Design Dish: Counter Culture Coffee’s Latest Training Center Gets A Jolt From Design, Bitches


Counter Culture Coffee, the North Carolina based roaster known not only for their unique and varied coffee but for sourcing its coffees from farmers around the globe with whom they build long-term relationships, opened its 11th training center nationwide last week.  Located at 1601 Griffith Park Boulevard, on one edge of the triangular park that hosts Silver Lake’s weekly farmer’s market, the streamlined Art Deco building from the 1940s, painted a bright aqua, is only open to the public on Fridays.  


The interior, revamped by Rebecca Rudolph and Catherine Johnson of Design, Bitches, whose recent work includes Superba Bread, Coolhaus Ice Cream and Rag & Bone, highlights the best aspects of the design team’s work — simple materials reimagined in exciting ways — as well as the singular delights of Southern California living — the merging of indoors and out. 


The centerpiece of the space is, of course the espresso bar where Counter Culture baristas demonstrate brewing techniques and share the company’s renowned coffees — focusing on single origin coffees, limited-release blends and unique microlots.  Once your coffee is in hand, wander over to the expansive deck and drought-tolerant garden. The sustainable, California-centric interior finishes include cork flooring, re-used vintage lumber from the building, richlite paper-based materials, sleek modern light fixtures and exterior green corrugated panels. 

Looking to spend a perfect Friday morning?  We’d suggest a turn around the farmer’s market, getting your caffeine fix alongside a lesson in beans at Counter Culture’s Tastings At Ten series and then popping into Siglo Moderno (by appointment only) next door.