Pasadena’s Chic Coffee House
For all of you who love a chic and cozy coffee house, please raise your hand. Assuming everyone’s hand is now raised, let us introduce you to Lavender & Honey Espresso. Brimming with charm, Lavender & Honey offers customers solid coffee, unique sweets, and a cafe culture similar to Independent houses like Stumptown, Blue Bottle, and Groundworks. Their mission? “To provide customers with a unique, boutique coffee experience, to ensure that each cup of coffee served is as perfect as it can possibly be, and to remember that a commitment to community is why we are here.”
And owners Charlie and Melanie Porter know exactly what they’re doing. Pasadena Weekly’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards honored Lavender & Honey with “Best Independent Coffee House,” “Best New Business,” and reader recommended, “Best New Restaurant.”
Inside, the place is darling. White subway tiles line the back wall; a long white slab counter holds everything from french presses and fresh blooms to featured coffees and treats; twinkle lights are strewn across the ceiling; and the concrete floor gives the entire place a modern sleek vibe.
While the place is small, its personality makes up for its limited seating. Plus, the coffee house’s unique foods and beverages speak to any small business supporter’s heart. Vendors include local and nearby businesses such as Klatch Coffee, Bread Lounge, Almond Kulture, and Parliament Chocolate. And along with selling jams, pastries, sandwiches, and salads, Lavender & Honey offers one of our favorites—a toast bar. From sweet combinations like the Classic (butter and jam) and PB Nutella to savory ones like the Pasadena (avocado, lemon juice, and red jalapeño), these goodies are perfectly priced (below $5) and perfectly satisfying.
So whether you’re interested in supporting local businesses, sampling unique treats, or relaxing in a chic, adorable cafe (or, let’s be honest, all three), head over to Lavender & Honey, located on East Washington in Pasadena.
Photo credit: http://www.thecoffeescout.com/blog/pasadena-california-january-2015