Gastrophoria is a faultless mug of latte from Iota.
Normally, I would defer to the Italians or the French for my cup of joe, being as it’s ingrained in their culture. Case in point—they have roasts named after them! Korean coffee? No so much. However, I was pleasantly blown away by Iota during their recent coffee demonstration.
Seated in their back patio that featured a 90s styled manga mural, we learned about the care that goes into a cup of coffee. It starts out with the beans, which are sourced based on the desired flavor profile and roasted daily in small batches.
Extraction is next. For those who like it unadorned—there’s the drip and Kyoto method. For gadget (or steampunk) lovers, lighted siphons are in abundance. It’s a treat for the eyes to see it in action and the resulting brew is surprisingly delicate—almost tea like.
However, my favorite is a good old fashion mug of latte. Creamy and smooth, it reminds me of hot chocolate but updated for adults. Even better when paired with a slice of their housemade crepe cake (16 layers—I counted) and Psy’s Gangnam Style playing in the background. Only in Ktown!
Maybe we’ll see a Korean Roast soon.
Iota Coffee & Bakery
528 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Phone: (213) 568–3700