So, I'm excited about today's post, because the topic exemplifies this magical thing, maybe more than anything I've ever written about here. Plus, this goodness I'm talking about is being generated by coffee! After my own heart. A few months back, I discovered Trystero Coffee: basically a guy in Atwater Village, roasting coffee in his garage, delivering by bicycle. Already an amazing story, right?
|the esteemed roaster|
But there's more to Trystero than just great coffee. Most Saturdays, Greg opens up the garage to visitors, so I went to say hello and pick up my beans in person this weekend. He's set up the modest space like a bohemian living room: between unfinished wood walls decorated with eclectic posters and clippings, mismatched chairs and and a funky old couch make for a welcoming place to meet your neighbors over a smooth cup of joe. And Greg creates a warm vibe between strangers -- shaking your hand as you come in, and introducing everyone to each by name. It's pretty special.
Hospitality reigns in the Trystero garage: after we'd been sitting for a bit, Greg turned from the espresso machine and said with a smile, "Can I make you a cappuccino?" Uh, yes. Not surprisingly, it was awesome. Sweet without sugar, and again, perfectly balanced.
|a perfect cappuccino|
On this particular day, Trystero's ad-hoc coffeehouse was host to some community organizing. Greg had opened up the garage to a couple Atwater residents collecting signatures in favor of adding a pedestrian path to the nearby Glendale-Hyperion bridge. I'd walked the bridge that morning to get to Trystero, and it's utterly treacherous for pedestrians in its current state (though the view of the LA River from the bridge is pretty sweet). So, petitions were signed, and the morning's coffee klatch talked about the project, about the neighborhood, about great bars and the Portlandification of Los Angeles.
|treacherous bridge, beautiful view|
And in addition to coffee, Greg uses the Trystero website to organize small events surrounding other passions: bicycle rides, loud fun music, analog photography, good beer, and camping with friends. So much goodness.
So, in about an hour's time, a small group of strangers shared some knowledge and some warm hospitality, worked towards improving the neighborhood, and created a major spark of community. All because a guy decided to do a little something great. It's amazing what can happen over an exceptional cup of coffee.
|bridge still treacherous, view still beautiful|
Trystero Coffee is at 2974 Glendale Blvd. Check the website for ordering details and delivery schedule.
[Incidentally, if you're interested in signing the Hyperion Bridge petition, let me know!]