The distinctive coffee pot-shaped drive-through coffee stand on SR 410 that was Perky’s, then Cowgirls, then , has changed owners once again. The new owners, Jeff and Bia Jackson, have chosen the no-nonsense name and, according to Bia, goal number one is to “make customers happy and to give them a drink with love.”
Bonney Lake Coffee could not be more different than the business that occupied the same building three months ago—Peek-A-Brew—which featured baristas clad in lingerie. On more than one occasion, the employees were subject to .
“They’ve been in the business for a long, long time,” said Bia of the previous owners, “and they were ready to do something else.”
Jeff and Bia Jackson, husband and wife, are first-time business owners.
Jeff is a veteran, Bia was born in Brazil. Before moving to the Seattle area, Bia lived in San Diego for three years. After finding herself disappointed by the culinary arts program at the Art Institute of Seattle, she has decided to pursue other options.
“It was always my dream to have a café,” said Bia.
Jeff and Bia have painted over the black teapot with red lipstick prints, now it is a neutral tan with a red-orange roof. The logo is a toucan perched on a teacup, holding a blue umbrella. A miniature American flag flies in the drive-through window. The baristas (Bia and three other girls), are fully clothed.
“We’re actually trying to be a part of the community,” said Bia. “We’re booked for this month of August, for car washes for charity events.”
They aim to help all of the people who approach them for sponsorship of charities and community events, and they support their church. Drink discounts are offered to teachers, military, police and fire fighters.
Another distinguishing feature of Bonney Lake Coffee is the friendliness of its staff. They make an effort to chat with customers, ask them about their families and jobs, and to remember their repeat customers.
So far, customers have taken a liking to white chocolate mochas (they go through about seven pounds of white chocolate a day), vanilla chai lattes, the Zinger (red bull, vanilla, raspberry and orange juice) and the Explosion (espresso beans, caramel, white chocolate and smoothie cream).
Other favorites include chocolate muffins, pepperoni pizza bagels, raspberry ginger lemon scones and jalapeno bagels.
One thing that sets Bonney Lake Coffee apart is its ice cream, although it hasn't quite caught on yet, said Bia, because not many people are aware that they offer it. That could all change when they start selling sundaes, which will be featured on the menu soon.
Bia and Jeff hope the new offerings will attract local family customers.
“We’re family-oriented,” emphasized Bia. “This is our job, but at the same time it’s our lives... We really care about people.”