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Copa Vida

Restaurants, Cafés Old Town
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
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Photograph: Michael JulianoThe brightly lit interior.
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Photograph: Michael JulianoTi Guan Yin iced tea.
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Photograph: Michael JulianoSmoked turkey melt.
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Photograph: Michael JulianoCounter service, with the Alpha Dominche Steampunk visible in the center.
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Photograph: Michael JulianoBaked goods from Cake Monkey Bakery.
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Photograph: Michael JulianoSlow bar.
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Photograph: Michael JulianoThree rotating teas and one additional special are served cold on tap at Copa Vida  
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Photograph: Michael JulianoThe view toward Castle Green.

Old Pasadena has its humble share of boutique cafés, but Copa Vida offers the entire gamut of coffee and tea experiences: A $2-a-cup honor bar during morning rush hour, traditional counter service, an upscale slow bar experience and live music on weekend nights. Oh, and did we mention brunch? The front section of the clean, bright space views the enchanting Castle Green, while the side room offers a more conversational-yet-intimate environment anchored by a dark wood mailbox cabinet, a leftover from the space’s days as a wine club (owner Steve Chang plans on repurposing the unit for a bean and leaf membership club). Behind the counter, Frank La and Sam Hong (Café Dulcé Pop-Up) manage a fleet of sleek contraptions that offer tastes to match their looks, particularly with a lever pull of the refreshing teas on tap—standouts are the floral Ti Guan Yin and the tastes-like-Christmas Endurance. 

By: Michael Juliano


Venue name: Copa Vida
Address: 70 S Raymond Ave
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm; Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 8am-9pm
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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With so many choices for coffee shops in town, whenever I want the cafe life, I opt for Copa Vida. They serve up the best combination of great coffee with all the bells and whistles, with good service, ambiance, work-friendly conditions and tasty food. You can easily spend hours there and be fully comfortable.

I often go there and co-work with a friend or even by myself. Their back room consists of people mainly on laptops and you never feel rushed to leave. 

I love their signature cold brew on a warmer day as well as their hot coffee drinks. One of my favorite food choices is their deceptively simple turkey sandwich with cheese and basil. It is completely airy and light while packing in so many fresh flavors.

As a cafe experience, Copa Vida lacks nothing.

By far thee best coffee shop I have ever been to. Their lattes, chai tea lattes and matcha tea lattes are all so delicious. Love making a trip out to copa vida as often as I possibly can!

This place is stellar! High quality coffee, creamy Strauss barista milk (as well as alternative milk options), free wifi, plentiful seating, and their Croque-Madame is to die for. It's a popular place for locals and visitors which makes for a busy atmosphere (especially brunch hours on the weekend!).  If you're in a rush, they do offer an honor bar where you can sneak past the line, fill up your coffee mug, drop your money in and be on your way.