One of the most exciting aspects of creating a neighborhood popup store in a hip, but exacting coffee shop in Culver City, CA is the gathering or passing by, of the most interesting, diverse and eclectic group of people. Architects, tech folks, furniture designers, coffee fanatics, eaters, food foragers, like me; world citizens, all curious about delicious, beautiful, local food and the stories behind them. Most visitors arrive at Cognoscenti Coffee shop in search of the best coffee in LA, a different method of brewing it, or the nuance of the milk to the espresso taste in a bistro glass “cup”.
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting an artist of Dutch and Indonesian descent who creates installation pieces and has written a theses around the curiosity and unfamiliarity of food, while teaching photography in one of the city colleges. And later the same day a young woman whose mother is Japanese and father Algerian, about to marry a musician and performance artist with a Mexican mother, and Egyptian father. Then there was the older Angeleno couple who float between LA and Florence, cooking, eating and writing cookbooks in between. I love meeting everyone!
Thursdays' popups often turn into an after hours dinner party of friends and neighbors drinking Martian Winery Grenache Blanc and fabulous Egyptian style beer from our friends up the street at Bar & Garden, along with takeout Hollywood Pies or Annapurna paneers. Saturdays bring in new Culver neighbors throughout the day, seeking out their perfect Cognoscenti cappuccino or single origin pour over. I always look forward to my next popup and the people I will meet.