co

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2200 N 56th St
Seattle, WA 98103
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(206) 545-4277
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Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Co - Seattle, WA
Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Co - Seattle, WA
Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Co - Seattle, WA
Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Co - Seattle, WA

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Best

Atmosphere is good and relaxing. Good strong coffee and some of the best scones I've had (they usually run out by 11AM) you get an hour of free internet. My only gripe is it can...

Worst

Friends who live a block from this store told me it was the best coffee in Seattle. Still on East Coast time, I arrived at 6 AM on Saturday and ordered a large latte. I was the ...

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Good Coffee Ok service 1/3/2012

Good coffee and one of the best scones I've had but it took over 5 minutes for the Barista to make an americano. No thank you for the wait, etc... I'll give them another try. more

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Good hang out 10/25/2011

Atmosphere is good and relaxing. Good strong coffee and some of the best scones I've had (they usually run out by 11AM) you get an hour of free internet. My only gripe is it can get a bit crowded and hard to find a seat sometimes. more

Good for lounging and business 9/23/2011

Good coffee and atmosphere, remember to ask for Internet code. more

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Bring your laptop @ night! 3/25/2007

@ Either location: Bring your laptop (preferably a MacBook) after 5:00 or feel quite out of place! Zoka's is packed with students almost EVERY night and bikers & soccer moms in the morning. Excellent atmosphere, FANTASTIC coffee, mediocre service (maybe it's due to the lack of tips @ night!). Their pastries are incredible. ...Oh, and avoid UW, SU, or SPU's finals weeks AT ALL COSTS! more

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Looking for a chill hangout spot 4/24/2006

Zoka's is not good for everyone. I'm sure there are plenty of people who hate the fact that some folks buy a drink and camp out here, but not I. Just the place I am looking for. Whether you need a place to study, or play a game, Zoka's is a great spot to come and chill for a bit. They even have games available for your pleasure. Be warned, service can sometimes take a while. Be prepared to wait for a table if you're coming during rush hours. However, do check out the little chocolate silk tarts. Oh so good. Their chocolate silk pie is the larger version. You may find yourself a bit jittery after that indulgence. more

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Insanity! 4/13/2006

This place is absolutely swarming! I am always daunted to even go in judging by the mass amounts of shining laptops, stacked-high books, and yellow notebooks all around. As a student, I tend to study in coffee shops a lot; I do not mind the noise but rather welcome it. However, Zoka is way too busy even for me! The free wifi is great and the tables are study and big, but having to wait fifteen minutes just to find a cramped seat amidst so many others just isn't worth it, in my opinion, especially when you have a heavy back-pack weighing you down. The coffee, needless to say, is a great escape from the Starbucks and Tullys brands. The baristas actually seem to enjoy their jobs as opposed to some of the mopier chain coffee shop attendees. They can sling coffee like it's nobodys business! Great service, great coffee, just too popular! Try to go in the off hours from 7-8 at night. The night-owls start to trickle in around 9 with their laptops. more

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Zoka--Cozy Coffee Shop 4/7/2006

On a normal work day I always frequent Starbucks. But on the weekends, one of my favorite place to go to is Zoka. It is located in Green Lake, a bit hard to find but definitely worth the search. I love how they roast their own coffee and their pastry is also really good. I used to study here all the time. Unlike Starbucks, who charges for Internet service, Zoka provides free Internet! The only thing is it's really crowded when school is in session, so you might have to wait for tables. Otherwise, it's definitely worth a visit. I also like their coffee too. It doesn't have that burnt taste to it like Starbucks does. I'm not saying I don't like Starbucks, I love the experience and the customer service, I just prefer something different on the weekends. Highly recommended! more

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UW Zoka 4/5/2006

One of the coffee shops to hang out in around the UW is Zoka. It's got a pretty cool vibe, good coffee, good food, and free wireless. They recently expanded their space and added a second coffee bar and sitting area with a fireplace. While it's often crowded with UW students, particularly at night, it doesn't have that same overfull and loud feeling of the U Village Starbucks. Instead the crowd is mellower and a little more friendly - need a seat at the big table but don't know anyone? No sweat just pull up a chair, say hi and you're in. more

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Have a Zoka Mocha 3/16/2006

I like their raspberry mocha shakes, though they are addictive. The sweetness and tartness mix and mellow with ice cream to form something complex and potently flavorful, yet not abrasive. In my opinion it's certain death for diabetics, in the manner that a Venus fly trap kills flies. So if you lack willpower, don't try it, and stick to their many fine beverages, prepared by some of the best trained baristas in the country. Their pastries are good, but their coffee is great. more

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The coffee is fine but the service is awful 1/5/2006

