Owned by Rwandan genocide survivor Jack Karuletwa, Silverback Coffee of Rwanda aims to help coffee farmers in the East African country gain resources for empowerment and partners with the Rwandan government to improve the quality of care of the endangered Silverback gorilla by serving high-quality coffee. Their beans are grown exclusively on small farms, but privy to some of the best coffee-growing conditions in the world, with volcanic soils, abundant rainfall, and high-altitude mountains that create a more concentrated flavor. Not only that, but Karuletwa guides coffee drinkers in making the most of their cup with advice that ranges from proper storage to the right type of grind to suggested water to coffee proportions. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and fresh pastries can be ordered to enjoy with your coffee.
How to order: Order online or in person.
Rwanda native Jack Karuletwa roasts African beans in Boyle Heights (where his roastery-café is currently closed) and brews them at the Echo Park spinoff at the base of the historic Jensen's Recreation Center building. The space features framed Burlap coffee sacks on a brick wall, central bar with an aqua stained wood panel base, and large logo of the company’s majestic namesake animal. The company donates to Gorilla Doctors and benefits other charitable organizations back in Rwanda. Visitors can order unadulterated African coffees that Karuletwa sources. Flavored nitro coffees are also popular, including cinnamon and frothy vanilla oat. This location has a more robust food menu than the Boyle Heights original, including breakfast wraps, salads, and sandwiches, with several vegan options.
How to order: Walk-ins are welcome, though it’s possible to order ahead online and via Uber Eats or by calling 213-318-5048.