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Spring for Coffee Opens for Walk-Up Traffic

By Pamela Rouse
Published: Monday, March 16, 2009, at 12:51PM
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Co-owner Archie Hernandez trains a barista on Spring for Coffee's new register.

In perhaps the urban equivalent to the drive-through, Spring for Coffee opened last week in a Spring street space that's just a touch over 200 square feet. While it isn't a place to sit and read the newspaper, the cafe, just north of 6th street, is well-placed to serve the pedestrian commuter.

Early business has been good, perhaps in part thanks to the freshly brewed Intelligentsia coffee. Co-owner Archie Hernandez explained that all the coffee the shop serves has been harvested within the past 3 - 6 months and freshly roasted within the last week. He explained as he served a fresh latte, "This coffee you are drinking was roasted last Thursday." He went on to say that if they can't get freshly harvested coffee they'll look for other distributors.

The freshness extends to the pastries as well. Hernandez advised that the pastries are delivered daily at 5:30am from Santa Monica. "We don't serve day old pastries."

Business partners Hernandez and "Maru" Nagano are trying their fresh coffee business concept out Downtown before possibly expanding within another year. Asked if we'd get another location in downtown, he said it was possible, perhaps in Little Tokyo.

Spring For Coffee / 548 S. Spring / Los Angeles, CA 90013 / Hours: 6am-7pm M-F, 7am-5pm Sat, 8am-2pm Sun

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