Los Angeles is a melting pot for all types of cultures. It’s one of the places in the U.S. where you can satisfy your exact craving, all while supporting your local community. For instance, we have the opportunity to indulge ourselves in pastries and coffee shops that support our raza. And nothing is better than spending our hard-earned money on our people’s dreams.
With that being said, here are five Latine-owned coffee shops in the Los Angeles area that are perfect for getting your caffeine fix! Some you may have already tried or heard of, while others are hidden treasures. All of them have one thing in common, though — they are owned by hard-working Latines that are building spaces to serve their beloved community.
Let’s dive in!
Okay, so I have to admit it — I love puns. It’s really the small things that make your days brighter. So when I read this vegan cafe and bakery’s name, I knew I had to make my way to Frogtown. This gem of a spot is owned by Polish and Mexican Justine T. Hernandez, who slowly but surely expands her carefully curated empire. One of the notable highlights of this particular cafe and bakery is that their variety of baking goods rotates each day, depending on what she finds in the local farmer’s market. A local spot that sources from their local farmer’s market? Sounds like a win-win to me. 2029 Blake Ave #104 Los Angeles, CA 90039
Here at BELatina News, we love to support our Latine-owned vendors, especially those who are immigrant-owned. We will always try our best to incorporate stories from our people to help support them in any way. Ecuamex is, as its name implies, a blended product from Ecuadorian owner Karen Misheal Jacho Alban and Mexican owner Esteban Altamirano. The mobile coffee cart resulted from the global pandemic halt when the two founders decided to create this space to serve their community in Downey. So, why not support their coffee shop dream? 8321 Firestone Blvd Downey, California 90241
If you live in Southern California, chances are you may have seen a Porto’s location before. This Cuban family-owned empire is huge — and with reason! Their specialized coffee and pastries bring Cuba to SoCal, and with that, they bring a piece of their rich culture to our taste buds. My personal favorite is the cortadito, but I get myself the iced dulce de leche latte when I am feeling spoiled. And don’t forget the cheese rolls! Man, are we spoiled in Los Angeles. Multiple locations.
Tierra Mia is another empire that has notably expanded in the last decade across the SoCal area. It’s incredible to have seen the expansion happen right before my eyes. It’s also encouraging, especially in an area plagued with endless Starbucks locations (which we love, but, I mean, do they have Latine-inspired flavors?) Founded in 2008 by Mexican Ulysses Romero, the specialized coffee is now serving 15 locations in Los Angeles, three in Orange County and one in Northern California. So if you’re in the area and looking for a caffeinated drink, don’t hesitate to try their “Mocha Mexicano” or their “Rice and Beans” drink, a blend of coffee and horchata. Multiple locations.
Personally, the Latin founded family-owned Café De Olla restaurants serve the best iced café de olla I’ve ever tasted in Los Angeles. The Mexican-American restaurant, bakery, and coffee shop currently has two locations in Burbank and Monrovia. I frequently visit the Monrovia location, which serves my favorite combination of tasty and authentic chilaquiles verdes paired up with the iced coffee drink. In the front part of the restaurant, you can order their pastries and coffee to go, while in the back, there’s a space to dine in. And trust me, their drinks and dishes don’t disappoint! Two locations.