Surprised to not find any mentions of this spot on this board, as it's become one of my favorite spots to spend a pleasant couple of hours in the morning with a cup of coffee and a Sunday paper.
The house drip coffee is smooth and dark, not at all bitter--one of my favorite cups in the East Bay. (The house coffee was marked on the board as "Ethiopian Yirgacheffe" during my last visit--not sure if that ever changes.) For $1.55 a cup (with a free refill), you can't really beat it. All the coffee is fair trade and organic, mostly Ethiopian, I believe. They carry Numi bagged teas as well.
They do solid breakfast sandwiches too--quite tasty, actually. My standard order is a bacon, egg, and cheese on croissant. Nothing fancy, but the eggs are scrambled perfectly, and the bacon is nice and crisp. Really hits the spot. Prices range from $3.50 to $5.95 (for smoked salmon).
There's also a limited selection of baked goods--nothing spectacular, as far as I can tell, but they always offer to heat up your brownie or Danish in the oven, which is a nice touch. One of the place's biggest selling points is that the service is super friendly and accommodating.
Haven't tried any of the lunch options, but there's a range of sandwiches, pizzas, and salads on the menu.
Kefa is in a bit of gritty neighborhood--not unsafe, as far as I can tell, but kind of desolate and unattractive, on 29th street right before you get to the Park St. bridge to Alameda. And you have to do a kind of funky U-turn to get there, if you're coming from the other side of Oakland.
The space itself is cozy and pleasant, though. As a schoolteacher, I'm always looking for a spot to grade papers, and Kefa is perfect for that--never too crowded and, even more important, free Wi-Fi!
422 29th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601