Friday, October 29, 2010

Event Recap: Artisanal L.A.

all photos by Matt Schodorf
Last weekend, we were lucky enough to participate in Artisanal L.A., a grand food event bringing together the best, local edibles under one beautiful penthouse roof at the Cooper Building in Downtown. We were so happy to be visited by both new faces and regular customers throughout the weekend. And an extra thanks to and latimesblog for the kind and positive shoutouts!

We also made sure we didn't miss out on the other delicious goodies. We were especially fond of the gourmet champagne garlic mustard from SoNo Trading Company and the variety of baked goods from Cookie Casa and Bake Lab.

As part of our "artisanal" contribution we treated attendees to cups of hot and fresh Single Origin Stumptown pour overs. Though requiring a bit more patience, this special process makes it possible to taste all the subtleties of flavors in the beans, making it worth the extra wait.

 Coffee in "bloom"

 Thanks for all who came out and we hope that we can participate in another event in the future!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Oh Goodie

Our Stumptown Beans were included in Dommy Gonzalez's (from L.A. Weekly) collection of loot from this weekend's successful Artisanal L.A. food fair!

Song Share: El Guincho- Bombay

At the shop we love to play our Latin music loud and proud (you might hear us singing along too): to keep our customers and barristas in high spirits throughout the day and also to honor the strong Central American influence that has greatly inspired our cafe. Our co-owner Anya is a native of Nicaragua and we are the most well known purveyors of the popular Horchata Con Espresso.

This is a recent favorite Latin tune that has been on repeat for the past week by El Guincho, AKA Pablo Díaz-Reixa, off his new album Pop Negro. He has been described as the Spanish Panda Bear, providing deliciously layered and rich pop melodies. Here is the video for the first single, Bombay, (maybe NSFW). Hope you enjoy it and I highly recommend checking out the rest of the album!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Artisanal L.A.

It's finally happening this weekend: Artisanal L.A.'s Fall show in Downtown L.A including yours truly! We are so excited to be apart of this amazing food event featuring more than 50 other rad food "artisans" gathering in a beautiful penthouse space on Saturday and Sunday. There will be tastings, awesome cooking workshops and demos, and an in house dj to spin tunes as you eat, drink, and be merry!

When: Saturday & Sunday

October 23rd & 24th

Event Hours:  11am – 6pm

Where: The Cooper Design Space Penthouse

860 S Los Angeles St 90014 – Map It!

 Tickets can be still purchased online here for $10 or $15 cash at the door.

We are expecting a big turnout which will include food bloggers and foodies alike! Hope you can join us and feel free to say hello to us at our table where we will be brewing our best!

Cafe De Leche Represents at CicLAvia!

Our very own Christine caught in action Downtown

Last weekend in celebration of 10/10/10, some of us from CDL were amongst the impressive slew of bici-lovers to participate in CicLAvia's first mega ride through Los Angeles! For the day, 7.5 miles of wide open streets starting in East Hollywood through Westlake, Downtown, and a bit on Eastside closed down exclusively to bikers and walkers. It was a blast and we were so happy to see so many riders out in support of a sustainable and environment friendly mode of transportation which is sadly not yet as popular in L.A. But we hope the healthy trend will grow more in the coming years. We look forward to the next ride and hope that you will all join us!

Sunday, October 17, 2010


It was only time: Café de Leche has finally joined the blogosphere! In addition to keeping all our internet readers up on monthly in-cafe events, this will also be a place for sharing happenings in the Highland Park area, and some musings on our favorite things: coffee, art, and L.A.