At the sidewalk tables outside, attractive hipsters enjoy a late brunch — grilled panini, poached eggs and toast, or the waffle of the day with fruit. Inside, animated with the buzz of excellent espresso drinks, still more attractive hipsters converse as soulful beats play in the background. At the counter, laminated tributes to subversive visionaries from Mother Jones to Bob Marley kindle activist sparks. Owners Andrea Ali, Keba Konte, and Rachel Konte are artists who select thought-provoking work to showcase on the walls. Never has the leftist cafe community been so tasty, creative, and mod. Organic, fair-trade coffee served.

Maybe the coolest place in the East Bay to ingest caffeine. The look pays tribute to 1970s Afro activism, with rotating art by Bay Area artists and props to cultural icons like Nina Simone and Assata Shakur. Prices are North Berkeley-steep, but considering the coffee is organic, produce is from local farmers of color, and the waffles are great, you won’t mind a little shelling out.

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Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, cash

ParkingChoice: No Parking

Attire: casual

Entertainment: DJ from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. daily

Extra Info: organic coffee, milk, grains, and most produce

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