From November 2015 until September 2016, I was taking improv classes once a week at the Improv for the People studio in Culver City. I loved taking those classes – it is an amazing, life-changing experience on many levels which I will write about in another post. But for now, let me just say, if you’ve always wanted to take improv but didn’t know where to start (or have other common excuses such as “I’m an introvert,” or “I’m too shy” or “I’m not an actor,”) and you live in Los Angeles, Improv for the People is for you. Sign up. Do it! You will not regret it.
I mention this because, once a week on the way to class, I would drive down San Vicente and would always see the Hermanos Coffee sign. And I would think “That is a great sign. Why haven’t I been to Hermanos Coffee, yet? I need to check it out!” and then I would promptly forget all of that until I was back driving down San Vicente the following week.
Hence, it was a real accomplishment when I remembered to suggest Hermanos when thinking of a convenient place Mid-City to meet a couple of friends for an afternoon break. And it turned out to be a great choice – comfortable, nice atmosphere, and spread out enough that it was easy to have a private conversation. I really like this little shop. I will say, because there isn’t really very much indoor seating, this is definitely a place to come on a nice day because much of the shop’s seating is outside.
But aside from the nice atmosphere, the coffee is also very good. Hermanos Coffee serves Australia’s Vittoria Coffee (organic and very delicious) and baked goods including Cofax doughnuts and small-batch granola by Sarah Bearclaw and chocolate and baked goods by Valerie Confections. I was there in the afternoon, and not the least bit hungry, so I didn’t eat anything on this visit, but I had my eye on that granola. It looked soooo good. Next time.
If I were to sum it up, I would say Hermanos Coffee is a neighborhood place. I am not sure it is worth a special trip from other parts of Los Angeles (unless you just like trekking around to find new coffee places – like I do – and then most definitely it’s worth it), but it is a perfect option if you happen to be looking for great coffee and snacks in this part of town.
about the author:
My name is Anne Stericker, and I am a writer and lifestyle consultant living in Los Angeles. And while I absolutely love Los Angeles, I also love a lot of other cities I have visited and/or lived in… cities like New York, Sydney, Paris and Rome. This is because, as far back as I can remember, I have taken immense pleasuring in finding things – both tangible and experiential — that are beautiful, practical and luxurious.
I also have a philosophy that a thing or experience need not be expensive in order to be luxurious. In fact, I firmly assert that there is zero correlation between the cost of an object or experience and how much pleasure it can bring. For me, coffee is one of those things. It can be delicious, beautiful and luxurious, and you definitely don’t have to be a millionaire to afford it. Coffee represents, perfectly, my philosophy that you can have taste, quality and luxury all at once, no matter what your budget is.