LA Coffee Club

LA Coffee Club

On the map since Apr 2015

L.A. Coffee Club wants to keep the momentum of our region’s coffee community development going. Our events celebrate the coffee culture of Los Angeles, including coffee table conversations and workshops, live music and performance art, discussion panels, and more. These events aim to spark creative discussion over a cup of craft coffee.

3764 Motor Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
United States
  • Community

    “Iron Barista Challenge Builds Coffee Community in L.A.” The people of Westeros have the Ironborn, the people of Los Angeles have the Iron Baristas. Ok, the California compeition probably draws more from Iron Chef than the Seven Kingdoms of Game of Thrones, but still… Well, no, actually, the competition is really nothing like the seaborn raiding and piliging that the natives of the Iron Islands are best known for, and it is very similar to the Iron Cheftelevision show, so that is certainly where the inspiration (in part) came from. That plus the Thurday Night Throwdown philosophy of bringing together the local coffee community for fun, compeition and collegiality.  Teams of two or three baristas compete to make specialty drinks out of ingredients that are only revealed to them at the last minute. Adam Scott Paul from LA Coffee Club emceed the most recent installment of the Iron Barista competition which took place on the last Thursday in May. Angelinos took the Thursday Night Throwdown to a whole new level on Thursday night, May 29. The Third Iron Barista Challenge, hosted by Demitasse and Chimney, pitted teams of baristas against each other as they had to make signature drinks using coffee, tea and/or espresso combined with mystery bags of ingredients. The first round saw eight teams from across the city (representing Compelling and Rich,Augie’s, Fix, Chimney, Cognoscenti, Demitasse, True and Brave and others) make signature drinks in 15 minutes using Thai curry, almond butter, Thai chilies, bay leaf, tamarind paste and strawberry Pocky. The judges (Tien Ngyuen of LA Weekly, Anna Scott of KCRW and Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen) scored them on overall taste, coffee factor, creativity/use of ingredients and presentation. Making one of the drinks. All 8 eight teams were ranked and the top two teams (Demitasse and Fix) went head-to-head in a second round, where new mystery ingredients had to be used – strawberries, coconut milk, spam, green tea aero bars and licorice. But there was a twist. With just eight minutes to go, a new ingredient was thrown into the mix – maggi – that teams had to use. Ultimately, Demitasse came out on top making a maggi – strawberry tea served next to a coconut milk, licorice and green tea aero bar cortado with spam covered in cinnamon on the side.   Drink up!   Baristas Jesse Madrid, Denise Maldonado, and Alex Rankin created the winning concotion and claimed the title of the third Iron Barista Challenge. We love seeing new and inventive ways to gather the coffee community together and mix-up the competition aspects of a throwdown. Not that there’s anything wrong with a straight up latte art competition, but thing like the Iron Barista Challenge are also great and can obviously be a really fun time for baristas and spectators alike. If you get up to something similar in your neck of the woods, let us know about it! We love to support and promote this great community of ours!

  • Environment

    We Support Local Roasters As a local distributor of specialty coffee - we focus on finding the best coffee in town, and delivering it to your door.  We donate our spent coffee grounds to community garden projects and take part in the Palms Bike Safety Rodeo which is a Zero-Waste event.  We don't use sugar packets or plastic straws & all of our Cold Brew Coffee cups are Eco-Friendly PLA Compostable, Renewable & Recyclable.

  • Social

    In what became the most popular and in-depth exhibit the Think Tank has produced to date, Avi Roth: Coffeegraph brought players from DTLA’s exploding craft coffee scene under the same roof to celebrate the urban phenomenon that is craft roasting. While Avi’s art was certainly the focus, the gigantic Think Tank creative team used the opportunity to explore what we found interesting about coffee, and discovered that mostly it was the various strains of social structure that are stuck together through this magical chemical compound. We decided to put together a sort of festival of coffee, planning 21 events in 21 days (ended up having closer to 16) after teaming up with LA Coffee Club, who brought in the most highly-curated names in LA coffee. From a YouTube brand integration panel to a Wu Tang VHS Kung Fu Pajama Party, and from Chess Boxing to sword swallowing, the Think Tank served as a cultural hub for a month, bringing in all sorts of audiences during the hours we ran a pop up coffee shop in the middle of the gallery. It was a show of firsts for us, bringing everything from our first real partnerships to our first self-produced and well-attended events. Check out the video above, see a list of Think Tank contributors here, and look out for their next big show!

  • Employees Culture

    We offer community tastings & brewing workshops where anyone can learn how to make amazing coffee everyday!

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