Photo by Brian Addison. Above: Rose Park’s first brick-and-mortar in Bluff Heights.
The coffee company that was founded upon the beans-by-bike delivery idea first opened its brick-and-mortar coffee shop nearly three years ago—and coming soon, it will open its second location at the northeast corner of 8th & Pine in DTLB.
Rose Park Roasters began caffeinating the world in 2010, just as L.A. was starting to get its own specialty coffee scene, thanks to a lead largely taken by Intelligentsia when it opened in Silver Lake in 2007.
Andrew Phillips, then a roaster for coffee boss Martin Dietrich at his Costa Mesa–based Kean Coffee, decided to pair up with design and business friend Nathan Tourtellotte to offer something that, at the time, didn’t exist outside the now-defunct True Beans Roasters in Long Beach: a local roaster dedicated to specialty beans.
The move couldn’t be timed better for North Pine, as dubbed so by its residents and business owners who feel Pine is largely disconnected from Downtown north of 4th Street. In the past three years alone, North Pine has seen an influx of investment following the opening of Molina Healthcare in the old Press-Telegram/Meeker-Baker buildings. The Pie Bar, Romeo Chocolates, and Saints & Sinners Bakeshop have created what I dubbed Decadent Row while Toxic Toast Records and Ace of Hearts Tattoo bring Long Beach’s long love of music and body art to an area that was once booming with both.
In other words, it’s the perfect fit. All that North Pine needs now is a good bar and restaurant—and, of course, some affordable housing.