Culver City's coffee scene is getting a jolt from Zayde Naquib (Espresso Cielo) and partner Jereme Pitts' forthcoming Bar Nine Collective, a new roastery and cafe at an industrial location in the Hayden Tract, much in the vein of Downtown's Stumptown Coffee and Handsome Coffee. Currently in the final build out, the team expects to open in mid-October. The expansive venue in the midst of the area's architectural firms, creative companies, and post-production studios will serve as an ideal meeting place to grab a cup of house-roasted joe.
Naquib is focusing on the openness of the entire layout, from the automatic brewing system to the ModBar espresso machine, which hides the bulk of the equipment under the counter, leaving only the portafilter exposed. The low countertops are made from reclaimed wood, giving the gray and white space some much needed warmth. About 20 seats and plenty of standup counter space will spread across the main room, including direct viewing of the new Probat coffee roaster.
Bar Nine will bake simple coffee-friendly pastries in-house and Naquib/Pitts plan to build out a kitchen area that will allow for pop-ups and other food-related events (hence the term "collective" in the name). At the moment, the coffee scene is surging in Culver City, with Cognoscenti starting the game and Blue Bottle brewing up soon.
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