The nice thing about Zoka is that there is plenty of room to hang out. Also, the coffee is pretty good and I wouldn't say that about just any place. On the other hand, I've never had to wait so long for a coffee drink to be prepared. I've only been there twice so maybe it was bad luck, but jeez, it's just a latte. more

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Great Coffee & People Watching. 12/31/2005

MUCH better coffee than the airport, and plenty of interesting people swinging through or sitting and talking. This is not a coffeeshop to visit if you want to relax quietly with a book. Laptops dot about 60% of the tables...and yah, plenty of students studying (free wifi of course). But in spite of the crowds, it's a great place for meeting up with friends or just sitting and reading the paper. I usually always find a seat by the time my drink is ready. Zoka's music selection is always great too (from Shins to Postal Service to Iron & Wine to Vanderslice...) Their coffee quality/consistency is in the 8/10 range and beats most places around town with the exception of Lighthouse and Vivace (and maybe a couple others on capitol hill). For the Greenlake area, this is definitely a better place to go than Peets or Starbucks. They also have a exceptional selection of mugs, coffee, and accessories (grinders, etc.). And as mentioned, their loose-leaf tea selection is very nice. more

best place for night owls 12/31/2005

Grab a book, a friend, a board game or all of the above and head over to Zoka for some late night lounging. One of the few coffee shops open until midnight....often crowded but always a spare seat somewhere. Reminds me of the long-lost Honey Bear Bakery a half a block away (now Tangleton pub) (sigh) but unfortunately the pastries aren't as good as H.B.'s were! Staff is always friendly and lounging for a few hours is never a problem. Sweet caffiene dreams for an insomniac.... more

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good food, too crowded 12/29/2005

pros: great food, drinks, staff cons: always filled with lousy college students more

Great Coffee and Atmosphere 12/16/2005

My husband and I have fallen in love with this little coffee shop chain from Seattle. On our most recent visit to Seattle, we went here twice and now we order all of their coffee through mail order on their website. Shipping is fairly reasonable. Our relatives that live in Seattle said that this is the anti-Starbucks coffee shop. They pride themselves on having top of the line baristas, free Wi-Fi in the store, and a quaint atmosphere. This is a definite must-stop next time you are in Seattle. more

Great coffee...workaholic atmosphere 11/28/2005

The coffee is really the best in Seattle. But to enjoy it there, you may have to wedge yourself in between laptops. more

Go Elsewhere 10/25/2005

Considering the plethora of great coffee joints in Seattle, this place is one to avoid. The coffee is mediocre at best, the crowds are huge (even on weekdays), and the wi-fi connectivity is very spotty. I live blocks away from Zoka's but choose to walk elsewhere because of these issues. Good luck finding an empty table, let alone an outlet for your laptop. more

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Love this place, love this idea 10/24/2005

great idea - great place. my wife and i spend at least one night a week there, now i have a reason to stop by on tuesday mornings too... more

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Loose leaf teas by Greenlake 10/14/2005

I know you can purchase loose leaf teas at Zoka. The have a large selection of teas including green. I'm more of a fan of their coffee. Their baristas usually win the world barista championships and I assume their tea is on par. If you go, don't be in a hurray. Everything is great quality, but apparently quality takes time. more

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Best Coffee Joint in Seattle 10/7/2005

Zoka is quintessentially Seattle. If there was one place to go and get a real slice of Seattle life, this is the place. You'll usually find twenty-something students camped out at one of the sturdy, wooden tables, with pods in their ears, thumbing through ridiculously expensive college textbooks. There are also other random people pecking away at the latest chapter of their novel on a laptop. Weekend nights usually boast a loud music act, so don't bank on getting a lot of studying done if you like it quiet. Also, it can be a rather popular locale for young families during the days. Despite its bustling activity and busy ambiance, this isn't the kind of place where you go to meet strangers and get phone numbers. This is the kind of place you go to with a friend to study or read. That's what makes this so quintessentially Seattle: there are great coffee and treats with a cold and studious clientèle. more

Busy but worth it! 9/24/2005

Zoka's is usually really packed with laptop users and students cramming for exams. If you are wanting a place to chat with friends, you might get some dirty looks from those who are studying or working. Tell them to get over it and let them know where the nearest library is! They make great hot cider and cocoa (I'm not a coffee drinker, but I hear their coffee is really good, too.) Homebaked goodies won't disappoint, especially their pies. Weekend nights there is often (loud) entertainment. This is a great neighborhood place! more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    The laptop-to-person ratio is extremely high, as students and computer-toting professionals camp out at the cozy tables for hours, drinking coffee and frantically typing. The...

  • 5/30/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    6 a.m.-midnight, daily
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Wallingford, Lake Union

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