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Ethiopian Coffee Culture Comes to Uptown

Ethiopian Coffee Culture Comes to Uptown
Anfilo Coffee: a different kind of cafe. Credits: Luke Tsai

Anfilo Coffee (35 Grand Avenue), the new Uptown Oakland brick-and-mortar coffee shop whose Grand Lake Farmers’ Market stall (then called “Jébeena”) What the Fork highlighted last summer, is finally open, after several months of permitting and construction delays. The husband-and-wife owners, Ambessaw Assegued and Dagmawit Bekele, practice the traditional rituals of Ethiopian coffee culture and hope to bring their unique style of coffee service to a wider customer base.

The cafe had its soft opening last Friday, January 18, and hours are tentatively set for 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. A full-on grand opening celebration will coincide with February 1’s First Friday festivities — to mark the occasion, the cafe will have the work of a local photographer, Diallo Mwathi Jeffery, on display.