419 N. Canon Drive
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419 N. Canon Drive
“In a neighborhood where 80% of the restaurants serve Italian cuisine, Coupa Café is a welcome change of pace. One of a tiny handful of places in LA featuring Venezuelan food, this charming family-owned and operated café offers typically Venezuelan dishes such as tequenos (fried dough-covered white cheese sticks with homemade guava sauce), cachpas (small corn pancakes served with fresh white cheese and Venezuelan cream), and arepitas (gluten-free cornmeal cakes accompanied by guasacaca, a traditional Venezuelan sauce). All the above-mentioned appetizers feature delicious, fresh Venezuelan cheeses. Among the other items available are excellent organic Venezuelan coffee, a wonderfully moist tres leches cake, salads, empanadas, panini, and crepes. Their relaxing amenities include a sunny patio, free wifi, a spacious dining room with a fireplace and capacious bow truss ceiling, and a daily happy hour from 4pm to 7pm. A highlight of their cocktail list, the guarapita, is a traditional Venezuelan cocktail composed of passion fruit juice and soju. Indulge in this urban retreat with a coffee on the patio or a guarapita near the roaring fireplace.”
Coupa Café is the only restaurant outside Venezuela where you can enjoy the nation’s shade grown, handpicked, patio sun-dried, super fair trade organic single estate Arabica coffee beans roasted in small batches. This family owned business was conceived to revive the tradition of excellent quality Venezuelan coffee. The Coupal family works directly with coffee farmers in Venezuela, ensuring that they receive fair trade prices for their coffee. They promote the philosophy of excellent quality products and friendly service. They support local organic farmers and sustainable agricultural practices. Coupa Café is a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the California Restaurant Association and the Slow Food Organization, among others.