Yesterday I met with Leo Li and his new partner, Sonny Mediana, at Sonny’s recently opened coffee house, Taza, near the Santa Anita racetrack and down the street from the Arboretum in Arcadia. Leo and Sonny have just created The Humble Cup, which Your Local Hive will be launching on July 21st at our Donut Making & Coffee Brewing Workshop. Leo is a Q coffee grader, a barista at Cognoscenti in Culver, and in his spare time inspects coffee farms, coaches barista competitions, consults start-up coffee shops, and is now roasting his own micro lots of coffee. The Humble Cup is taking Leo’s expertise, choosing beans from small farms in Ethiopia, Colombia, Indonesia or Costa Rica, micro roasting the beans, and sealing them in mini vacuum packets, the size of instant cocoa. Each packet comes with a paper filter designed and copyrighted in Japan. Humble Cup packets are ready to rip open and are equipped with everything you need to create your own perfect pour-over! Seems like a brilliant invention for any number of coffee fanatics on the go; working in an office, camping in the Sequoias, out in your garden, driving up the coast, or away on business, or anywhere you might find yourself stranded without a decent cup of joe. The Humble Cup is not your Sanka of the past; its coffee that tastes so good, its as if it has just been ground in front of you, with notes of nutty, caramel, citrus, sweet, chocolate or hints of blueberry; everything we’ve grown accustomed to in our daily coffees!
The Humble Cup Leo made me today had many of those tastes, and was a perfect cup; not too watery, not too bitter, and just as perfect as the Americanos he makes for me at Cognoscenti. I must admit though, the coffee tasting experience was also fully enhanced by the multi berry lightly glazed brioche donut, the three of us shared from Donut Snob, that Taza sells on weekdays. OMG. It's rare that I eat a donut, but these really got me ready and excited for Clémence and Malcolm Gossett next week! Guess I'll just have to pedal more miles!
Here are a few photos of Leo and Sonny in Taza with The Humble cup, and then, of our celebratory lunch at 101 Noodles afterward. A great way to discover the local hive of Arcadia!!