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Compañía de Café

4705 Firestone Blvd.
South Gate, CA
323-476-7201
Compañía de Café

Sarah Bennett Horchata Latte

Located in South Gate's month-old modern shopping center, Azalea, (and within spitting distance of the original Latino-owned, third-wave-coffee mini-chain, Tierra Mia), the new Compañía de Café is one-third the size of the original, but no less dedicated to celebrating and elevating Mexican culture through the art of caffeinated beverages. This means that in addition to the typical specialty coffee stuff — like single-origin pour overs and iced coffee on tap — Compañía de Café has also built a reputation on offering a distinct lineup of fascinating Latin-fusion drinks. Expanding on classic coffee skills learned through years of working with Intelligentsia and G&B, Director of Coffee Operations Percy Ramirez's menu includes rice-milk horchata lattes, spicy mocha diablos and a series of cheekily named caifanes (loosely, "cool dudes"), including a carbonated agua de jamaica cut with diluted cold brew, served with a tajín rim. On the food side, Compañía also goes beyond the obligatory. Scones (called "eh-scones"), butter tile cookies (which mimic the Guadalajara-sourced wall tiles) and house-made chipotle pound cakes are all available from the pastry case. However, filling up with a decent meal is also allowed thanks to tortas, empanadas and salads — all overseen by Executive Pastry Chef Tamara Davis, formerly of Bottega Louie. --Sarah Bennett

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