Copa Vida, another specialty coffee shop, is hitting Old Town Pasadena, this time at the former redwhite+bluezz location on the corner of Green and Raymond. Former Cafe Dulce employees Frank La and Sam Hong are partnering with Steve Chang, a seasoned food business executive, to bring a full espresso, coffee, and tea bar with a multi-roaster lineup that includes the likes of Ritual Coffee, 49th Parallel, Bows & Arrows from British Columbia, Stumptown and more.
La and Hong, who previously established the popular Cafe Dulce Pop-Up in Downtown's South Park, have shown a knack for putting together a multi-roaster system in an underserved area. At the moment, only Intelligentsia serves Old Town Pasadena with a solid specialty coffee program, though Jones Coffee's warehouse-like cafe is just a stone's throw away.
As part of the 112 person capacity space, there will be a 45 capacity room for private parties, hosted events, and coffee brewing classes, latte art, and more. The cafe will eventually hold live music shows (as redwhite+bluezz once did), as well as a food program put together by a yet-to-be-determined provider. At the moment, the team is contemplating a light menu of snacks, sandwiches, and salads with the possibility of pop-up operations from aspiring chefs. In addition, the cafe is also hoping to submit a significant portion of its profits to international NGOs and non-profits.
La and Hong are targeting a soft launch sometime in July with a grand opening in August.
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