Copa Vida: Coffee, Tea, Food and Harmony

Monday, April 20, 2015 | 4:07 pm

coffeeIn Los Angeles, coffee shops are ubiquitous.  When you cut through the noise, some coffee shops serve different purposes: some are quick, some are trendy, some are meant for lounging, some offer quality ingredients, and every once in a while, you get the full package.

Copa Vida in Pasadena offers all of the above and are only trying to improve.

Explains Copa Vida’s Frank La, “We are not so much product obsessed, but we are customer experience obsessed. We are obsessed with product quality, because we want to be able to serve and give our customers the best experience possible.”

As part of Copa Vida’s commitment to give customers the best experience, it has recently launched its own roasting program. “Now we’re roasting our own coffee instead of sourcing it. But prior to that we were working with a lot of different roasters around the country,” says Frank.

And because Copa Vida believes in providing variety, it also takes tea seriously.

“When we opened our cafe, we wanted to elevate our tea experience as much as we did with our coffee,”  says La. “We wanted to give our customers our finished product even in terms of tea. One of the ways that we achieved that is through our machine called Alpha Dominche.”

retail bagsThis machine is able to control three variables: the infusion process, speed time application, and temperature. The result is magnificent tea. “We actually sell more tea than we do coffee in terms of brewed coffee versus tea,” Frank says.

Apart from the own roasting program and the focus on tea, another perk at Copa Vida is their menu filled with homemade breads and yummy pastries. “We make all of our sandwiches, our aioli’s, and we even make our in-house bread,” says Frank.

The next time you’re searching for the perfect spot for a coffee and a delicious pastry (that’s not tasteless and stale) with some room to stretch, cut through the noise and try Copa Vida.  You might just get hooked.

Copa Vida Cafe is located at 70 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 213-3952 or visit

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