Top Pot Doughnuts
|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.
As of May 2016[update], Top Pot has 18 cafe locations throughout the Puget Sound region, and three in Texas, 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 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. In 2011, Top Pot became the official doughnut and coffee of the National Lacrosse League team Washington Stealth.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Café Info". Top Pot Doughnuts. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
- Melissa Allison, Why did Starbucks stop labeling its Top Pot doughnuts?, Seattle Times, 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
- Tate 'embarrassed' by doughnut incident, Associated Press/ESPN, 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
- "Top Pot Doughnuts Named Official Coffee and Doughnut for the Washington Stealth" (Press release). Comcast Arena. January 8, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
- Our Story, Top Pot Doughnuts (official site). Retrieved 2010-11-07.
- Chris Grygiel, Obama stops by Top Pot Donuts: 'Can't eat these everyday', seattlepi.com, 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
- 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.
- Donut Paradise, Travel Channel