Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company

★★★☆☆

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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 only customer at the counter so service was prompt, however I received a cup that was the size of a Starbucks small that felt light. $4.22 for a cup with a small amount of espresso and steamed milk. The taste was good but I felt ripped off. Not a good value.

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★★☆☆☆

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 only customer at the counter so service was prompt, however I received a cup that was the size of a Starbucks small that felt light. $4.22 for a cup with a small amount of espresso and steamed milk. The taste was good but I felt ripped off. Not a good value.

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The first few times I went to the Zoka Roaster's by UVillage (uw campus), it was lovely, great lattes, best americanos tasted, great for sitting with small study group.... Then, for personal circumstances, I didn't go for a year, and visited again---- twice, perhaps three times. What happened to their coffees? And baristas were pretty rude, different from last time. Did management change? The ice-maker or fridge in the UVillage branch has been broken forever; coffees are dilute, lattes aren't the same; pricey as always... I would recommend going to Bauhaus Books&Cafe or Espresso Vivace instead for better taste, affordable price. I hope the Greenlake branch is better... haven't been there, and sadly unmotivated to.

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★★☆☆☆

The first few times I went to the Zoka Roaster's by UVillage (uw campus), it was lovely, great lattes, best americanos tasted, great for sitting with small study group.... Then, for personal circumstances, I didn't go for a year, and visited again---- twice, perhaps three times. What happened to their coffees? And baristas were pretty rude, different from last time. Did management change? The ice-maker or fridge in the UVillage branch has been broken forever; coffees are dilute, lattes aren't the same; pricey as always... I would recommend going to Bauhaus Books&Cafe or Espresso Vivace instead for better taste, affordable price. I hope the Greenlake branch is better... haven't been there, and sadly unmotivated to.

Pros: used to be good...

Cons: pricey, limited food selection, mean baristas; seating is horrible!!! there's absolutely nowhere to sit!!

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great coffee and delicious food to choose from. free tall coffee when you purchase beans. can be a little crowded but if you can find a table it's a great place to grab a book and enjoy your coffee.

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★★★★☆

great coffee and delicious food to choose from. free tall coffee when you purchase beans. can be a little crowded but if you can find a table it's a great place to grab a book and enjoy your coffee.

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Zoka defines the Seattle coffee scene. You can't really beat their beans, their shots are right on, and they have great foam. There is also no better office away from the office than a good Zoka simply humming with productivity. Shazam!

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★★★★☆

Zoka defines the Seattle coffee scene. You can't really beat their beans, their shots are right on, and they have great foam. There is also no better office away from the office than a good Zoka simply humming with productivity. Shazam!

Pros: They pull like they mean it

Cons: Sometimes they act like they know how good they are

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Their traditional cappucino is just right! It's closer to what most baristas call a dry cappucino, so it's more foam than milk.

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★★★★★

Their traditional cappucino is just right! It's closer to what most baristas call a dry cappucino, so it's more foam than milk.

Pros: free wifi; good ambiance; great espresso

Cons: can get busy

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Today I made my official last ever visit to Zoka. They serve great coffee, but the service and the environment have finally become too much for me.

After waiting in a line that stretched almost to the door, I made it to the counter, where I was snippily informed I could not order espresso there, just coffee. Um, OK. So I ordered a pastry and kept waiting in line until I reached the register where they deigned to accept my coffee order.

The thing that always has driven me nuts about this place is the fact that the employees act like doing their jobs is doing you a huge favor. Pleasantries such as "good morning" and "thank you" are greeted with stony silence by the sullen kids working here. I ordered and paid for my coffee, regretting the tip I left as soon as I put it in the jar, and then waited for my coffee.

When my coffee was ready, it had pretty leaf design in the foam, but it was in a mug instead of to go as I had ordered it. When I told this to the barista, she stared at me blankly and said "Oh," until I said it was OK to pour it into a paper cup. No apology or anything. Why ask whether I want the coffee to go if you're not going to make it that way?

