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Copa Vida Brewing Coffee in Former redwhite+bluezz

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

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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Copa Vida

70 S Raymond Ave Pasadena, CA 91105