Document Coffee Bar
Located in the heart of Koreatown near Wilshire and Western, owners Sojung Kwon and Byoungok Koh have transformed a former art gallery into a sleek and modern coffeehouse, outfitted with metal schoolhouse-style chairs and light fixtures fashioned from used plastic buckets. Named after Kwon and Koh’s habit of documenting all the paperwork accumulated over their year-long opening process, the shop aims to offers a quiet and stylish hangout for local creative types—along with really good coffee.
At the bar, you’ll find pour-overs, espresso drinks, and tall hourglass-shaped devices used for Kyoto-style slow-drip coffee. Currently, single-origin coffees from Calgary roaster Phil & Sebastian and Sacramento roaster Temple Coffee are available, as well as shots of Stumptown’s Hairbender Espresso blend. You’ll also find pastries sourced from Bread Lounge, chocolates from Redland’s Parliament Chocolate, and goat’s milk caramels from Mariposa Creamery in Altadena. “Everything we sell is meant to compliment the flavors of the coffee,” says Kwon.
Kwon and Koh, both contemporary artists, hope to use the space as an exhibition gallery as well as a neighborhood coffee shop, beginning with an opening show launching on Sept. 28. For now, though, the shop looks to be one of the best craft coffee shops in Koreatown, staffed by baristas such as Kevin Yi, who previously worked at Temple Coffee in Sacramento. Document’s signature drink—a blend of cold brew coffee steeped with chicory, milk, and a touch of Grade A maple syrup—is the perfect caffeinated beverage for those exhausted by the oppressive heat.
Healing Coffee Roasters
Further west in Mid-City, coffee entrepreneur Miran Oh has opened a boutique roastery and coffee shop on Pico, just across the street from Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. The small storefront has been in operation for the past two months, using a San Franciscan roaster to prepare green coffees imported from Indonesia, Brazil, and Ethiopia. Customers can purchase whole beans, served in medicinal-looking plastic jars, pick up a 22oz bomber of house Kyoto-style cold brew, or enjoy a cup of pour-over or siphon-brewed coffee.
Aharon Coffee & Roasting Company
Set to open this Thursday in Beverly Hills, Aharon Coffee is the brainchild of former construction company owner Aharon Vaknin, who will be roasting single-origin beans in-house using a Geisen roaster and serving a variety of espresso drinks, plus cold brew, pour-over, french press, chemex and siphon-brewed coffee. You’ll also be able to pick up whole beans for home-brewing. Hooray for coffee!