So, my coffee was slopped into a paper cup, and after spending 20 minutes getting coffee, I was on my way for good. The coffee here is amazing but I'm no longer willing to put up with the wait, snotty staff, and annoying fellow customers.

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★★☆☆☆

Today I made my official last ever visit to Zoka. They serve great coffee, but the service and the environment have finally become too much for me.

After waiting in a line that stretched almost to the door, I made it to the counter, where I was snippily informed I could not order espresso there, just coffee. Um, OK. So I ordered a pastry and kept waiting in line until I reached the register where they deigned to accept my coffee order.

The thing that always has driven me nuts about this place is the fact that the employees act like doing their jobs is doing you a huge favor. Pleasantries such as "good morning" and "thank you" are greeted with stony silence by the sullen kids working here. I ordered and paid for my coffee, regretting the tip I left as soon as I put it in the jar, and then waited for my coffee.

When my coffee was ready, it had pretty leaf design in the foam, but it was in a mug instead of to go as I had ordered it. When I told this to the barista, she stared at me blankly and said "Oh," until I said it was OK to pour it into a paper cup. No apology or anything. Why ask whether I want the coffee to go if you're not going to make it that way?

So, my coffee was slopped into a paper cup, and after spending 20 minutes getting coffee, I was on my way for good. The coffee here is amazing but I'm no longer willing to put up with the wait, snotty staff, and annoying fellow customers.

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I hate Zoka. Okay, let me back up. They're at the top in terms of espresso/coffee quality and have probably the best cafe menu next to Essential Bakery (great paninis, pastries, grilled sandwiches and salads) but what the other reviewers have said is true: the service is tepid (it really makes you appreciate the Starbuck's cheeriness even is their coffee's sub par); although no one's been rude to me. And OMG - try to get a table this year! It'll never happen. They need to start taking reservations or have a time-limit per cup of coffee like Cafe Lladro does. For this reason whenever anyone says "let's go to Zoka" I say "NEVER!" Want free wireless, good coffee and a decent cafe menu? Try Vivace (Cap Hill or the new one by REI) and you know Tully's ain't so bad.

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★★☆☆☆

I hate Zoka. Okay, let me back up. They're at the top in terms of espresso/coffee quality and have probably the best cafe menu next to Essential Bakery (great paninis, pastries, grilled sandwiches and salads) but what the other reviewers have said is true: the service is tepid (it really makes you appreciate the Starbuck's cheeriness even is their coffee's sub par); although no one's been rude to me. And OMG - try to get a table this year! It'll never happen. They need to start taking reservations or have a time-limit per cup of coffee like Cafe Lladro does. For this reason whenever anyone says "let's go to Zoka" I say "NEVER!" Want free wireless, good coffee and a decent cafe menu? Try Vivace (Cap Hill or the new one by REI) and you know Tully's ain't so bad.

Pros: Good menu, great coffee

Cons: You'll never find a seat. NEVER

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I heard about this place through a friend and decided to check this place out. I was not disappointed. The coffee I tried was delicious and smooth not bitter. If you want a nice place to hang out than I would recommend this place. When I walked through the door I really liked the atmosphere. It may have been crowded but I still found a place to sit. Next time I will bring my friends.

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★★★★★

I heard about this place through a friend and decided to check this place out. I was not disappointed. The coffee I tried was delicious and smooth not bitter. If you want a nice place to hang out than I would recommend this place. When I walked through the door I really liked the atmosphere. It may have been crowded but I still found a place to sit. Next time I will bring my friends.

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Are all the negative reviews for keeping the place to yourselves?

This is one of the best lattes in town. The vibe is comfortable and relaxing. The place is busy as to be expected given the quality of the coffee, but it isn't loud as most everyone are keeping to themselves. I appreciate the wifi connection as I go there for work sometimes. I also would like the place to clear out so I could have it to myself.

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★★★★★

Are all the negative reviews for keeping the place to yourselves?

