The corridor between DTLA and Koreatown is slowly filling in with mixed-use development. Tactile Coffee, a coffee bar from Mike Yi and brother Eric, is one of the latest bright spots along Beverly Boulevard in Rampart Village.
The Yi brothers recently graduated from a former Mac Tools truck that roamed the Fashion District. They now reside in in a brick building sporting a vivid bird mural and Caché’s iconic chickens. The interior tours brick and white walls and limited counter seating. Tactile prepares Counter Culture coffee using a two-group La Marzocco espresso machine, Kalita Wave pourover for one person, and Chemex for two people, plus cold brew and hand-pressed iced coffee.
Tactile Coffee does offer a couple fun signature drinks, including a Black & Tan with cold (or hot) brew and house-made “tan syrup” (reduced condensed milk). My personal favorite involves a Blackstrap Latte ($5). In this case, a double shot of espresso and whole milk meld beautifully with dank, bittersweet blackstrap molasses syrup. This ingredient is more typical of Southern cooking than SoCal coffeehouses, but still proved to be a welcome addition.