Funnel Mill on Broadway in SM???
Walked past a new coffee place on Broadway in Santa Monica called Funnel Mill. Looks like a coffee aficianado place, with what looked like vacuum pots and numerous coffee and tea options.
Has anyone been in yet? Any reports?
There is a web page, but really no information on it as yet:
I can't speak for the coffee - but the tea is excellent!! The guy behind the counter really knows his stuff.
Not a huge selection of teas, but everything I have tried (including an herbal concoction that is freshly brewed from apples, nuts, spices on the stove) has been excellent. A few baked goods, and a large (currently very empty) place to sit. It's a nice space, and is probably more inviting when it's not so empty.
I tried Funnel Mill’s coffee first time last Friday, and it was incredible. The selection of the coffee beans was unbelievable. They even sell a $60.00 cup of coffee. If I remember correctly, the name of the bean was Kopi Luwak.
By the way, the vacuum pot you mentioned was actually called Syphon. It is a very old Turkish coffee brewing method.
I really think Funnel Mill is serious about their coffees, Sorry I am not a tea drinker.
After reading some reviews about Funnel Mill on CH, I decided to stop by this past weekend (10/20/07).
By nature, I'm not a coffee drinker. Really dislike the stuff.
But I *do* like tea. Recently picked it up.
I gotta admit: The owners, JC and Theresa, really know their stuff. JC's expertise is the coffee, and Theresa's expertise is the tea.
After looking at their website, I was really interested in "Cha Dao", as I've never had it before. Theresa was SOOOO helpful. She did the whole ceremony and chatted with me for about 15 minutes, refilling my pot, refilling the cup, etc.
But not only did she merely do the actions of pouring, filling, etc...she even took her time to meticulously explain the characteristics, smell, and even taste of tea. I think she brewed 4 or 5 pots with me. She would ask questions to get me involved with the tea: "What do you taste when you drink this pot?", "Can you sense that the taste of the tea is changing?", etc.
As a somewhat newcomer to drinking tea, I really have to admit that it was not only a blast, but it was pleasure to be around someone who had a real passion of what they do. It's not like those boba places who churn out cup after cup of drinks, shout out your name, and send you on your way. Instead, JC & Theresa really take their time to have you fall in love and deeply appreciate the tea that's in front of you.
Is it a little pricey? Yes and no.
If you're interested in carrying out a cup of tea (which they fill in a styrofoam coffee cup), it's around $3. That's not a bad price.
If you're interested in staying a while and doing work and reading books and you purchase a pot of tea, it's around $10 - 15. And they refill your hot water. So if you sit there for 2 hours or you come with a group of friends, you could seriously crank out 20 or 30 cups of tea out of that $10 - $15. And keep in mind that because they don't use tea bags and they use real high-quality tea leaves, the flavor isn't some kind of wimpy tea that dies out over time, like you get at Denny's or any other place that just throws a generic tea at you.
They do have their own parking underneath the place, but it's somewhat limited. So double-check and cross your fingers and hope that you can grab one of the few spots. Otherwise, it's 25 cents for 20 minutes at the meters.
Note: JC & Theresa love their coffee & tea so much that they're already planning on how to put a mini-museum on the processes of developing tea/coffee and let everyone know how things work. Now that's called real dedication & passion!
All in all: Truly a hidden gem. Go and relax at by yourself or with your friends and support a great place and passionate people!
Suite A (next door to a Karate place)
Santa Monica, 90401
M - F: 9AM - 9PM
Sat - Sun: 10AM - 7PM
930 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
This is a great place for anyone who loves coffee and/or tea. I'm an ex-coffee pro so I can talk coffee all day and I'm really picky about what makes good coffee. I was very impressed by their beans and the quality of the roasting. Definitely the best I've seen in LA.
JC and Theresa are delightful and clearly very passionate about coffee and tea. The cafe atmosphere is quiet and relaxing and it seemed like most of the customers were regulars who enjoy excellent tea/coffee.
Highly, highly recommended.
We visited Funnel Mill this past weekend, and I agree with all of the posts here. As far as I know, there is no other coffee/tea house like this in the Los Angeles area. Any rave review I can offer here pales in comparison to what this place is.
This is a serious coffee/tea place; there is nothing frivolous about this space. The coffee is brewed with extreme care and the tea is prepared with much respect for its quality. But there is nothing stuffy about this shop; the owners and servers warmly welcomed us and offered their assistance in guiding us to our choices.
We enjoyed both a glass of coffee with vanilla bean infused milk and a cup of very fine quality jasmine tea.
One can only understand how true this operation is by checking out their website; the owners are truly passionate about what they are doing.
I might add that it is their policy not to accept any tips. While their prices appear high at first glance, the prices are completely in line with the quality of the product and the service they offer.
As another poster has already said, I, too, highly, HIGHLY recommend Funnel Mill in Santa Monica!