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Roy Choi's Healthy Fast Food Chain LocoL Will Serve $1 Gourmet Coffee

LocoL brew (via Instagram)
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Chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson's new healthy fast food restaurant will offer affordable cups of high-quality coffee thanks to a new partnership.

The two chefs have partnered with Tony Konecny, co-founder of Tonx Coffee—which was acquired by Blue Bottle—to offer $1 cups of gourmet coffee at LocoL, their soon-to-open fast food spot in Watts. According to Eater LA, they plan to offer the type of top-notch coffee that you'd find at the best shops around town for a much lower price by roasting quality beans in-house.

"Their question was 'can we do a $1 cup of coffee and make it really good?'" Konecny says in a post on Medium about the challenge presented by Choi and Patterson. "We tossed around a few scenarios, strategies and potential partnerships, but in the end landed on doing the roasting operation in-house."

Choi and Patterson mentioned at a panel discussion last year that LocoL won't be offering soda at the chain—which will soon include a second location in San Francisco—but instead they'll have aqua frescas and coffee. So, in addition to fresh renditions of $4 burgers, $2 chicken tenders and $6 rice bowls—and let's not forget about those quesadilla-and-taco hybrid Foldies—diners at the ambitious new restaurant chain can look forward to a cup o' joe for little more than pocket change.

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As for the specifics of what types of coffee they will offer and other details, Konnecny says we'll just have to wait. "If you're a coffee geek, you've probably got a lot of questions. And maybe at some point, we'll share some of our answers. Right now, it's both a work-in-progress and a labor of love," he said.

LocoL is located at 1950 East 103rd St. in Watts and is expected to open on January 18 at 11 a.m.

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