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Copa Vida

  • Restaurants
  • Old Pasadena
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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 Juliano

    Three rotating teas and one additional special are served cold on tap at Copa Vida

     

  8. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael JulianoThe view toward Castle Green.
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Time Out Says

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. 

Written by Michael Juliano

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Address:
70 S Raymond Ave
Los Angeles
91105
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 7am-10pm; Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 8am-9pm
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