the boy and the bear

the best roasts accessible from the worst airport

High quality local coffee roasters are few and far between west of the 405. Ones that have ample seating and free wifi are even harder to find. So it’s not a far cry to say that The Boy and the Bear is a gem in a muddy mess of west side traffic that has built up quite a reputation since the first shop opened in Redondo Beach in 2016. But the business started four years prior, when owner Andres Piñeros did a pop up in Colombia, working closely with local farmers to focus on Colombian coffee.

Today, The Boy and the Bear continues to uplift Colombian coffee producers and introducing Colombian coffee culture to the LA coffee market. At any given time they have a few different roasts for pourovers, a classic selection of espresso drinks and half a dozen varieties for whole beans. There are currently three locations, the original in Redondo, a second one in West Culver, and a third in Westchester just a stone’s throw from LAX (which is filling an important void for coffee lovers who travel often). Angelenos don’t take for granted the opportunity to get a solid cup of coffee without having to get onto the freeway.

the details


West Culver: 12712 Washington Blvd Suite 101, Los Angeles
Westchester: 7403 La Tijera Blvd, Westchester
Redondo: 350 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach



Hours7am – 4pm everyday
Price$$ – standard third wave coffee shop prices 
Aestheticminimalist and modern with some traditional and natural Colombian flair; each of the cafes is anchored in a neutral shade: black, grey and white

good to know

Go here for: coffee for the road out from LAX, a place to “study” or “work” that doesn’t feel claustrophobic

Order this: a pourover, the “orchid” (a vegan mocha)

Amount of time to spend: great to grab and go or to stay for a couple hours

When to come: any time but if you’re looking to plug in for a bit, weekday afternoons are best


  • Culver: not bad for street parking, you can probably snag a spot on Washington or in the side streets like Wade, just watch out for street cleaning signs
  • Westchester: free parking in the structure

Other things to note: 

  • They have wifi and ample, varied seating options making it a great place to hang around for a bit. Redondo location is very popular though, so can get crowded.
  • Besides coffee, they have some pastries and tea options as well.

Last visited: December 2019

Last updated: July 2021

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