Even amid the flurry of activity at a recent Mar Vista Music & Art Walk, Sunny still stood out in the crowd. Sunny isn’t a person. It’s the name of an unusual truck that hit L.A.’s streets this summer. This bright yellow 1964 Citroën HY looks like it belongs in a mod heist movie, but Farm Cup Coffee co-founders Emerson Haro and Tony Yuan equipped their joyous French vehicle with modern coffee equipment to serve creative caffeinated drinks.
The former accountant (Haro) and marketing pro/property manager (Yuan) buy single-origin, direct-trade coffee from farmers who roast beans at the source. The duo also draws inspiration for their standout signature coffee beverages from global travels.
Haro and Yuan say an aromatic drink called the Artist was inspired by “cold mornings in Mexico City and drinking cafe de olla.” Their version incorporates cinnamon, orange zest, clove, and cacao, and previously went by the name “Chiapas at Night,” given the espresso’s provenance. “Once you taste it you will be taken to an arts studio in the middle of the night—rebellious and non conformist, full of spices and just the right amount of sweetness,” Haro says. “This drink fuses the art of travel and the amazing culture clash of ideas that we bring to our everyday clients.”
The Poet is another floral part of Farm Cup Coffee’s repertoire, a lavender latte they sweeten with local honey and garnish with French lavender sprigs. Haro’s origin story for the Poet lives up to the name. “It was a very frigid morning walking down Champs-Élysées in Paris and the smell of butter filled the air,” he recalls. “Upon feeling the first flakes of snow we stopped at a flower shop to shield and rethink what we could do in such a cold day. The smell of lavender was pungent and delectable—thus the Poet was formed in our minds. We started the drink to remind people of the sweetness of words and how the drink makes you feel warm and cozy.”
Other travel-driven “fun cups” ($5.50 for 12 ounces and $6.50 for 16 ounces) include the Explorer, a salted caramel latte starring Peruvian salt from flats they visited. A trip to France inspired the Romantic, which incorporates fragrant rose petals.
They also brew “classic cups” using a two-group La Marzocco espresso machine and pour cold brew aplenty. “Cold cups” can also get creative. A visit to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula resulted in horchata cold brew featuring flavors reminiscent of tres leches cake that Haro and Yuan make with cinnamon-steeped rice milk, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole cow’s milk, all boosted with cinnamon-dusted Papua New Guinea cold brew. With a two-thirds cold brew and one-third horchata ratio, this particular cold cup packs serious punch.
Farm Cup also serves a focused tea menu and sells Farmshop pastries.
The company’s motto is “Drink coffee, travel, and do good.” According to Haro, they started Farm Cup “because of our passion for traveling and coffee. We like to see this world a better place.” Sunny promises to deliver “sunshine and happiness” and has met the challenge. Now you just have to find him.
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