Three L.A.-area coffee professionals have set up a multi-roaster shop in a raw space at 305 E. 8th Street in the Fashion District.
The approximately 700-square-foot Coffee Colab is the project of Humble Cup inventor Leon Li, Sonny Mediana of Taza Social Coffee House, and Williams Miyazaki of Suits & Knives Coffee Roasters. The shop will serve coffees and teas from Suits & Knives, as well as coffees from other local micros.
The straightforward drinks menu is creatively painted into a giant Chemex-shaped mural behind the bar, which features a ton of repurposed and refurbished elements, beginning with a vintage La Marzocco GS2 espresso machine and extending to fixtures like brass knuckles and a four-prong faucet knob. Ornamental elements might include a vintage Westinghouse voltmeter, a typewriter, a sewing machine and plastic action figures.
Coffee Colab is a mere 0.2 miles (a five-minute walk) from the Primrose Building, where Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters plans to open later this year.
(All photos above by Amparo Rios.)
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