BlackPast.org is proud to continue our partnership with Zoka Coffee. We formed this partnership in the summer of 2020, with the goal of helping to promote historical understanding and generate constructive change. Zoka recognizes that it is not enough to simply condemn all forms of racism. They believe education is a vital first step to addressing racial injustice in Seattle and across the United States. While they feel there are no easy solutions to the problems we face, they are committed to doing their part by investing time, energy, and resources to advancing this initiative and BP’s mission.
The second blend in this coffee series features Seattle-based “Noodles” Smith — Considered the “father of Seattle Jazz,” he owned several nightclubs that attracted musicians such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie. The automobile featured in the photo is identified as a Mercer Raceabout. Noodles is behind the wheel. More information on the “father of Seattle Jazz” is available on the Noodles Blend coffee bag as well as here at BlackPast.org.
The coffee is 100% Tanzania, light roasted, with notes of chocolate and pomegranate. $5 from the sale of each 12 oz bag is donated directly to BlackPast.org, in support of their mission.
Zoka Coffee Company was started in Seattle in 1996 and has four cafes and an online store.