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Tactile Coffee Is Downtown’s Fantastic New Mobile Espresso Truck

Now pouring in the Fashion District

Tactile Coffee, Downtown
Tactile Coffee, Downtown
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

There’s a new entrant into Downtown’s continually-expanding coffee scene, as brothers Mike and Eric Yi bring Tactile Coffee to the streets of the Fashion District. Setting up daily at Towne and 10th, the matte black mobile operator keeps weekday hours for the neighborhood.

Think of Tactile as a mobile modbar on steroids. The brothers utilize Counter Culture Coffee for their range of espresso drinks, while also making most of their syrups and add-ins from scratch, including a Blackstrap molasses syrup and the spice blend necessary for their proprietary chai latte.

Brother Eric Yi spent time previously on the Ludo truck and on the catering side of places like Animal, while Mike worked for years at a small roastery in Dallas, TX before moving to LA. Hours for Tactile right now are weekdays only in the Fashion District, normally from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are eventual plans to potentially open up a physical space, but for now both men say they are happy pulling shots for the Downtown weekday crowds.