For the longest time, it seemed like Spring Street was having all the coffee fun with so many cafes opening up over the last few years from indie sweet spots like Spring for Coffee and Tierra Mia to corporate Starbucks. Now, add another one to the list of growing coffee shops in the Historic Core, this time a couple blocks over near 6th/Los Angeles St. Elabrew Coffee just opened earlier this month and is already the new neighborhood go-to cafe for local residents looking for something new to try. Located directly across the street from Hero Shop (where you get the “perfect banh mi“), this is Elabrew’s second and funkier location with the original one still in Santa Monica near the future Bergamot Expo Line station.
Elabrew gets its name from the idea of “elevated brewing,” which owner Joy Park decided to pursue being a coffee fanatic herself. The downtown shop carries three different kinds of roasted coffee beans: Ceremony, Kuma, and Ritual. Operations manager and expert barista, Alex Corona, can be spotted here often who tells me the Elabrew experience is more than just a cup of coffee. A lot of thought went into the design for the space itself with artist Joerael Elliott at the helm. The walls are covered in murals inspired by The Magician tarot card with symbolic meanings. For example, there is a large green snake that is devouring itself, which represents infinity. Elliott’s main goal was to blend the coffee experience with an artistic one inspired by the industrial nature of the space.
Elabrew Coffee is located 127 E 6th Street on the ground floor of the Santa Fe Lofts.