This is one of the best lattes in town. The vibe is comfortable and relaxing. The place is busy as to be expected given the quality of the coffee, but it isn't loud as most everyone are keeping to themselves. I appreciate the wifi connection as I go there for work sometimes. I also would like the place to clear out so I could have it to myself.

Pros: Coffee Quality, Wifi connection, Ambience

Cons: Hard to find a table, line can be long

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i frequently go to zoka to grab a great cup of coffee and study. it is a prime place for students to study with lots of tables and comfortable chairs. every time i go, it is hard to find someone without a book or a laptop. if you are looking for a coffee shop to go to with a big group to socialize, i would not go to zoka, you might get an evil eye from those doing work. oh yeah, and the coffee is really good too :)

5
★★★★★

i frequently go to zoka to grab a great cup of coffee and study. it is a prime place for students to study with lots of tables and comfortable chairs. every time i go, it is hard to find someone without a book or a laptop. if you are looking for a coffee shop to go to with a big group to socialize, i would not go to zoka, you might get an evil eye from those doing work. oh yeah, and the coffee is really good too :)

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Zoka serves a niche market with their loose-leaf teas and nice food goodies, but after today's experience I will likely not return again. For the last year I have noticed that all aspects of service at Zoka are both slow and somewhat rude. I think I am supposed to feel lucky to be a patron. Today I was able to stand for 10 minutes waiting for a simple mocha while I listened to the "baristas" behind the machine talk about the next place they were planning to work. There is no appreciation of the customer in this place. Since the coffee service is so sluggish, there is plenty of time to observe the employees "working". There must be some part of this work ethic and attitude about customers that is passed down from the top -- otherwise the owners would never let this kind of business model to take place. Good-bye Zoka.

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★☆☆☆☆

Zoka serves a niche market with their loose-leaf teas and nice food goodies, but after today's experience I will likely not return again. For the last year I have noticed that all aspects of service at Zoka are both slow and somewhat rude. I think I am supposed to feel lucky to be a patron. Today I was able to stand for 10 minutes waiting for a simple mocha while I listened to the "baristas" behind the machine talk about the next place they were planning to work. There is no appreciation of the customer in this place. Since the coffee service is so sluggish, there is plenty of time to observe the employees "working". There must be some part of this work ethic and attitude about customers that is passed down from the top -- otherwise the owners would never let this kind of business model to take place. Good-bye Zoka.

Pros: Tasty coffee & treats

Cons: Service & everything else

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My expectations were high. Why? I have no idea...maybe because this is Seattle people...coffee universe of the world. And no, I am NOT a coffee snob...although I think after so many let downs I am becoming that way. Upon walking in it was like sensory overload. Loud conversations, people everywhere, yet absolutely no atmosphere. Cold, boring, drab, uneventful. And for the record there were people there because some race/sports practice just got done...not because it was or is anything spectacular. And what happened to customer service? If you dont have a polite attitude, maybe you shouldnt be working with people. Go sit in a cube somewhere where your personality is about as fabulous as the three walls around you. Completely unfriendly...and the worst part was how long it took to get our drinks. I ordered a latte, my partner in crime, an Americano. There was 1 person in front of us. One person. Let me repeat one person. My latte came first over 5 minutes later and then the Americano...five minutes after that. Last time I checked these are probably 2 of the most common drinks ordered, besides drip itself. In any case the barista or whatever you want to call the slow as a snail person behind the espresso machine took his sweet (fill in the blank) time. At first your mad...who wouldnt, we live in a society of instant gratification. And then I just wanted to see for the pure fun of it how long it would take. Just so I could write this review and discourage anyone from wasting their sweet time at this pathetic coffeehouse. So if you are still confused as to how I feel - dont waste your time. Im all for local coffeehouses...just not this one!

