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More of a community center than a cafe, Watts Coffee House’s origins can be traced all the way back to 1965, when a group of local teens converted an abandoned building into Watts Happening Coffee House - a community arts space that later became an epicenter for Black artists, activists, and residents. Today, owner and chef Desiree Edwards, a Los Angeles native, uses that space to serve soul food like Cajun fried lobster tail, shrimp poboys, and buttermilk biscuits smothered in turkey sausage gravy.

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17 Black-Owned Coffee Shops Across LA

Retro cafes, art galleries, and youth program providing training in tech, media, and design - LA’s Black-owned coffee shops are changing the world.

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17 Black-Owned Coffee Shops Across LA

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“I wanted to create a space that was literally filled with color, that was from a person of color’s perspective, that centered people of color.”

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Bloom and Plume

Bloom & Plume is a very colorful, very vibrant coffee shop in Historic Filipinotown.