Caffe Luxxe seems to be popping up everywhere on the West Side including their fifth location that just opened in Pacific Palisades! Those yellow umbrellas and tables on the sidewalk are a welcome sign, a beacon to us coffee lovers, beckoning us to imbibe in the rich coffee experience waiting inside.
When you enter any of their five locations, Brentwood Country Mart, Brentwood San Vicente, Santa Monica, Malibu (and soon in Montecito) you will be greeted by baristas who take their craft seriously, and a coffee that’s rich in flavor thanks to their hand crafted artisinal espresso and brewed coffee.
“Our commitment to serving great coffee begins thousands of miles away at the farms where the beans are grown, where we strive for full transparency of sustainable practices. Mark makes yearly trips across the world, building relationships with farmers and specialty importers, and sourcing the finest coffee beans. Our relationships ensure that farmers are paid fair prices, helping to secure not only better coffees for us, but better lives for farm workers and their families. Great coffees and relationships begin at the farm, and we’re proud of the friendships we’ve made.The result of these efforts has created highly rated and respected coffees – all 90+ points, since we began roasting.” – Gary and Mark
Owners Gary Chau and Mark Wain wanted to bring the European coffee house sensibility to their neighborhood. You won’t find Wi-Fi here, this is a place to connect with each other, to savor the moment…and the coffee. What you will find is a curated selection of home goods, bakery items and chocolate like this Bar Au Chocolat made here in Manhattan Beach.
I recently had the opportunity to join Gary Chau and the Caffe Luxxe team for an intimate cello and classical guitar concert on the terrace of their Malibu location. It was the perfect ending to a perfect Friday evening, a little coffee, good company and Bach wafting in the air as barista Eric Chapman and friend Max Sindermann performed classical pieces and classic rock pieces. When I asked Gary how the evening came about he explained to me their philosophy of communing extends to their staff, who are more like family. Gary and Mark encourage and support their baristas’ creative expression both behind the counter and outside of work. When Gary discovered that one of his baristas at the Montana location was a visual artist, they held an art show at that location. This concert came about when Gary learned that barista Eric was a trained cellist. As if I needed more reasons to love Caffe Luxxe all the little details, the coffee, the passion of the baristas and the owners now we get artistic events too!