Coffee shops are becoming my thing.
Not sure what qualifications set the standard for any business to become a “thing”, but if a mere adoration and borderline obsession to a place where I spend the majority of money is the only requirement, then coffee shops make the cut. After visiting so many places I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t take much for me to find a shop to delight in. A relaxing environment, decent parking, a handful of tables, more outlets than necessary, and of course the obvious: coffee.
Yesterday I found a new coffee shop that fit that description. While I wasn’t looking to study or work on blog posts, I did catch myself staying in the shop long enough for people to assume that I was. Instead, visiting Coffee for Sasquatch turned into a simple trip to see what the location looked like, to try a few items, take a couple pictures, and see if the great Sasquatch was there. He wasn’t, but I got over it thanks to the lattes and tart I ordered.
A few moments looking over the menu and talking with the barista I came to a decision. Within minutes my decision arrived to the table. The first was a hot Lavender Vanilla Latte ($6). The seasonal drink was made with the shop’s home-made vanilla syrup that was infused with lavender and was sprinkled with lavender seeds. With the cup sitting before me, my immediate thought was just how fragrant the lavender was. The robust hint of lavender that flowed upwards from the cup exuded a scent that felt like I was taking a casual stroll through a garden and not that I was on one of the busiest streets in Los Angeles. Scent aside, the taste was one I loved instantly. It was calming and relaxing and the vanilla gave a perfect sweetness to each sip. The best comparison would be to think of the purple lavender bottle that Johnson & Johnson has to put kids to sleep. Need to relax or calm your shoulders? You can skip the baby wash and order this drink. It’ll put you in a good mood.
Continuing with the latte theme I ordered an Iced Matcha Latte ($5.50). Over the years I’ve come to love everything about a matcha latte and found the same to hold true for the drink here at Coffee for Sasquatch. Reason being, it’s the kind of drink that can drastically transform based on the addition or the removal of ingredients. An extra scoop of matcha or a little more sweetner and you have an entirely unique drink that separates itself so well from how it was listed on the menu with a bit of remnants of its origin. Having it here, I went the route of including more sweetner and having it layered to become hypnotized with the gradual change in color as if it were lava lamp. It ended up giving me a delicious and effortless latte with a higher contrast and enhanced taste and flavor. Paired with the latte I had bites of the Lemon Meringue ($5). Made at a nearby bakery, Coffee for Sasquatch served such a petite and beautiful pastry. From the first few tastes it was clear that this was an item that had such a bracing taste that it was impossible to ignore. The lemon custard was bright, almost striking, and a tad on the overly sweet side. The only thing that helped alleviate what could have been a taste of too much sugar was the gentle meringue that sat atop of it all. The smooth taste was creamy yet weighted and felt as if my mouth was walking through delicious fog. Considering how sweet it the custard was, I couldn’t finish it all but the remainder of the matcha latte helped close it off nicely.
It didn’t take much for coffee shops to become my thing. A few visits to different shops, a couple of cups of latte later and it was only a matter of time before I started to spend the majority of my time within them. As quickly as I am starting to search them out, I’m always glad to discover a new place that will become a favorite. It may be a bit premature to say it, but after spending sometime in Coffee for Sasquatch I think it’s safe to say that it’s my thing. Now if I could only find the real Sasquatch to hang out with me while I’m there…
Address: 7020 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: (323) 424-7980
Hours: Monday through Saturday – 7:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday – 7:00am to 5:00pm
Social: Website, Facebook, and Instagram.
- Food tastes great
- Friendly staff
- Nice location
- Structure or street parking only