Best Place to Drink Coffee

Editors' Pick

Zed’s Cafe is one of Silver Spring’s hip coffee shops. Photo by Michael Ventura

– Kefa Cafe
– Kaldi’s Social House
– Zed’s Cafe
– Bump ‘n Grind

Need a caffeine boost? In downtown Silver Spring, you’ll find the area’s best and funkiest collection of independently owned coffee shops. Owned by sisters Lene and Abeba Tsegaye, the warm and cozy Kefa Cafe has been a bastion of community and conversation for 20 years (there’s no Wi-Fi). The pair spread the local love by opening a hub in the Silver Spring Library in 2015. Both spots serve organic brew from Nagadi Coffee, a Silver Spring roaster. Since its expansion, Kaldi’s Social House is even more of a draw than it was, outfitted with stellar baked goods, an urban vibe and an array of comfortable seating for computer commuters. With its bohemian mishmash of furniture and knickknacks, Zed’s Cafe resembles a hipster’s living room. Along with the chai lattes, look for local artwork, live music, book club meetings and more. And then there’s Bump ‘n Grind, the combination coffee shop, vinyl record store and live music and event venue, which gets kudos for its cold brew.

Kefa Cafe, 963 Bonifant St., 240-641-8023; 900 Wayne Ave. (Silver Spring Library), 240-670-7424, Kaldi’s Social House, 918 Silver Spring Ave., 301-557-9991. Zed’s Cafe, 8225 Georgia Ave., 301-495-5614, Bump ‘n Grind, 1200 East West Highway, 301-588-8000,

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