Snoqualmie Ridge resident buys Zoka Coffee
December 28, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 28, 2009
Snoqualmie Ridge resident Steve Pennington has bought Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea on the Ridge, and plans to turn it into Steve’s Doughnuts in late January.
Despite the name change, the coffee and the faces serving it will stay the same. Pennington says he will keep any barista who wants to stay on and he will continue selling Zoka coffee in drinks and in whole-bean coffee bags.
Zoka’s owner, Jeff Babcock, says he plans to focus on his company’s new location in Kirkland, which opened this past summer. He opened the Snoqualmie store about two years ago. There are also locations in Seattle near Green Lake and behind University Village. He also licenses three stores called Zoka in Japan and licenses a fourth store there under a different name.
Zoka coffee is roasted on West Nickerson Street in Ballard, where Babcock says he might someday open a drive-up shop.
Pennington, a former program manager for Microsoft, plans to make doughnuts using all natural ingredients (including palm oil) from sources as local as possible.
“We want the cows and chickens to be local and the flour to be Washington flour,” he said. “Within reason, we want to make sure we’re supporting local agriculture.”
“I love doughnuts,” Pennington said. “Our motto is, ‘Doughnuts make you happy’.”
Material from The Seattle Times was used in this report.