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Cypress Park couple plan to perk up the neighborhood coffee scene

Christian Degracia and Crystal Weintrub | Courtesy 1802 Roasters

By Jacqueline Fernandez

Cypress Park  — How did Christian Degracia and Crystal Weintrub end up planning to open a coffee roastery and cafe on Cypress Avenue? Their story begins on a trip to South America.

The 2014 journey inspired the couple to start their own coffee business, named 1802 Roasters. “Crystal and I came back impressed with the whole coffee-and-café culture,” said Degracia. “We decided to start roasting for ourselves to have the freshest coffee possible and bought a production sample roaster.”

The  Cypress Park couple, both of whom are in their 30s, started selling coffee beans — which come from Royal Coffee, Coffee Shrub and Bodhi Leaf — in their neighborhood as a way to pay for the roaster. The grassroots marketing campaign found the duo walking around their neighborhood passing out flyers and coffee samples.

After taking the suggestion from a customer, they started selling at the Downtown L.A. farmers market in 2016. Within the year, they expanded to three more markets: Monrovia, Brentwood and Sherman Oaks.

Now, 1802 Roasters (named after street number where they began roasting) is getting ready for its biggest change yet: opening a flagship roastery and café in their neighborhood. Once they noticed the space at 1206 Cypress Avenue was available, they jumped on the opportunity. They expect to open this summer.

The 1,800-square-foot café and roastery will have both indoor and outdoor seating with a pet-friendly area. They have not finalized the number of seats.

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Aside from coffee, they plan to serve light fare, pressed juices and tea.

“We felt that there was a coffee void on this side of Cypress Park,” Degracia said. “Since we were already roasting and selling coffee at farmers markets, it seemed like a natural progression.”

Plus, the idea of working five minutes from home was very enticing, added Degracia. The couple hopes to create a space that “we can all call our home away from home.”

Currently their focus is on getting the new space opened and getting to know the neighbors. While they wait, 1802 Roasters hosts a weekly pop-up on Saturdays in Cypress Park from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., at the parking lot of the future café. Their menu consists of pour over and cold brew coffee and organic pastries.

1802 Roasters will be at 1206 Cypress Ave. near Granada St.

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8 comments

  1. I like how “pop-up” is the cool way of saying “street vending”. There’s a lady that does a “pop-up” every morning selling tamales and champurrado at my local gas station

  2. Great story on the origins of 1802 Roasters. Can’t wait to try out a new coffee hotspot!

  3. Excited to see this open

  4. Cypress Ave right there is definitely in need. me and my pup will definitely be customers!

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