Monday, November 04, 2013

Kaldi's - the Coffee Shop Silver Spring Has Been Waiting For

Since it has gotten to the point where I am being shamed by commenters into posting, I am finally starting to work through my backlog of planned posts. Here's the first...

Kaldi's Coffee Bar, the new café on Silver Spring Avenue, has been open a couple weeks now, and based on the brisk business it's been doing the handful of times I've stopped in, seems to quickly be building up a customer base. (It's been getting excellent reviews on Yelp! and elsewhere, not always the case with newly-opened businesses.)

The quality of coffee is excellent - they serve Counter Culture Coffee brewed through a cutting-edge "Steampunk" system. However, the highlight for me thus far has been their selection of pastries and other baked goods, made in-house daily. I'm encouraged to keep going back simply to sample more of the enticing items in their display case. I've certainly taken maximum advantage of the sample tray that sits on the front counter.

How many can you jam in your mouth before the barista turns around?
There's a good-sized seating area with decor that is perhaps a bit more unconventional than that of its local competition (in a good way). There seems to be a mix of opinions on the large wooden chairs, though they were comfortable enough for the short spans I've sat in them. Also, they have free Wi-Fi, which isn't always a given.

Photo from Kaldi's website

I'm not sure how their background music is chosen, but the last time I was there they were playing very dramatic orchestral music, which, thanks to SoundHoud, I was able to determine was from an action sequence in Pirates of the Caribbean. A bit odd for a coffee shop (or anywhere), but I'll chalk that unusual selection up to a flaw in a Pandora algorithm or something. There's also a TV, though I find this a bit distracting, as I lack the ability to look away.

Kaldi's is a welcome addition to Silver Spring, and despite not being in close proximity to DTSS, still seems to be doing a good business, boding well for its longevity. It certainly beats Starbucks, and while some may remain loyal to more established Silver Spring coffee shops, I highly recommend giving it a try.


Anonymous said...

I'm beyond impressed by the quality of Kaldi's. To have it on a side street of Fenton Village that's across from vacant (soon to be Studio Plaza) land, is an awesome score. It's like hitting the local business jackpot.

bajira said...

The espresso con panna and flaky croissant were delectable. Was curious about the "black bull" only because the listed price was "???" They may have the $3+ pricing up now. Next time I go, will ask for coffee via that steam doohickey which is allegedly "the only one on the east coast" and can make a French press cup in 60 seconds. "You should see it in motion! It's like breaking bad!"

Easley St said...

Can't wait to try this new place!

Joe Davidson said...

Kalid's wide tables and "lean back" chairs make it difficult to have a conversation with your table mates. It is a great setup for doing office work over their wifi.

Kefa Cafe is the opposite. Their tables and rooms are small allowing intimate conversation. Their lack of wifi ( which is deliberate ) discourages making the cafe into your office.

Allen said...

Kaldi's is a very welcome addition to the downtown. Latte's are great, pastries are over the top, and the feeling is laid back. Wish them great success,

Anonymous said...

Kaldi's is fantastic. The pastry case is a work of art. The wide lounge chairs are a bit too reclined, even with the pillow.

I like the communal tables as well. They allow for more people to gather, instead of one person taking up a table for two.

Let's keep this place going!

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its not on the menu board but ask for a flat white- its 5 oz of velvety steamed milk poured over 2 espresso shots- awesome treat

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