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Boon Boona Coffee — ‘paying respect to where coffee came from’ — now open on 12th Ave

Efrem Fesaha

Boon Boona Coffee has expanded to Capitol Hill.

“Our intention was to focus on Africa,” Efrem Fesaha told CHS Thursday afternoon inside the new location for his growing coffee company centered on the continent’s place as the birthplace of the caffeinated bean. “Putting that spotlight and more attention on those countries, as an African, is something I want to do.”

The cafe, Fesaha says, is about “paying respect to where coffee came from.”

CHS reported here in January on the plans for Boon Boona’s expansion to 12th Ave taking over the former Cherry Street Coffee space across from Seattle University.

In addition to the global coffee focus, Fesaha has built Boon Boona around spotlighting local communities and creators. The first Boon Boona opened on 3rd Street in Renton’s downtown in 2018 and became a popular venue for musicians and artists.

The new 12th Ave Boon Boona doesn’t have as much space inside but sits next to 12th Ave Square Park and the James woonerf. You can imagine a Boon Boona event spilling out into the space in a post-pandemic future.

There’s also a busy neighbor next door. Capitol Hill taco counter Carmelo’s Tacos opened its first full-fledged restaurant expansion on 12th Ave to start the month.

Fesaha, who grew up in the area and remembers 12th Ave where many of his favorite East African stores and restaurants used to be, says community and culture are paired with what he hopes are delicious roasts and great pours.

“Of course, we want to provide great coffee,” Fesaha says. “We’re fortunate enough that the continent of Africa has so much available to it that all we have to do is roast it up, and the work is done.”

Boon Boona is open daily 9 AM to 2 PM at 1223 E Cherry. You can learn more at boonboonacoffee.com.


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Derek
Derek
7 days ago

Get Boona Boona all the time in Renton. Love it! More of these kind of places and less places called “URL” or whatever! lol

bea
bea
7 days ago

Been a fan of their coffee and would often make the trip to Renton to enjoy it. I am so thrilled they are successful and expanding.

Patty
Patty
7 days ago

Met the owner the day before he opened. SUPER nice guy! Definitely go check him out.

Kona
Kona
7 days ago

The coffee in Java is far better than Seattle IMO, I wonder how East African coffee compares. Is there a big coffee culture there today too?