Copa Vida | Pasadena

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Brewing up a storm on the corner of Green Street and Raymond Avenue in Old Town Pasadena, Copa Vida is more than just another “local” coffee shop. Occupying a space just feet from the Del Mar Station and Memorial Park, Copa Vida has lived up to it’s name as a true breath of fresh air and is one espresso bar to look out for.

Offering only the highest in quality espresso drinks and teas, Copa Vida brings it back to the basics with a menu that reflects it’s motto– coffee, tea, food, and life. No artificial syrups or elaborate specialty drinks here. Just pure, simple, quality coffee.

What’s more, the freshman coffee shop is the closest thing to authentic italian roast that we’ve seen in Los Angeles. Venture away from those sugary icy slush drinks and get your day started with a fresh pressed shot of espresso served with a crisp glass of sparkling water. Or enjoy a cup of loose leaf tea steeped to order, of course.

Craving a bite? Copa Vida also offers an exceptional food menu that includes Chef Erick Lee’s flavor heavy sandwiches and salads with only the freshest of seasonal ingredients. A personal The Squirrel Co. favorite is the Roasted Veggie Sandwich featuring roasted bell peppers, mushroom, eggplant, zucchini, ricotta cheese and arugula.

Committed to serving espresso that is both equitable and sustainable for all (from coffee farmers to roasters to baristas), Copa Vida is a company we back full-heartedly. Visit Copa Vida at it’s Old Town location (70 S. Raymond Ave.) or check the Copa Vida website..

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Square One at the Boathouse | Echo Park

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Echo Park Coffee ShopTravel down Glendale Blvd. towards downtown and you’ll run into the newly renovated Echo Park Lake, home of Square One at the Boathouse. This lakeside breakfast and lunch spot serves homemade pastries, a variety of menu items made from locally grown ingredients and coffee brewed from L.A. based coffee company, Intelligentsia. This off shore cafe offers spectacular views of Echo Park Lake as well as some of the best views of the Downtown L.A. skyline. For those gentlemen that like their coffee with a side of adventure, the boathouse also offers boat rentals for rides around the lake. The Squirrel Co. readers can find this summer-like getaway at 751 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90026 or visit their site at www.squareonedining.com.