May 12, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Old Kids on the Block Bring a New Coffee Buzz

Alana’s crew, Sophie, Erin, Erica, and John.

by Melanie Camp

When he was just three years old,  Eric Stogsdill visited Canton Kitchen in Mar Vista with his parents.“The first Chinese food I ever ate, when I was three, was here in this building,” he said of the space at 12511 Venice Boulevard that is now a hip new coffee shop.

“The first Chinese food I ever ate, when I was three, was here in this building,” said Alana’s Eric Stogsdill.

On Saturday, May 20th, Eric and his business partner, Erin Ward, celebrated the opening of Alana’s Coffee Roasters. The two Dogtown locals marveled at the series of coincidences that led to something far bigger than Stogsdill could ever have dreamed of when he started roasting coffee in a popcorn popper out the back of the house he was renting off Ward.

“A little before 2009 I started roasting coffee. I saw people roasting peanuts at farmer’s markets, and I thought maybe I could start selling coffee,” Stogsdill told Yo! Venice. For nearly ten years Stogsdill worked the farmer’s market circuit building a cult following. Roasting happened on the low-down. Stogsdill was worried Ward, his landlord, would kick him out if she discovered his backyard business.

She didn’t.

Instead, when she did fid out what was going on, she wanted to team up. In the process of winding down her production company, Ward was looking for her next business adventure and getting Stogsdill roasting in a commercial-sized machine became her next project.

Both Ward and Stogsdill are adamant Alana’s honors it’s local roots. “We grew up around the corner from one another when we were kids,” Stogsdill told Yo! Venice. Although, neither had any idea of this until much later in life. Born in Santa Monica, Stogsdill spent his youth riding his skateboard in Venice, before there was the Skate Park.“My Mum worked at the bowling alley for probably 25 years back when it was called Peter D’s Galley,” Stogsdill said of what is now Bowlero Mar Vista, just down the road from Alana’s.

Hot coffee at 12511 Venice Blvd, Mar Vista.

It took two years for the Westside locals to develop their cafe and roasting space. The bright orange Deitrich Roaster gets fired up a couple of times a week so as to deliver the freshest coffee possible. Roasting in small batches allows Stogsdill to bring out the best in the bean. Anyone buying beans or stopping in for a coffee can expect peak flavor.

Alana’s is named after Eric’s 11-year-old although he came across a slight dilemma when his 7-year-old Ava was born. To circumnavigate sibling rivalry, Stogsdill named many of the beans and roasts in Ava’s honor including Ava y el Ruiseñor. The name was a collaboration between Stogsdill and producer Anny Pimentel, who grows the coffee beans on her farm, Finca Loma La Gloria, in El Salvador. “She loves birds, and I said I needed to name something after Ava, so she came up with Ava the Nightingale,” said Stogsdill.

One of the only shops on the Westside to use a Slayer espresso machine, Alana’s serves a sweeter shot of espresso with maximum viscosity. The flow rate is manually controlled during a pre-infusion stage, and this allows for a finer grind size and versatility of flavor profiling.

Try it for yourself!

Alana’s serve coffee, pastries, and sell bags of their house roasted coffee beans in Mar Vista at 12511 Venice Boulevard. There’s ample parking and with free wifi, Alana’s might just be the hottest new place to work from home.

Locals working the free wifi.
Related Posts

Tokyo-Style Pizza?

April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

The Rose Venice’s Jason Neroni announces plans for former A-Frame space on Washington Blvd. By Kerry Slater A Venice-chef is...

Restaurant Spotlight: Tar And Roses Serves Up Wood-Fired Cuisine, Earthy Wines With Reopening

April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021

Popular SM restaurant back up and running By Toi Creel Far too many restaurants have fallen victim to the pandemic....

Mixed-Use Development Proposed for Windward Circle

March 23, 2021

March 23, 2021

Three-story townhouse project with restaurant planned for Main Street in Venice By Sam Catanzaro A developer wants to replace two...

Check out the 10 Venice Restaurants Taking Part in dineL.A.

February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

First ‘spring’ season of culinary event to begin first week in March By Kerry Slater 10 Venice restaurants will participate in...

Venice Student Receives Education Award from The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Seven area students were presented Education Awards by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition at the first-ever...

PIQUE Health Not Your Average Medical Practice

December 7, 2020

December 7, 2020

PIQUE Health is the very first comprehensive mens health center in Beverly Hills. With highly personalized treatment plans that fit...

Acclaimed Abbot Kinney Restaurant Closes 18-Months After Opening

November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

Vartan Abgaryan says Abbot Kinney Boulevard restaurant Yours Truly will not be reopening By Kerry Slater An acclaimed Abbot Kinney...

Senior Housing Development Would Include 12-Stories, Over 100 Units

November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020

Belmont Village project to go before Westwood Design Review Board By Sam Catanzaro A 12-story, 153-foot-tall, senior housing project is...

Venice Getting Indonesian Restaurant: Westside Food Scene

October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Westside Food Scene October 22, 2020 By Kerry Slater New Indonesian Restaurant Opening in Venice A restauranteur has opened an...

Swimmer Abby Bergman is Fourth Person to Cross Santa Monica Bay

October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020

On September 3, Abby Bergman succeeded in swimming solo 27 miles across Santa Monica Bay in 16 hours 25 minutes...

Edify TV: National Women’s Health and Fitness Day!

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

September 30th marks National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, Here are a few fun activities to try out in celebration...

COVID-19 Could Have Been in Los Angeles as Early as Last December

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

UCLA study reports significant increase in coughs and acute respiratory failure prior to first official cases of COVID-19 By Sam...