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Kefa Cafe

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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208 Reviews

208 Reviews


Wonderful, warm and friendly, with good food. Perfect breakfast place.


You always feel welcomed and recognized. It has that small town, caring community feel.


delicious pastry. no wifi, which is good.


I love this place, but it closes at 5, not 6, most evenings. How can we get the google description corrected?


Very friendly service


I've been coming to Kefa Cafe since I was about 13. For the past 17 years, I've been coming here not just for the excellent drinks and food, but also for the warm, amazing customer service. It's the epitome of a homey coffee shop, with truly excellent beverages in a comfortable setting.

My faves:

The chai (hot, blended or over ice you can't go wrong)

The coffee (strong and delicious)

The cinnamon tea (spicy and yum)

The chicken salad (oh God so so good)

The quiche (get it early because it goes fast!)

Seriously, it's so good. Try it out!


Now this cafe understands cozy. Not trying to cramp too much into one space. The pastries and Gelato are amazing too. Just very well served relaxed place


Hands down, the best coffee, service, atmosphere and biscotti in the entire DMV. This is one of the very few places I miss in Maryland, DC and Virginia. The two girls here are so sweet.


This place is such a quaint and cozy coffee shop that has very good coffee and a welcoming atmosphere. Very lovely to have your coffee and pastry served in teacups and saucers.


Amazing place Lenny and Abeba are great people who own the place, and tbey know their customers extremely well making it feel like home. Service and coffee is extremely good, beans coming from a local roastery (nagadi) and their coffee mug collection is impressive.


Wonderful customer service as well as the products. Nice inviting atmosphere. I like the owners, also.


Absolute best coffee shop in silver spring. The sisters who own the shop are two of the nicest people I have ever met. The coffee tastes great and the food options from pastries to sandwiches are all delicious. An absolute community gem for the area.


Yummy sandwiches, all-day breakfast, cozy, friendly, welcoming vibe. Cash-only, so plan ahead.


Lovely local coffee shop run by lovely people, serving some of the best coffee around.


The two sister owners Lene and Ababa are warm and wonderful. On top of this the coffee and the food is great.


Great coffee and lovely staff. I always go here for my morning latte when I'm in the area.


Kefa is such an amazing place! They are so friendly and helpful. The coffee is delicious and the atmosphere is wonderful. If I could come every day I would!


I searched for A good coffee ☕ experince in the area and found this place. I'm Ethiopian so I know a good coffee and this place is the only place that has it from all the coffee palaces in the entire DMV area. I love the service too.

I will Definetly visit more.


Good customer service and cute atmosphere. Very low key


Went there as part of a small business meetup group visit for wornen. It was just too small to accommodate us. The owner was sociable and warm, though. If you are looking to support international women owned businesses then take a friend for a sit down or a small intimate book club and enjoy a variety of Ethiopian coffee. It's also at the ground level of the Silver Spring library.


Great little family coffee shop and bakery. Super friendly people.


If you want to enjoy an authentic aromatic coffee in a quite comfortable environment, this place is for you. Do you want to break the connection and have some humanly connection, this 'NO WIFI" coffee shop will give you what you may have missed on the net. This is my favorite spot in town, and I proudly invite others to come with friends and family and enjoy the best coffee in town. Your barista goes above and beyond to make your experience as delicious as their coffee.


Cute shop and delicious cappuccino. Know that there is a $10 credit card minimum


I m n't a coffee guy, but went there with a friend who is crazy of this. Got a complement for taking him there. Thanks for your hospitality, ☕️


Great atmosphere, great coffee and decent food too. Only complaint: they close too early.


Love the selection of gelato. Great place to stop by and spend time with friends or a date. Local artists' work is displayed on the walls.


Really like this place. I was in the area to see a performance and had some spare time so I decided to walk around a bit and came across this place.

Such a lovely surprise. I only had a coffee and pastry which were very good, but it was the ambiance that was so great. I was greatly warmly, not scripted like the chain coffee shops, and the art was so very enjoyable.


My go-to coffee shop every morning. Lene and Abeba are dear friends.


Charming atmosphere, lovely clean food.


Super friendly staff. Great vibe. Good coffee. Great local small business!

Only small draw back - no wifi.


Wow! That was the most enjoyable setting I’ve been to in a long time. This deserves the posted ratings hands down!


The coffee & tea is nice, I also like the simple setups facing the glass wall to the streets which you have a very good look. The service is really nice. This is my choice of using laptop.


Superb retreat in the very heart of downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. Located at one end (sort of) of Bonifant "Something For Everyone" Street, the Kêfa Café - the "ê" is short - serves Ethiopian coffee that is the best coffee in this quadrant of the galaxy.

And it's a really big galaxy, buckaroo.

Operated by one of two sisters, "Flower" by name, the smallish two room cafe has a dedicated, occasionally fanatic, following that is as genuine as it is rare. Flower absolutely refuses to offer WiFi on the grounds that w/o it, people (strangers) will talk to each other. And the place buzzes with conversation.

Except when it doesn’t which, in general, means a herd of writer/student/book reading "types" have landed, plugged in their hardware, and are enthralled by the latest Top 10, Or TOP 5 in YouTube.

Or homework. (Which by-the-way the place is not far from a small 2 year college.)

The place serves food - not too fancy, not too plain - at reasonable prices.

So drop in and tell Flower D. Sent ya. You'll be glad ya did.


Lovely space! Make sure to bring cash, and there is no wi-fi. But the coffee is delicious, food is well-priced and great, and it feels like a home!


