1. Bicycle Coffee
Bicycle coffee holds a special appeal for the Ecochella team, ‘cause they’re also all about bike power. They roast quality, sustainably grown coffee locally and then deliver their beans from roasting plant to cafe by bicycle! Talk about taking sustainability to the next level by cutting that carbon footprint way down. They keep their operation simple and localized to maintain high quality business practices. Bicycle Coffee offers four coffee options from Latin America and Ethiopia.
You can visit the Bicycle Coffee cafe and roastery at 5427 Santa Monica Blvd or find them posted up at the Hollywood Farmers Market at 1600 Ivar Ave on Sundays.
2. Funnel Mill
Coffee aficionados, this one’s for you. Visit this Santa Monica coffee and tea shop if you’re looking for the ultimate combination of sustainability and quality. Funnel Mill has an extensive selection of unique, single-estate coffees from all across the world, which they syphon brew. All of their coffee beans are organic, and many are also certified biodynamic (i.e. organically and consciously grown)!
Funnel Mill is open Monday through Saturday at 930 Broadway in Santa Monica.
*Fun Fact: a special feature of this particular sustainable coffee house is its (in)famous Sumatran Kopi Luwak coffee. These beans have been chemically treated and fermented to give them their distinctive flavor—and guess where all of this treatment takes place? In the stomach of the Luwak civet cat. The civet cat eats the whole coffee cherry and the beans remain whole throughout the digestive process, where it acquires its distinctive taste. Locals then collect the excreted Kopi Luwak beans from the forest floor, clean them, and then roast them like any other coffee bean. Kopi Luwak is smooth and syrupy in body, with a rich, heavy flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate. If you want to try Kopi Luwak, you’ll have to make a reservation; Kopi Luwak is a special experience that requires its own cupping appointment.
3. Groundwork Coffee
A past Ecochella vendor and a fan favorite. What originally started 25 years ago as a small coffee house and rare/used bookstore in Venice Beach has turned into the largest certified organic coffee roaster in Los Angeles. Groundwork Coffee brings consciousness to their entire production chain— from their fair trade, relationship-based organic coffee sourcing to their solar-powered, low-emissions roasting technology. You can try their organic coffee at any one of their eight Los Angeles locations (or you can buy a bag of their beans at Whole Foods in Westwood).
You may know Toms for its shoes, but the sustainable and socially-conscious company now has its foot in the door of the coffee business as well. As part of the Toms “one for one” campaign, every bag of Toms coffee you purchase provides a week’s supply of safe water to a person in need. They source their coffee beans from Malawi, Peru, Rwanda and El Salvador and partner directly with communities they source from. Visit the Toms flagship store and cafe on Abbot Kinney in Venice for a coffee and locally-baked vegan pastry. While you’re there, you can check out their shoes and sunglasses in their shop too.
5. The Wheelhouse
With its joint coffee and bike repair shop set-up, The Wheelhouse will keep both you and your bike running smoothly. Nestled in the Arts District, The Wheelhouse wants to be a community hub where you can swing by for a coffee while your bike is serviced. You may also want to explore their shop, which features artisan bike products that combine style and function. Their store will keep you stylin' on your morning commute and can also equip you for a weekend bike trip.
You can visit The Wheelhouse at 1375 E. 6th Street #6.