It's been a year in the making, but Kameha's Cup Coffee (11451 98th Ave NE), is finally open! Kameha means "giant turtle" or "unique" so we are going to go with the unique translation today. Owner Monica Colón (photo below) is bringing her coffee beans over from multiple Hawaiian islands and having it roasted here in Seattle. Even though from the exterior you can still see the ghosts of Jack in the Box, Orexi, Sushiya, and 2CH Burgers, you will be pleasantly surprised once you walk through the doors of our newest Kirkland coffee house. Monica's dad is a builder and, even after a car ran through the side of their building, has given the interior space a fresh clean look. It's bright and welcoming and if I squint my eyes and sniff my coffee and ignore the pelting rain on the window behind me, I could maybe even be on a island. The ceiling is even painted like the ocean and Hawaiian islands! (photo)
Steve and I each tried a coffee that was made with care and had a great smooth Kona flavor. I didn't try any treats (because I probably already ate 5 Christmas cookies that day, UGH), but I did spy some Blazing Bagels and other pastries from Little Rae's Bakery. There is free wi-fi and plenty of seating.... of course, until everyone reads this blog post and starts going there and filling their chairs. You'll also find lots of parking, dog treats and tie-ups and there's talk of a future awning with patio seating.
Go say hello, the staff was super friendly and helpful. Note that they are closed on Saturdays because that's roasting day. Hours are Mon-Thurs 6-6, Fri 6-4 and Sun 8-5. 425-820-4494.