The scientific verdict on whether caffeine improves a marijuana high might not be conclusive, but everyone at Mary Jane knows coffee and cannabis go together like chocolate and peanut butter.
In fact, long before the Evergreen State adopted its enlightened stance on recreational marijuana, Amsterdam’s coffee shops were famous around the world as the only truly legal place to buy and smoke weed. That’s likely not a coincidence.Unfortunately, it’s still not legal to spark up in a cafe anywhere in the States, but nobody does coffee like the Pacific Northwest. And while it’s hard to throw a rock anywhere in Western Washington without hitting some kind of caffeination station, these are the spots Mary Jane’s friendly budtenders head when they want to complement their buzz with a buzz.
So next time you come through the shop, make sure to stop in at these local favorites.
urban COFFEE lounge, 9744 NE 119th Way, Kirkland, WA 98034
Leave the laptop at home, as the cozy urban COFFEE lounge is a place to sip and socialize, not work and prioritize. And while the capitalization of the logo makes it appear it’s yelling at you, the staff is friendly and always on point. Along with traditional and soy varieties, hemp milk is also on the menu. Try it in the salted maple latte and prepare to be floored.
Caffe Rococo, 136 Park Ln, Kirkland, WA 98033
Attention to detail is paramount at Caffe Rococo. The company roasts its own beans, and the sleek, spacious Kirkland location’s streamlined feel makes it a popular place for professional meet ups. Classic drinks like the cappuccino are executed with creamy precision, and the creative baristas are known for the fun, artsy flair they bring to the foam.
Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company, 129 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033
For over a decade, Zoka’s Kirkland location has been a vital third place for locals to hang out and grab a strong cup of coffee or fragrant, delicious tea. Great tunes, lots of natural light, and specialty drinks like the lavender mocha shine. Unique selections like the rhubarb piroshki make it well worth giving the pastry case more just than a casual once-over.