During a recent early morning interview with local jewelry artist Zona Sherman of Zona Sherman Designs, we found ourselves engaging in coffee talk. "We need an indie coffee shop on this side of town," we agreed, racking our brains for a suitable joint in the Huntington Harbour area. Sherman recalled that AoSA Project recently started pouring Stumptown Coffee Roasters—Portland's coveted, locally owned caffeine supplier—at the Huntington Harbour Mall Bowl of Heaven location. Her tip turns out to be quite a game-changer for the Huntington Beach 'hood.
We switched up our morning routine today to investigate, and sure enough, stylized signs carefully placed in front of Trader Joe's and the acai bowl-slinging eatery promise a hot cup of direct trade Stumptown coffee. With a quick scan of the spot's interior, we spied the iconic sustainable woodworking pieces handmade by the eco- and socially-conscious AoSA crew, including a rustic wood counter area and a striking wood installation adorning the right wall.
Back in September, AoSA Image Director of Marketing Lindsey Kurowski chatted with us about the highly anticipated cafe expected to open at AoSA Project—which sits just two doors down from Bowl of Heaven—in late 2013. As is typical with new businesses, setbacks have delayed opening day, but the creative AoSA team dreamed up and executed a temporary solution to the hold.
In a unique pop-up cafe, the AoSA cafe has set up shop inside Bowl of Heaven and will continue to introduce Huntington Beach to the internationally sourced Stumptown brand through mid-January 2014. Inside patrons will be greeted by two staffs: Bowl of Heaven and AoSA. Here's what the Team AoSA is pouring:
Dairy alternatives are offered, including almond milk and coconut milk.
With fingers tightly crossed, AoSA hopes to finally unveil their community-centric neighborhood nook just a couple weeks into the new year. AoSA Project General Manager Toby Keil says the cafe will not only serve the full Stumptown menu, including its chocolatey Cold Brew on tap, but also mate, matcha, premium grade teas, raw vegan pastries and reserve hot chocolates made with 80 percent cocoa supplied by a local chocolatier.
The pop-up Stumptown cafe caffeinates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until roughly 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. until roughly 2 p.m.