“Caffé Vita‘s entrance into the Los Feliz/Silver Lake gateway feels like such a long time coming. Los Angeles has many coffee shops, yes, but there was definitely a bridge needed from the Vermont Starbucks to the Silver Lake Intelligentsia. Since that space inside the Vista is never really open and there was no option for a beverage pre- or post- movie or Rudy’s haircut, Vita’s entry is very well placed. How is it, though? It’s actually super duper nice and mega-chilled out.
The black and gold corner building opened its doors around two weeks ago and did not make too big a showing of it (save for a few free coffees). The exterior is markedly attractive with two murals (one of a gold Pulcinella, their mascot; another of a related monkey serving coffee) and a shining golden flower above the clear red lettered entry. Although the flower is a long time feature of the building, it twinkles in a new light now. It’s a simple statement piece and, save for the dramatic black, fills the old Uncle Jer’s space quite easily. The interior is cool greens, brick, and wood with black counters and accessories to draw the outside in. There is also an upstairs seating level and we did hear rumor of an eventual patio, too.” -Los Angeles I’m Yours
From LA Weekly:
Those who have lived in L.A. for some time may recall that Caffé Vita takes over a space once occupied by a great gift shop named Uncle Jer’s. Not that you would ever know this was once a retail store full of nifty knickknacks, fun toys and wonderful greeting cards: The space has opened up and looks bigger now than it did then, with plenty of laptop-friendly tables on the main floor and in an area upstairs. A La Marzocco espresso machine greets you when you enter, Clever drippers for brewed coffee line the counter and the shop’s excellent cold-brew is made using the Japanese-style slow drippers you’ll see standing tall behind the bar.
We’re open Monday through Friday from 6AM-10PM and Saturday through Sunday from 8AM-9PM at 4459 W Sunset Boulevard. Join us.
|Photo by James Chutter|
Reposted from Rudys.com:
Rudy’s Barbershop continues to grow its community centric shops by partnering with Seattle based coffee roasting company.
Caffe Vita will open their first California location adjacent to Rudy’s flagship location in Silverlake, formerly occupied by Uncle Jers ( 4459 Sunset Boulevard.) Both brands plan to partner on key community initiatives which will allow the 6000 sqft space to become a hub for creative events, artists, and music.
Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Company was founded in 1995 by Mike McConnell. The company pioneered Farm Direct purchasing by sourcing directly from coffee farmers across the globe, based on quality, stewardship, and sustainability. Recognized as one of the “Top Ten Cups of Coffee in the Country” by GQ Magazine, Caffe Vita has been recognized by New York Times Magazine and countless other esteemed publications.
Rachel Peacock, Store Manager at Rudy’s Barbershop in Ballard: “Like Rudy’s, Caffe Vita has always made it a priority to support the communities where they are located. It was very important for us to work with a company that values that as much as we do. Their commitment to coffee is an obsession and it extends to the entire Caffe Vita experience, which we understand and appreciate.”
Vita has been offering their famous French press coffee complimentary to Rudy’s customers and farmer’s market attendees in Ballard since last month. They will continue to brew a rotating selection in multiple locations as the relationship grows.
Mike McConnell, owner and founder of Caffe Vita: “The synergies between Rudy’s and Vita are endless, from the shared aesthetic to the connection with community and arts to the bottom line way we conduct business. I knew this would be a great fit!”
Prior to their launch in Silverlake, Caffe Vita and Rudy’s will be co-hosting a community party at Rudy’s Silverlake location that will be open to the entire neighborhood, offering complimentary coffee drinks and including a Q & A session. Please check back for dates.