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LA's New Counter Culture Is a Beautiful Dojo For The Coffee-Obsessed

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Silver Lake's new coffee training center will hold weekly public cuppings

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Counter Culture Coffee, Silver Lake
Counter Culture Coffee, Silver Lake
Liz Barclay

More than a year in the making, Silver Lake’s Counter Culture Coffee has finally arrived in Silver Lake. The beautiful streamline moderne building on Griffith Park Boulevard sits just steps from the likes of El Condor, Pine & Crane, and the recently opened Sawyer up on Sunset Boulevard.

Not simply a coffee shop for locals to enjoy, Counter Culture’s space is instead a training center for the industry, where coffee shops that rep the company’s brand can come and learn up on great equipment, and get more in tune with the brand’s product line. That doesn’t mean the place can’t be as stylish as any coffee spot in town, though. On site you’ll find an inviting patio, pourover bar, small kitchen, and espresso machine with wraparound bar seating, along with subtle details like single-pane original glass windows.

For anyone who would like to experience the place themselves, Counter Culture does offer weekly open coffee tastings to the public every Friday at 10 a.m. Their first kicks off next week on July 22, where a barista will walk customers through the complexities of what’s being served.

Counter Culture Coffee has done much to expand their West Coast presence in recent years, opening up a roasting operation up in Emeryville outside of San Francisco, as well as this localized training center. Other centers are coming soon to Seattle, Miami, and Dallas, which will eventually bring the total number of properties to just over a dozen nationwide.

Counter Culture Silver Lake will also host an open house tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with food from Guerrilla Tacos and Gelateria Uli.

Counter Culture Coffee Silver Lake
1601 Griffith Park Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

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