While it may sound like an after – hours kinda place, Bar Nine Collective is really set to be an eye-opening sort of spot. The soon-to-open cafe in Culver City from co-owners Zayde Naquib and Jereme Pitts is kicking things off on March 28 with a party from 6 to 10 pm.
An impressive beverage menu of espresso, hot or iced drips, nondairy hazelnut milk lattes, and an all-oolong assortment of Red Blossom tea is designed to turn on your brain cells, not lower your lids. Hungry? Choose from house-made spiced olive oil cake, sweet or savory galettes, and prosciutto Gruyere scones, then stick around to watch the Probat roaster in action. Free cupping sessions (hosted in-shop every Sunday) for aspiring java junkies offer a crash course in coffee tasting.
The expansive space is partially solar powered and an afterburner eliminates 95% of emissions. The brew-at-home beans are packed in compostable bags, while to-go joe comes in reusable glass jars. This biz realizes that opening in Culver City is not just about getting the most discriminating palates on the Westside; green is the way to go.
This Friday, stop by the grand opening party to sample the drinks, from-scratch caramels, free beer from Angel City Brewing, and eats from Kogi BBQ truck, Coolhaus, and Red Truck Juice Co.
Bar Nine Collective, 3515 Helms Avenue, at National Boulevard, Culver City (310-837-7815 or barninecollective.com).