There's a new coffee shop in downtown Leesburg inside Black Walnut Brewery at 212 S. King Street. Leesburg resident Patrick Wilt opened Black Walnut in 2016, and his new bride Molly officially launched Kahvila Coffee on July 22.
The Times-Mirror recently sat down with Molly over a cup of coffee to discuss her new business venture.
How did you decide to open a coffee shop?
I was looking for a career change and wanted do something where we could build a place for friendship and community. I do love coffee and have always had a passion for it.
Where does your coffee come from?
We sell Caffe Amouri out of Vienna. It has been my favorite coffee for years. I grew up in Fairfax and have always enjoyed their coffee. We are the only coffee shop in Leesburg to sell their coffee.
Have you ever owned a business?
I have never owned a business, but I was a preschool director for several years. I took classes at Amouri to learn how to make the coffee drinks.
What is on the menu?
We have all the typical coffee drinks, including matcha latte, chai latte, espresso, flavor shots, non-dairy milks and oat milk is a big hit.
What is your favorite?
I love white chocolate mocha.
Where did the name Kahvila come from?
It means cafe in Finnish, and I thought it was a unique and different name. I also have a Finnish heritage in my family.
Besides coffee, what else do you sell?
We have fresh pastries everyday from Baguette Republic in Sterling. Each day they bring a different assortment of scones, muffins and croissants.
What type of seating do you have?
Downstairs there is a coffee bar with high-top tables and bar area, which becomes our brewery in the afternoon and evening. There is also a lounge area upstairs and rocking chairs on the front porch. We also have great meeting space for businesses and groups. We want to create a sense of community here and look forward to welcoming groups for meetings and events.
Kahvila Coffee House is open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to noon.