When I was a young child, I used to help my grandfather make his coffee. He had become blind from diabetes. Before his blindness, he was an ironworker. He was a very tough, capable guy.

He simmered his coffee on low heat in a saucepan on the stove. Oddly, he kept putting his fingers in the pan to determine if the temperature and texture were right. As an adult, I realized that he was making his unique version of “cowboy coffee”. I also came to understand the texture as being its fullness of body. This orientation to coffee would eventually show up in the uniqueness of how I make every cup of coffee at Kings Road Cafe. Each cup of full-bodied coffee is individually extracted to achieve a similar density and fullness.

Growing up in San Francisco, I had the great fortune of being introduced to espresso, cappuccino, and lattes as a teenager in the 1960s. The Italian neighborhood, known as North Beach, had the best cafes in The City. In those days, two Italian families roasted small batches in retail storefronts. The Graffeo family, who opened for business in 1935, would significantly influence my future coffee blend.


Years later, in 1981, I met a “gourmet” coffee roaster who supplied the coffee to the restaurant I was working in. My visits to his warehouse marked the beginning of my roasting education. I was utterly fascinated with the roast spectrum, single origin cupping, and the blending of varietals. I spent several years developing what is now my signature blend.


Since the cafe’s opening, in 1990, I have been small batch roasting what I consider my gift, the coffee of Kings Road Cafe.

Coffee Reviews

Albert R.

This is absolutely the best coffee! Great flavor and aroma and strong without being bitter. Definitely a full flavored coffee to make your mornings better.

Nancy R.

My children live in LA, introduced me to their go to coffee shop, and have been keeping me supplied for years now. Such a joy to open the bag of coffee beans and smell the wonderful aroma each morning and know the best is yet to come each day! Love this coffee!!!

Steven J.

What can I say? It’s THE best coffee ever!! We order for our home in the SF Bay Area, our farm in Washington state and now have with us on vacation in Hawaii. Sooooo much better than Kona coffee!!!

Dan C.

Best coffee in L.A. We live now in Carmel and only drink coffee brewed from Kings Road grinds. Excellent cuppa!!

Peter G.

I have been drinking Kings Road coffee for years. My sister who lives in LA turned me on to it. I have been having it shipped every month to me for the last 10 years. If you haven’t tried it you should!

Dave M.

Best coffee I’ve had when visiting LA, unfortunately I live in Kansas so I have to get it shipped to me to enjoy it daily.



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