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★★☆☆☆

My expectations were high. Why? I have no idea...maybe because this is Seattle people...coffee universe of the world. And no, I am NOT a coffee snob...although I think after so many let downs I am becoming that way. Upon walking in it was like sensory overload. Loud conversations, people everywhere, yet absolutely no atmosphere. Cold, boring, drab, uneventful. And for the record there were people there because some race/sports practice just got done...not because it was or is anything spectacular. And what happened to customer service? If you dont have a polite attitude, maybe you shouldnt be working with people. Go sit in a cube somewhere where your personality is about as fabulous as the three walls around you. Completely unfriendly...and the worst part was how long it took to get our drinks. I ordered a latte, my partner in crime, an Americano. There was 1 person in front of us. One person. Let me repeat one person. My latte came first over 5 minutes later and then the Americano...five minutes after that. Last time I checked these are probably 2 of the most common drinks ordered, besides drip itself. In any case the barista or whatever you want to call the slow as a snail person behind the espresso machine took his sweet (fill in the blank) time. At first your mad...who wouldnt, we live in a society of instant gratification. And then I just wanted to see for the pure fun of it how long it would take. Just so I could write this review and discourage anyone from wasting their sweet time at this pathetic coffeehouse. So if you are still confused as to how I feel - dont waste your time. Im all for local coffeehouses...just not this one!

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Not recommended. Though the lattes are decent, the atmosphere is creepy. Students hunched over computers, unfriendly staff, no community feeling, no parking.

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★★★☆☆

Not recommended. Though the lattes are decent, the atmosphere is creepy. Students hunched over computers, unfriendly staff, no community feeling, no parking.

Pros: decent coffee

Cons: cold, unpleasant atmosphere--too many computers

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A friend of mine took me here because he said the barista?s at Zoka had won awards for their intricate foam designs. I didn?t understand what he meant until I picked up my latte from the bar and it had a heart made out of espresso and milk. I even took a picture of it I was so impressed! The place was packed. We went on a random Wednesday night but practically every seat was filled so we ended up getting the rest of our order to go and headed back home.

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★★★★★

A friend of mine took me here because he said the barista?s at Zoka had won awards for their intricate foam designs. I didn?t understand what he meant until I picked up my latte from the bar and it had a heart made out of espresso and milk. I even took a picture of it I was so impressed! The place was packed. We went on a random Wednesday night but practically every seat was filled so we ended up getting the rest of our order to go and headed back home.

Pros: Great coffee and desserts

Cons: Every seat was full

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Though it's impossible to get a table here, I still find myself at Zoka a few times per week for their dark, rich drip coffee. Totally worth the trip. They also have an amazing selection of teas, and the pastries, cakes and sandwiches in the cases always look delectable.

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★★★★★

Though it's impossible to get a table here, I still find myself at Zoka a few times per week for their dark, rich drip coffee. Totally worth the trip. They also have an amazing selection of teas, and the pastries, cakes and sandwiches in the cases always look delectable.

Pros: Delicious coffee, large selection

Cons: Often very busy

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I can see Zoka from my house window , but I would never go back. The place has terrible service, the baristas have endless conversations amongst themselves, there is never anywhere to sit due to students with laptops squatting all the tables and honestly, their coffee is not that much better than Starbucks or Mighty O Donuts across the street. Do yourself a favor and skip this joint.

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★☆☆☆☆

I can see Zoka from my house window , but I would never go back. The place has terrible service, the baristas have endless conversations amongst themselves, there is never anywhere to sit due to students with laptops squatting all the tables and honestly, their coffee is not that much better than Starbucks or Mighty O Donuts across the street. Do yourself a favor and skip this joint.

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oh, and bring your laptop just to fit in...lots of people study here...lots of tables but it still gets packed and filled up consistently...

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★★★★☆

oh, and bring your laptop just to fit in...lots of people study here...lots of tables but it still gets packed and filled up consistently...

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I live within walking distance from Cafe Zoka and I would rather drive to get my morning coffee than spend my money there! There is never any place to sit--all tables are snatched up early by students and lap-top professionals camping out for hours and hours. The baristas are extreamly rude, paying more attention to conversations beetween co-workers than customers. My advice to the management and owners of Zoka coffee: Spend more time teaching customer service then how to make the "perfect' cup of joe!

