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Good Espresso Roasters House owners Chris Owens, Doug Meils and Elliott Lau. Photograph by Marissa Feldman, courtesy of Good Espresso Roasters.

A brand new model referred to as Good Espresso Roasters is cheering up espresso drinkers all through Los Angeles and farther afield by way of quality-focused sourcing and roasting.

The idea comes from a trio of seasoned LA-based espresso professionals — Chris Owens, Doug Meils and Elliott Lau — every of whom has ties to the influential former espresso model Good-looking Espresso Roasters.

The brand new roasting firm is a companion to the downtown Los Angeles espresso store, Good Espresso, which Lau joined in 2017 below the possession of founder Tyler Wells (one other Good-looking alum). Lau took possession of the store in 2020.

Good beforehand carried coffees from quite a few roasters, together with some that had been roasted by Owens and Meils in numerous capacities, whereas managing to outlive the COVID-19 pandemic, “regardless of being in the midst of two huge workplace buildings,” in line with Lau. The store now serves because the retail face of the brand new Good roasting model.

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Elliott Lau at Good. Photograph by Elliott-Augusto Piccio, courtesy of Good Espresso Roasters. 

Stated Lau, “I grew up as a barista in single-roaster outlets, and needed to provide that very same expertise to my friends and workers.”

Meils, who now serves because the Good head roaster, brings greater than 20 years of espresso expertise to the challenge, together with stints at Intelligentsia Espresso, Good-looking and Tectonic Espresso.

“I’m at all times seeking to get strains that ship the cleanest and sweetest cup,” stated Meils, who oversees a 15-kilo Mill Metropolis Roasters machine in a facility in Inglewood. “I feel this aligns, kind of, with what I’ve performed up to now at Good-looking and different roasters, solely I’m so much higher at it now.”

Owens takes the lead on inexperienced espresso buying for Good, using expertise gathered at espresso firms akin to Gimme! Espresso, Counter Tradition Espresso, Ritual Espresso Roasters and Intelligentsia, the latter of which he left to co-create Good-looking greater than a decade in the past.

“Though I’ve relationships with a number of nice importers right here within the U.S., I actually wish to spotlight a few the exporters I work with: Benjamin Paz from Honduras and Nadine Rasch from Guatemala,” Owens informed DCN. “I’ve been pals with them for a few years and so they have been instrumental in serving to to attach with the producers with whom we’re working.”

For his half, Meils tries to focus on probably the most fascinating traits of every of the coffees, together with reflections of post-harvest processing strategies.

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New luggage coming from Good Espresso Roasters.

“As tacky as this sounds, I additionally hearken to the espresso greater than up to now,” stated Meils. “I wish to get the very best out of the espresso. Up to now I might power my type of roasting on the bean, however that doesn’t at all times work out.”

With e-commerce and the wholesale enterprise now off the bottom, Good Espresso Roasters will quickly be rolling out a line of merch led by Meils. In the meantime, Lau is presently pursuing partnerships with gear suppliers for extra providers for wholesale purchasers.

In a latest press launch asserting the Good Espresso launch, Owens succinctly acknowledged, “At Good Espresso Roasters, we are going to purchase tasty espresso, pay our producer companions pretty, cost our clients an inexpensive value and be good to individuals.”


Good Espresso DTLA is positioned at 515 Flower St, Suite 1960, in Los Angeles. Inform DCN’s editors about your new espresso store or roastery right here

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