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This Popular Shop Is Brewing Up Coffee & Community [Video]

Ben Rashkovich

Ben Rashkovich

Content Strategy Manager at Fundera
Ben is the resident wordsmith and grammar guru at Fundera. He makes sure their top-notch content stays accessible, interesting, and useful for small business owners. Previously, Ben wrote for the Columbia Spectator and eBay's curatorial team.
Ben Rashkovich

Café de Leche from INCREDODAMN on Vimeo.

Anya and Matt Schodorf thought they knew their neighbors. Then they opened Café de Leche—and realized just how powerfully a small business connects you to your community.

Anya and Matt lived in Highland Park, Los Angeles, for years before opening their coffee shop. Their timing was less than perfect: the recession hit just as Café de Leche opened for business, a time when many Americans were steering clear of small indulgences like lattes. “Is this going to go down in a ball of flames?” Matt wondered.

But Café de Leche soldiered on and became a neighborhood mainstay. The success didn’t feel real at first, Anya and Matt admit. It wasn’t until Anya opened the cash register to make change for a customer, she says, that it really hit her: “We’re actually in business!”

Anya and Matt pride themselves on being a Highland Park fixture and continue to serve up their top-notch coffee to friends, neighbors, and visitors. As Anya puts it, “Serving really good amazing coffee was always our thing.”

Watch the video for a taste of Café de Leche and a closer look at Anya and Matt’s endearing history.

Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.
Ben Rashkovich

Ben Rashkovich

Content Strategy Manager at Fundera
Ben is the resident wordsmith and grammar guru at Fundera. He makes sure their top-notch content stays accessible, interesting, and useful for small business owners. Previously, Ben wrote for the Columbia Spectator and eBay's curatorial team.
Ben Rashkovich

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