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★☆☆☆☆

I live within walking distance from Cafe Zoka and I would rather drive to get my morning coffee than spend my money there! There is never any place to sit--all tables are snatched up early by students and lap-top professionals camping out for hours and hours. The baristas are extreamly rude, paying more attention to conversations beetween co-workers than customers. My advice to the management and owners of Zoka coffee: Spend more time teaching customer service then how to make the "perfect' cup of joe!

Pros: What happened to the food??? It use to be so good!!!

Cons: Rude Baristas and staff & no place to sit.

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I have never been to the Green Lake Zoka, but I really like the University Zoka. The atmosphere is laid back, the service is quick (and attractive!), and the coffee and scones are to die for. Really my only gripe are the WiFi squatters. I like that the staff doesn't bug them them too much, but they should at least be required to share tables. I hate it when I can't find a seat because there's one computer user at every table. They should do what Victrola does on the weekends and cut the WiFi. It would make a great cafe even more enjoyable.

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★★★★★

I have never been to the Green Lake Zoka, but I really like the University Zoka. The atmosphere is laid back, the service is quick (and attractive!), and the coffee and scones are to die for. Really my only gripe are the WiFi squatters. I like that the staff doesn't bug them them too much, but they should at least be required to share tables. I hate it when I can't find a seat because there's one computer user at every table. They should do what Victrola does on the weekends and cut the WiFi. It would make a great cafe even more enjoyable.

Pros: yummy food, great coffee, good baristas

Cons: WiFi squatters

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Yes, granted Zoka is a busy place, filled with a lot of students and business professionals alike, but people like myself who live in the neighborhood have come to expect that. I remember hearing once that one of the great things about Zoka is that they focus on quality...I expect to wait for that killer coffee that I receive every day. The entire staff knows my name and knows about the happenings of my life from probably the past 3 years. There is a strong sense of community in Zoka. The staff are cheerful, friendly, courteous, and i've seen them remember half the names of the customers and the drinks they order in the morning. It's too bad people don't focus on good experiences, only the bad. The only bad thing I have to say is that lately it's been feeling like Zoka is going corporate..I hope they're not selling...?

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★★★★★

Yes, granted Zoka is a busy place, filled with a lot of students and business professionals alike, but people like myself who live in the neighborhood have come to expect that. I remember hearing once that one of the great things about Zoka is that they focus on quality...I expect to wait for that killer coffee that I receive every day. The entire staff knows my name and knows about the happenings of my life from probably the past 3 years. There is a strong sense of community in Zoka. The staff are cheerful, friendly, courteous, and i've seen them remember half the names of the customers and the drinks they order in the morning. It's too bad people don't focus on good experiences, only the bad. The only bad thing I have to say is that lately it's been feeling like Zoka is going corporate..I hope they're not selling...?

Pros: Service, Excellent Food, Excellent Coffee

Cons: losing independence

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I live on the same street as Cafe Zoka, and have been there quite often. It belongs to a world outside of Seattle where total avoidance of each other is the norm. Service is rude. They will treat you as if you are a machine. Even if you can take it, Cafe Zoka's attitude is the worst way of starting a sunny sunday - Seattle has better to offer you. However their coffee is good and food tastes ok.

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★★☆☆☆

I live on the same street as Cafe Zoka, and have been there quite often. It belongs to a world outside of Seattle where total avoidance of each other is the norm. Service is rude. They will treat you as if you are a machine. Even if you can take it, Cafe Zoka's attitude is the worst way of starting a sunny sunday - Seattle has better to offer you. However their coffee is good and food tastes ok.

