Sushi at Zoka? No, we will leave that to the experts! If you have visited our Greenlake or Zoka stores you may have noticed that some of our food is now kept in a sushi case. After spending thousands of dollars with refrigeration companies, and undergoing numerous inspections by our local health inspectors, we have been struggling to keep our food cases under 41 degrees Fahrenheit (as the health department requires). Recently, we began working with one of the best food safety consultants in the country to assist us in finding an effective solution to solve this issue.
As per his recommendation, our sandwiches are now kept in this sushi case, which consistently maintains temperatures well under 34 degrees Fahrenheit. Most deli cases are designed to maintain temperatures between 39-42 degrees, and the sandwiches always remain 2-3 degrees warmer. To comply with local health requirements, most cafes freeze their sandwiches in the morning, compromising their freshness. Our homemade sandwiches are prepared fresh every morning, are never stored in the freezer, and are grilled to order.
In an ever increasing level of service, efficiency, and professionalism, we recognized an opportunity to improve additional areas of our store’s operation. We implemented a rigorous Food Safety Audit that requires our employees to record temperature logs every 3-4 hours, have all of our food handling permits posted and make sure there’s plenty of soap dispensers throughout each of the stores.
At all of our Zoka locations, we are completely focused on providing the best customer service possible and training our baristas to prepare the highest quality drinks available. In addition, our coffee quality is always improving, as we are purchasing more and more coffees through our Zoka Family Direct Trade program. We are well on our way to becoming the best coffee house in Seattle.
We are happy you enjoy the positive changes, as well as the quality of food and coffee we have been able to provide for years. We look forward to continuing the improvements.
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