Verve Coffee Roasters
This airy, Santa Cruz-based cafe "bridges the gap from farm level to street level" with cold-brew, cold-pressed, and probiotic drinks, along with sweets from Short Cake and salads from Belcampo Meat Co.
This Santa Cruz import from Colby Barr and Ryan O’Donovan made a great first impression, with its first LA shop brightening an emerging part of Downtown, and others popping up around the city. The Arts District outpost, which debuted in 2019, is the most ambitious to date, complete with a glass-fronted Roastery Del Sur; three space-age Kees van der Westen espresso machines; 18 taps devoted to flash brew, flavored lattes, and specialty drinks in an upstairs tasting lab; and a patio sporting stylish orange, black and grey tiles. Before COVID-19 hit, this SoCal flagship served the city’s largest coffee mocktail menu, including rosemary grapefruit flash brew and a Cascara Negroni with coffee cherry vermouth and house-made juniper tonic. During the pandemic, they’ve pared down, but even their standard drinks shine. Verve Roastery Del Sur also touts an impressive food menu, including a smoked salmon toast and a breakfast sandwich with house maple bacon, everything-spiced hash brown, egg, cheddar, and sundried tomato jam. They also sell a 96-ounce coffee box that caffeinates eight to ten people and stock a full “pantry” with items like Verve maple granola, mixed berry jam, and nitro flash brew cases.
How to order: Schedule pickup online.