Cafe Santo is a small yet mighty coffee shop located in Los Angeles that places an emphasis on Oaxacan culture and flavors. Marlon Gonzalez moved to the United States in 2010 and dreamt of opening a community space for self-expression. After Gonzalez become a certified barista, he and his wife, Pilar Casteñeda, quit their jobs and opened Cafe Santo in 2016. Casteñeda runs the visual side of the business through photography, video, and art. After a few years of success, Cafe Santo became well known and now frequently teams up with other Latinx community members and businesses to deliver tasty bites and delicious drinks.
Pro Tip: Try Cafe Santo’s signature Oaxacan mocha for a rich mixture of chocolate and coffee that you’ll continue to want to come back for.
|Pilar Casteñeda & Marlon Gonzales|