The opening of Zoka in Kirkland has created quite a stir and has been brought up in the press over at the Seattle Times and now at the Kirkland Reporter...

Opening a coffee house on the same block as an established Starbucks is not what many would think of as good business acumen. But for Zoka Roaster and Tea Company owner Jeff Babcock, his business is not just another coffee house -- it is an experience for the taste buds.

"We will let the customer make the choice," said Babcock. "Starbucks and others are worthy competition. But this is a pretty densely populated area. I have been in this business for 25 years and I think we just do it better."

After reading this story head over to the new Kirkland store and try a Single Origin Espresso from the only Slayer machine in the United States.