Kefa is my favorite coffee spot around--it's like an oasis in a coffee desert. The coffee is really beautifully done, locally roasted, carefully crafted, always delicious. I think they get the balance of smooth and acidic flavors better than most shops, and the preparation / delivery makes you feel special-like your cup has been made just for you by someone who deeply cares about what she does. I'm writing this at their library location around the corner from the original shop, munching on an anise biscotti dipped in coffee, enjoying the view and procrastinating a little before doing my school work. Really, no better spot to spend the day:)


Amazing atmosphere and great coffee! The owner is so friendly. Must visit!


Just avg food and not worth the price. Server / owner very nice.


Surprisingly good coffee - the ambience was cozy, neighborly feel, and not exactly modern nor refined - but the coffee, which is a house blend and not available for take home package, was rich and deep. I ordered Americano, which can become watery in general, sustained its richness, even after multiple sips. The other items such as food and regular drip coffee, was average, but for the espresso drinks alone, makes this place a spot to consider


I have frequented just about all of the coffee shops around downtown SS, and Kefa Cafe is by far my favorite. I am a chai tea drinker, so my review is based primarily on the chai, but I have had everything on their menu from eggs to pastries and the food is always fresh and good. I agree, it’s one of my favorite spots to sit even when I don’t have the time :-) it’s very inviting and the owners are warm and gracious, a vanishing commodity these days. I’ve been frequenting café for years, and realized I had never left a review, so here it is.


This is a very warm and

inviting space with a very pleasant proprietor. Coming back with friends.


The best coffee shop in all of DMV. If you're looking to try something different and away from the conventional service of the big chains and those who are chasing the big chains, hit up Kefa Cafe. You won't regret it. Nothing about Kefa is conventional or boring. Go in, order a coffee, grab a Biscotti, and chill. Kefa is definitely a GEM. The service is neither fake, nor is it overly done. The service is un-apologetically genuine and sincere and you can feel the magic the moment you walk in. I love this place with all my heart and I wish nothing but the best in their business. Thank you for taking care of me on my two years in Maryland. Definitely some of my favorite memories were from Kefa Cafe.


Excellent food and people, very family oriented


Been working practically across the street for a year and half and I just now went. Coffee is fantastic. Best coffee I've had in Silver Spring by far. Friendly and helpful staff. Will definitely be back!


My chai was delicious. $10 minimum for credit card purchases.


If you want a quiet place to enjoy a good cup of coffee this is a terrific place to go. You might enjoy their food, it is prepared for you when you order.

Their menu is simple, but delicious. The women who run and own this cafe are faithful to their customers and community by upholding and offering space to display artwork, invest in earth friendly ways to run their business and listen to you. Each person who walks into Kefa is recognized and respected.


A warm, welcoming community treasure with good coffee and food, delicious gelato, and an excellent veggie sandwich, run by two friendly sisters.


A very welcoming and pleasant atmosphere with great coffee :)


Love me a cozy, friendly and creatively thought out cafe! My cafe mocha was perfect and my breakfast sandwich was delicious and big! Exactly what I needed after commuting from Frederick to my new office in downtown Silver Spring. Thanks again, I’ll be back for lunch very soon!


I accidentally went to this cafe, I didn’t even know there was a cafe downstairs in the library but the good thing is I found the best breakfast sandwich and oat latte, very neat and fresh sandwiche, best customer service very friendly very professional thank you for your service sure will definitely come back more often good job 👏🏻


Lene and Abeba are fabulous. Great snacks and delicious coffee


Super nice local coffee shop. The owner was kind enough to let me sit and work for a few hours, in such a peaceful and quiet atmosphere.

Absurdly pleasant owners. Will definitely stop by again if I am ever in that town!


Lovely lovely lovely! Coffee.... delicious! Breakfast sandwich... delicious! Atmosphere.... delicious! Beautiful Day 🌞...Bonus!


Kefa is always warm and welcoming. I bought a chai latte which was, and always is, phenomenal. They have a sister location at the Silver Spring library which is also worth a visit.


Super nice local coffee spot. Delicious coffee. Cash only.


This is most welcoming coffee shop I've been to, and, I must compliment the service and the lovely lady that's responsible.


Excellent espresso with a depth of flavor that embraces what coffee can be. Bring cash as it's a small business and they'd rather not pay credit card fees if they can help it (cc min $10, which is 3+ cups). Also have a storefront at the library, which is just as good.


This cafe is one of my favorites!!! From coffee to the tea, to the staff!! I love it.. very cafe-vibe, warm environment.


Lovely place, stopped in for a breakfast bagel twice during our stay in Silver Springs, and would come again.


Everybody in Silver Spring's favorite coffee shop. Just the place to meet your friends and, quite often, your local council member. Abebe and Leni are unfailingly friendly and welcoming, they make the best latte in town, and, as if that weren't enough, they are strong supporters of local artists. If you only have time for one cup of joe in our town, have it here.


Super cute cafe with a home-y feel. The woman behind the counter was nice and clearly skilled at her job as she was multi-tasking effortlessly between a few orders, even though the shop was pretty slow at the time.

The rationale behind my rating is the menu/cost of my coffee. I ordered an iced latte with almond milk. The menu said $4 and I anticipated an upcharge of $.50 or $1 however my total came out to $6.24. I asked about it and she said they charge $1 for both the milk and it being an iced coffee. I didn't like that because 1) the charges weren't listed anywhere and 2) why charge extra for changing the coffee from hot to iced?

All in all, I would go back because I like to support local businesses owned by people of color. I would try other things and do some reading but I will be sure to ask about the prices beforehand.


Excellent service, high quality espresso, and delicious food. I highly recommend this gem!

Rory B.



Always lovely service and delicious drinks. If they're doing gelato this summer, I always ask for a chocolate shake and it is heavenly. The sisters who this and 146 more

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