La Mano Coffee Bar originated as a pop-up business hosted by the Washington, D.C./Baltimore-based furniture & home goods store Trohv. Over the course of 2012, we operated a series of stands with various host venues including the Takoma Park Farmers Market, Docs in Progress, Dance Exchange, and Ace Hardware, as well as every Sunday at Trohv, introducing Takoma to the methods of pourover coffee and the world of the “third wave” coffee industry. It took over one year for the design and rehabilitation of the vacant historic building that became our permanent home in September 2013– a 460 square foot, street level storefront on Carroll Street NW, across from the Takoma Red Line Metro and a few blocks from downtown Takoma Park, MD. We led a successful crowdfunding campaign to assist us in our build-out costs using the Indiegogo platform. Read the overview of our campaign here.
We understand the increased demand for coffee beverages and food prepared on a small scale with quality ingredients. We have a loyal following, are a leader in customer service, and offer a unique, dynamic setting featuring the custom work of local professionals. Our mission to serve as a model for economic and social development, as well as maintain an active, visible presence in the community puts us at the forefront of the growing, vibrant Takoma neighborhood connecting the District of Columbia and Maryland.
La Mano Coffee Bar is proud to partner with Ceremony Coffee Roasters, supplier of whole beans (single-origin and blends), that have been sourced responsibly from coffee farms from around the world and craft-roasted at their facility and training center in nearby Annapolis, MD.
Our selection of sweet and savory baked goods and other fare are handmade using primary ingredients that are sourced from businesses that share our commitment to using sustainable and socially conscious methods of production for dairy, meat, and vegetables whenever possible. You can find a list of of some of our preferred partners here.
La Mano Coffee Bar is principally owned and operated by Javier Rivas and Anna Petrillo, both residents of the Washington, D.C. area for over 10 years. Together, they bring a combined 15 years of experience in restaurant and coffee industries to their venture including Javier’s first business, Modern Times Coffeehouse, the longtime independent café located inside Washington D.C.’s landmark bookstore, Politics & Prose for 8 years. As the two sole owners of the company that both live in Takoma Park, they are always on site and available to staff and customers.
From its website to its walls and ceiling lamps, La Mano Coffee Bar exhibits the work of numerous local designers and artists working in a variety of mediums and disciplines– from reclaimed and repurposed materials, to postmodern design/build techniques, to traditional fine arts and studio crafts.
- Graphic, web, and technology design by Jenny Kim and Minki Kim (Washington, D.C.)
- Graphic design by Micah Beard
- Custom signage and display by Square Form (Washington, D.C.)
- Custom furniture by Brandon Morse (Takoma Park, MD)
- Interior mural by Mei Mei Chang (Takoma Park,MD)
- Neon sign by Bill Miller (Takoma Park, MD)
- Original logo by Nilay Lawson (Washington, D.C)
- Photography by Michael Oswianny (Baltimore, MD)
- Art by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen (Washington, D.C)
- Photography by Brooke Linkow (Washington, D.C.)
- Art by Joseph Crawford Pile (Baltimore, MD)
- Art by Nicole Salimbene (Washington, D.C.)