Ever since we met Efrem and tasted his coffees, we knew he belongs on any list of Seattle’s finest artisan roasters. Boon Boona only roasts African coffees, with an emphasis on top-quality beans and thoughtful sourcing. Efrem knows a thing or two about African coffees: his family is from Eritrea, a small country that borders Ethiopia. In fact, Boon Boona’s Cafe is one of the only places in Seattle to find a traditional coffee ceremony-- a hospitality ritual practiced across Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan that involves pan-roasting the beans over a fire, grinding them with a mortar and pestle, and serving the strong, dark brew from a clay jebena pot. Efrem began Boon Boona as a way to connect the East African community with responsibly-sourced, high-quality beans for home roasting. Today, his Renton cafe is an inviting, art-filled space that honors the birthplace of coffee.