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This Cuban immigrant family has been keeping Los Angeles caffeinated for half a century

This Cuban immigrant family has been keeping Los Angeles caffeinated for half a century

When you go to Don Francisco’s Casa Cubana, a sleek new coffeehouse in the Spring Arcade Building in downtown Los Angeles, you might want to order a cortadito — espresso with steamed milk — and walk to the rear, past the antique coffee gear on display, past the swank Victoria Arduino Black Eagle espresso machines. There, on the back wall, are striking photos of four generations of Gaviñas.

This is the Gaviña family’s first coffee shop, but not their first foray into coffee. This year marks their 50th year of roasting coffee in the Los Angeles area, not an insignificant milestone in a town that sees trends come and go faster than you can Instagram...

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