Ricky Hernandez took over Coffee Coffee’s original Fairfax location in 2016. He and wife Gandi Rahadian recently built on that success by opening a more fully realized location on the corner of Melrose and Larchmont. Tectonic roaster Deaton Pigot supplies custom beans to Coffee Coffee, which they brew using a hammered copper, two-group Victoria Arduino manual lever espresso machine. Hernandez prides himself on their cortadito, a sweet Cuban-style espresso drink. He credits Straus’ “extra rich” whole milk from Petaluma for making their espresso drinks so luxurious. They also offer specials like the layered hibiscus matcha lemonade. The couple hired former Kali chef Adrian Castro and pastry chef Gisele Habib, who help make exquisite food in a casual setting. They offer house-made ham sandwiches on pressed Japanese milk bread, dress-roasted Japanese eggplant with sofrito, and serve bowls starring wild mushroom and lentils that would look at home on a museum pedestal. Crispy pasteis de nata (Portuguese egg custard tarts) are also memorable. Coffee Coffee is currently in expansion mode. They recently hosted a pop-up at the American Film Institute and will soon replace Caffe Vita across from the Vista Theatre.