Espresso Yourself : Parchment Coffee

A while back I mentioned that I had plans to start a blog segment about all of the different coffee shops in the area. I started with what is now called Parchment Coffee because it’s the one coffee shop that has been around ever since I can remember. It has changed owners many times and had multiple makeovers but the menu has always stayed somewhat the same. Breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches and of corse- COFFEE! 

The new owners have turned this space into a more modernly styled hang out spot. It’s much more plain than it has ever been in the past but I think it helps keep things look nice and clean. 


There were people studying at the tables and others were just relaxing on the sofa. I was surprised that they allowed me to sit inside with Skippy but also thankful because it’s so incredibly hot outside today. The workers were friendly and brought our food and coffee to us when it was ready.


The food was really good. I ordered the avocado toast, a thick soft piece of toast with fresh avocado spread and red pepper flakes. Blake ordered an avocado bagel sandwich but replaced the tomato with Canadian bacon and he couldn’t stop saying how good it was. In addition to what was on the menu, they had lots of yummy looking pastries on display. 


The coffee was good too. I got a regular iced coffee and added half and half, it was strong but not too strong. I saw that they had some specialty coffee drinks too but I try to stay away from anything too sugary.

Overall it was a good experience and it seems like a good place to go with friends to enjoy a cup of coffee and catch up. 

Espresso Yourself

Since I have been home, I’ve been checking out some of the different coffee shops in the LA area, and I’m having a lot of fun doing it. There are so many unique places with different vibes and each is special in it’s own way.

I plan on exploring as many of these little coffee shops as I can- all while reporting back to my readers about what I experience at each one.

Ever since I was a kid, there has been a longstanding coffee shop in my little hometown of Monrovia. Situated in old town on the main street that any Monrovian will tell you is called Myrtle Avenue, the coffee shop has taken on many different names and owners throughout it’s years.

My parents would take me there on the weekends and hang out at the same table with the same group of old guys, reading the paper and discussing current events. I would order my bagel with cream cheese (or on a lucky day- A huge cinnamon roll covered in icing) and hang with the old folks while I sipped my hot cocoa. It was a nice comfy place, filled with mismatched couches and even a “kids corner” with books and toys for the little ones.

This coffee shop has been around for as long as I have lived here, so at least 23 years or more. I remember it best as the Monrovia Coffee Company, before that it was called Beantown, and a couple of years ago it became Friends Cafe (a wannabe ‘Central Perk’ from the popular TV show FRIENDS). More recently, while I was living out of state, it has become Parchment Coffee.

Since this coffee shop is near and dear to my heart, filled with memories of old people and bagels, it will be the first on my list of blog posts.

If you are a coffee lover in the L.A. area, my “Espresso Yourself” segment is for you.. So stay tuned!