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?|
|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.