Pros: wifi, coffee

Cons: ambiance, rude, attitude

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I am amazed everytime I drive by Zoka that it's still in business. The service is horrible and the "help" is seriously unfriendly. Why is Starbucks so popular? Because they greet you with a smile, they're friendly, the coffe is good, and are fast. Zoka staff are rude -- often choosing to continue a personal conversation with a co-worker for way too long instead of greet and welcome you. Don't expect "good morning" or "what can I get for you" -- just a blank stare. Are they hung-over? Unhappy in general? Who knows, but it comes of as incredibly rude, unfriendly and ungrateful. And did I mention how slooooooow they are? Even with no line they find a way to be impossibly slow. I will go out of my way to never give Zoka another penny of my money.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am amazed everytime I drive by Zoka that it's still in business. The service is horrible and the "help" is seriously unfriendly. Why is Starbucks so popular? Because they greet you with a smile, they're friendly, the coffe is good, and are fast. Zoka staff are rude -- often choosing to continue a personal conversation with a co-worker for way too long instead of greet and welcome you. Don't expect "good morning" or "what can I get for you" -- just a blank stare. Are they hung-over? Unhappy in general? Who knows, but it comes of as incredibly rude, unfriendly and ungrateful. And did I mention how slooooooow they are? Even with no line they find a way to be impossibly slow. I will go out of my way to never give Zoka another penny of my money.

Pros: ok atmosphere

Cons: rude help, super slow service, rude, rude, rude!

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Painfully slow and equally rude service. Cashiers are rude and baristas are slow. I did get insulted by a cashier when I complained that it took 13 minutes to make two lattes on a Sunday night. Only one person was in front of me. She said "oh, it must be so hard for you to have to wait for coffee". I decided not to come back after that.

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★☆☆☆☆

Painfully slow and equally rude service. Cashiers are rude and baristas are slow. I did get insulted by a cashier when I complained that it took 13 minutes to make two lattes on a Sunday night. Only one person was in front of me. She said "oh, it must be so hard for you to have to wait for coffee". I decided not to come back after that.

Pros: Good Espresso, WiFi, Good food

Cons: RUDE, RUDE, RUDE

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I love Zoka, the scones are to die for. But it's INSANE how many squatters there are who use it SHAMELESSLY like it's a public library. They stay for HOURS and the management seems to make no move to facilitate use of the tables for nonstudying customers. This coffeehouse has the best potential of any place I know, but it goes unrealized.

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★★★★☆

I love Zoka, the scones are to die for. But it's INSANE how many squatters there are who use it SHAMELESSLY like it's a public library. They stay for HOURS and the management seems to make no move to facilitate use of the tables for nonstudying customers. This coffeehouse has the best potential of any place I know, but it goes unrealized.

Pros: Scones, coffee, space

Cons: Squatters, laptops

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The service at Zoka's has made it unlikely I will ever return. I tried for awhile to give nice tips in the hopes that I would get better service, but it doesn't matter. They're aloof jerks. It used to be a nice little place to go, but now it has turned into a mess.

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★★☆☆☆

The service at Zoka's has made it unlikely I will ever return. I tried for awhile to give nice tips in the hopes that I would get better service, but it doesn't matter. They're aloof jerks. It used to be a nice little place to go, but now it has turned into a mess.

Pros: Coffee's good

Cons: Staff are rude, Crowded, No longer unique

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I have tried over the years to even like Zoka, but it just isn't worth it after the continually lacking service and atmosphere this place has to offer for a coffeehouse. I thought cafes were supposed to be places where neighbors can enjoy the company of each other and have conversation, relax, mingle. This is NOT a cafe, it is a library or study hall. It is so laden with laptops and students you can rarely find a seat. The service cold at best where baristas give you attitude and fake smiles if you're lucky. The coffee is good (not the best I've had), but not good enough to come back. Sorry Zoka--you may have champion baristas, but that's not what makes a good coffee house. Instead of training staff how to make coffee they should educate them on good customer service and actually enjoying what they do.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have tried over the years to even like Zoka, but it just isn't worth it after the continually lacking service and atmosphere this place has to offer for a coffeehouse. I thought cafes were supposed to be places where neighbors can enjoy the company of each other and have conversation, relax, mingle. This is NOT a cafe, it is a library or study hall. It is so laden with laptops and students you can rarely find a seat. The service cold at best where baristas give you attitude and fake smiles if you're lucky. The coffee is good (not the best I've had), but not good enough to come back. Sorry Zoka--you may have champion baristas, but that's not what makes a good coffee house. Instead of training staff how to make coffee they should educate them on good customer service and actually enjoying what they do.

