Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Baby Butterfly Coffee in El Segundo

There's so many coffee places in LA now that I think we can say it's a culinary epidemic. The bully forefront to gentrification, the roasted bean aroma permeates communities across our city. I had participated on an artist panel at the El Segundo Museum down the block. It was a day of light rain and so close to the ocean, it felt good to walk down with my baseball cap on and walk into what was a bustling cafe, slightly moist by the raindrops. Last minute details on the artwork by the frantic curator and her artists for the opening in the next thirty minutes, folks drinking and eating, and an active staff behind the counter. I met the owner and he told me that he lives on the block and when the cafe was up for sale, he jumped on it and changed his career path. When i come upon a new coffeeshop, I inevitably order a pour over. You can learn a lot about a place when you watch their pouring process and how it tastes. It's like ordering the tamago-yaki at a sushi restaurant or the refried beans at a Mexican restaurant. Well, wouldn't you know it, the head guy gave a newbie step by step direction for my pour over. Someone who really even be called a barista yet. The coffee was good, drinkable but yikes. And yet, you can't help but root for this place. You can feel that their heart is in the right place, adventurous and new. 351 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

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