BY Sarah Martin
Each day I show up to work as a barista at Kona Kai Coffee in Tukwila, is another day for which I am grateful. Here in this bright, airy space, the normal conversations I have with my customers – a mix of students, local workers and library patrons -- inspire me and give me hope.
The last 12 years of my life have not been especially hopeful, much of it spent on a roller coaster of drug and alcohol dependency.
But over the last few months at Kona Kai, I’ve been on a steady path to reclaim and rebuild my life – one day at a time. It required me to completely walk away from my old lifestyle, leaving behind toxic relationships that were making it impossible for me to heal.
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Located in the heart of the Tukwila Village, Kona Kai Coffee is a purveyor of fine coffee with a mission.
Kona Kai Coffee serves freshly roasted coffee and pastries in our beautiful location in downtown Tukwila. Centrally located in the new Tukwila Village development we are a great place for your morning coffee and for meeting friends.
Kona Kai Coffee works to educate and train unemployed individuals and young people in food preparation, barista skills, food service, and hospitality. Our focus is on people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless due to barriers to opportunities including marginalization brought on by racial and social inequities.