elm coffee roasters…

my love & respect for coffee culture hasn’t wavered. i’ve recently decided that if i’m visiting a city, that i will bring back some locally roasted coffee from a shop. it’s an easy keepsake, that packs well & that i can enjoy for weeks, while i remember facets of my trip. for my second time in seattle, i had a chance to swing by pioneer square & visit elm coffee roasters. it was an airy space, in a gorgeous old building with room for a roaster, taking center stage. the wood work & the thoughtfully designed space lends itself to the amazing light that creeps in from the street windows. i think i’m most drawn to coffee shops with minimal design & the least amount of distractions. yes, the “bells & whistles” are great, but if i’m going out of my way to visit a shop, i want the focus on the coffee & the service. much like la, there is no shortage of coffee shops, but this one was high on my list to experience. the staff were so inviting & my drink was expertly crafted, but i enjoyed the sounds of people hanging out “talking shop”. the customers were gathered near the bar with the staff asking questions. i’ve learned to appreciate this mini education everywhere i go. i want & look forward to the crew telling me what i should try & what they are most proud of. as someone who works in the service industry myself, i’m always impressed with the level of excitement & pride each shop has. if you’re near pioneer square, pay this place a visit! 

elm coffee roasters  |  240 2nd avenue south seattle, wa 98104

#locallyinspired | let’s do larchmont with domino magazine

i had such a great time working with domino magazine regarding their #locallyinspired series. i wanted to chose a part of los angeles that is relatively not on most peoples’ radar: larchmont village. enjoy the original tour here

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paramount coffee project la…

on a quite wednesday, i ventured over to the fairfax district towards the newly opened paramount coffee project la. a much awaited arrival to this aussie colab between mark dundon, russell beard, & ping jin ng. Aside from the exceptional drinks, the design will impress you every step of the way. the space is long yet inviting & you feel the warmth amidst the concrete details & hanging vines. i was immediately welcomed by a caring staff that poured a signature creamy flat white, but pair this with the ruby tea (hints of gin-like juniper!). i will certainly add this place to my go-to coffee list –  m.

paramount coffee project  |  456 N Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036


lamill coffee in silverlake…

i was recently invited to lamill coffee in silverlake,  to taste some of their new brunch fair & it was so delicious! i had a great time with friends & ended up staying for hours. I had forgotten how lovely the space was & can be for an intimate lunch or a late night snack. 

lamill coffee 1636 silver lake blvd, los angeles, ca 90026

recent coffee hangs…

it’s a great time to be in los angeles. coffee culture keeps growing & the community is an ever-changing group of smart, passionate individuals who love serving. people have really embraced the ritual of meeting friends & sharing while over a cup of coffee.

here are some of my most recent coffee hangs… 

the assembly cafe  | 634 n. robertson blvd, west hollywood, CA 90069

verve coffee roasters  |  833 s. spring street. los angeles, CA 90014

scapegoat coffee  |  25 pier ave hermosa beach, CA 90254

superb food + bread  |  1900 s. lincoln blvd, venice, CA 90291

go get em tiger  |  230 n. larchmont blvd, los angeles, CA 90004

cofax coffee  |  440 n. fairfax ave, los angeles, CA 90036