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Zoka launches new coffee blend in honor of Carly Henley

What do you think? (1 Comment) August 2, 2011 at 1:45PM

Zoka Coffee Roaster and Tea Company has just launched a partnership with The Carly Henley Project.

20-year-old Carly Henley, a UW student, committed suicide last October. The Carly Henley Project is dedicated to her memory.

 

Patrick Mazzuca, Zoka’s General Manager, writes the following on the Zoka website:

In adults over the age of 18, there are 14.8 million individuals that suffer from depression. Last school year four University of Washington Students chose to take their lives. One of these students was a regular customer of University Village Zoka. Her name was Carly Henley.

When I read about Carly’s death in the Seattle Times last fall, the incident hit very close to home. Not only had I known Carly personally, but my heart went out to the Henley family as my own family had suffered a similar loss a number of years ago.

Suicide often leaves friends and family confused, frustrated, and even angry. The loss of life and potential is devastating to those who love and cherish the individual who takes their own life. A community’s heart breaks. Carly was a beautiful young woman with talent and passion, and when I discovered that Carly’s family had created a benefit show to help nourish young talent, like that of Carly, I immediately reached out to the family. When Jared and I met with the family there were tears, laughter and love shared. At Zoka, we believe whole heartedly in creating great relationships, and the Henley family’s dedication to making Carly’s voice heard inspired our own involvement in the Henley Project.

Zoka has created a new coffee blend in honor of Carly, which is described this way:

The toasty notes of dark chocolate and light smoke are balanced by both fruit and floral nuances. This blend is a mix of a lighter roast, to highlight brightness and acidity, and a darker roast to highlight the deep and rich notes of chocolate and smoke.

All three Zoka locations also have ”Love Wins” t-shirts, Carly’s lyric book and Carly’s CD, “Love the Skin You’re In,” for sale. 100% of the profits from the sale of these items will go to the International Justice Mission. The IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. $2 of each purchase of “Carly’s Blend” coffee will also be donated to the IJM.

“We thank you for your help in fulfilling our dedication to creating great relationships within our community,” Patrick says in a note to customers. “Remembering that Carly was a valued Zoka guest, just like you, please take the time today to greet your neighbor with warmth and compassion.”

You can find Zoka in Green Lake at 2200 N 56th St, in the University Village at 2901 NE Blakeley St and in Kirkland at 129 Central Way.

 


Zoka Coffee Roaster and Tea Company is a My Green Lake advertiser.

 

One Response to “Zoka launches new coffee blend in honor of Carly Henley”

  1. Congrats for what you are doing.  I am sure the family is proud.  This will allow Carly to live on in everyone’s hearts!