Top Pot Doughnuts

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Top Pot Doughnuts
Industry Coffeehouses
Founded February 2002 (2002-02)
Founder Mark and Michael Klebeck
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, United States
Number of locations

Top Pot Doughnuts is a chain of coffee and doughnut cafes started in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Top Pot began in February 2002 and was started by co-founders Mark and Michael Klebeck, who are brothers.[1]


As of May 2016, Top Pot has 18 cafe locations throughout the Puget Sound region, and three in Texas,[2] though they are only made at their downtown Seattle and Bellevue locations and shipped to other locations in the region by truck.[clarification needed] Their recipe is used for the doughnuts sold in more than 7,000 Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada[3] and also for doughnuts sold by Seattle-area grocer QFC. Top Pot Doughnuts are the official doughnut at CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders.[4] In 2011, Top Pot became the official doughnut and coffee of the National Lacrosse League team Washington Stealth.[5]


Top Pot's neon sign on 5th Avenue

The name "Top Pot" came from a vintage neon sign that was above a boarded-up Chinese restaurant called "Topspot". The co-founders bought the sign and while transporting it, the "S" fell off. Co-owner Mark suggested that they replace it with a coffee pot.[6]


When U.S. president Barack Obama visited Seattle in October 2010, he and Senator Patty Murray stopped for doughnuts at the Top Pot on 5th Avenue in the Belltown/Denny Regrade neighborhood.[7]

In January 2011 Seattle mayor Mike McGinn bet (among various items) a dozen Top Pot maple bars with New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu over the NFL NFC Wild card game.[8]

In media[edit]



  • Klebeck, Mark; Klebeck, Michael; Thomson, Michael (2011). Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts: Secrets and recipes for the home baker. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-1-4521-0212-2. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Melissa Allison,Top Pot Doughnuts investor sues co-founders over her diminished share of the growing empire, Seattle Times, 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
  2. ^ "Café Info". Top Pot Doughnuts. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ Melissa Allison, Why did Starbucks stop labeling its Top Pot doughnuts?, Seattle Times, 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
  4. ^ Tate 'embarrassed' by doughnut incident, Associated Press/ESPN, 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
  5. ^ "Top Pot Doughnuts Named Official Coffee and Doughnut for the Washington Stealth" (Press release). Comcast Arena. January 8, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ Our Story, Top Pot Doughnuts (official site). Retrieved 2010-11-07.
  7. ^ Chris Grygiel, Obama stops by Top Pot Donuts: 'Can't eat these everyday',, 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
  8. ^ Cartier, Curtis (January 6, 2011). "Mike McGinn Bets New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Doughnuts, Music, and Fish on Seahawks Win". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ Donut Paradise, Travel Channel 

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