Cons: Service, Atmosphere

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Slow service, aloof staff who don't make eye contact, and spend a lot of time talking to each other, moving around and not actually accomplishing anything, and lots of signs telling you what to do or what not to do. Good coffee can't make up for these detractions.

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★★☆☆☆

Slow service, aloof staff who don't make eye contact, and spend a lot of time talking to each other, moving around and not actually accomplishing anything, and lots of signs telling you what to do or what not to do. Good coffee can't make up for these detractions.

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Let me add my 2 cents here to all the misinformed negative reviews on Zoka. It is true that Zoka suffers from folks who like to buy a coffee and just hang out for hours (often studying). And it can really suck if you're looking for a seat and every table has a single person seated there with empty cup of coffee working on their homework. However, I must defend the coffee which is excellent. People who say their coffee sucks do NOT know good coffee and would be better off at Starbucks. The baristas there are trained by one of the top baristas in the country and their coffee is certainly worth the wait. Also, their coffee is freshly roasted and typically served within 4-6 days of roasting which is optimal time for best flavor. They also work the latte art nicely!

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★★★★★

Let me add my 2 cents here to all the misinformed negative reviews on Zoka. It is true that Zoka suffers from folks who like to buy a coffee and just hang out for hours (often studying). And it can really suck if you're looking for a seat and every table has a single person seated there with empty cup of coffee working on their homework. However, I must defend the coffee which is excellent. People who say their coffee sucks do NOT know good coffee and would be better off at Starbucks. The baristas there are trained by one of the top baristas in the country and their coffee is certainly worth the wait. Also, their coffee is freshly roasted and typically served within 4-6 days of roasting which is optimal time for best flavor. They also work the latte art nicely!

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Zoka has by far the best coffee in the entire state of Washington and maybe in the entire country. Their coffee is roasted to perfection without the burnt taste that you find in other coporate companies. Wide selection of organic and fair trade blends at reasonable prices. Great selection of teas and they also serve a great chai latte. Coffee is complimented by their delicious selection of pastries and sandwiches also for a good price.

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★★★★★

Zoka has by far the best coffee in the entire state of Washington and maybe in the entire country. Their coffee is roasted to perfection without the burnt taste that you find in other coporate companies. Wide selection of organic and fair trade blends at reasonable prices. Great selection of teas and they also serve a great chai latte. Coffee is complimented by their delicious selection of pastries and sandwiches also for a good price.

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excellent coffee and a nice friendly staff.

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★★★★★

excellent coffee and a nice friendly staff.

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This place frustrates me to no end. A large comfortable room, big cozy chairs. Ideal coffee shop, right? Wrong. The service is so bad it borders on the criminal. Mediocre drip coffee served luke warm and surly, slow and unhelpful service are standard. Enter at your own risk.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place frustrates me to no end. A large comfortable room, big cozy chairs. Ideal coffee shop, right? Wrong. The service is so bad it borders on the criminal. Mediocre drip coffee served luke warm and surly, slow and unhelpful service are standard. Enter at your own risk.

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We really really tried to love Zoka, but have been dissapointed time after time. It takes FOREVER to get a drink other than coffee. When I started to order just coffee to avoid the wait I found I waited even more! It was either cold or unmade or old. Other than comfy chairs and big scones Zoka has unsmiling baristas and the wait is untolerable- if you walk in and see three people in line prepare to wait at least 15 minutes for bad coffee!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

We really really tried to love Zoka, but have been dissapointed time after time. It takes FOREVER to get a drink other than coffee. When I started to order just coffee to avoid the wait I found I waited even more! It was either cold or unmade or old. Other than comfy chairs and big scones Zoka has unsmiling baristas and the wait is untolerable- if you walk in and see three people in line prepare to wait at least 15 minutes for bad coffee!!!

Pros: Big scones

Cons: SLOW!!!, SLOW!!!, Unhappy baristas

 

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