Mobile Coffee Shop California Kahve Lands a Permanent Home in Silicon Valley

If it felt like Molly Wilton and her mobile café California Kahve only made the news, it was because they were. But a little more than a month later, the business is looking to grow beyond just a daily occurrence in Stinson Beach: Welton will open its first coffee shop at the five-star boutique Park James Hotel in Menlo Park in El Camino. The entrepreneur let her fans know about the opening in an Instagram post over the weekend. “It’s a lot,” Wilton says. “There’s a lot of unknowns, but I’m super excited. They’ve been so amazing, and they love my brand, so we’re going for it.”

Hotel representatives reached out to Wilton in early April, and agreed to the deal over the course of the month, she said. The hotel does not currently have coffee options, but it does have a large indoor and outdoor space that the Oak and Violent Restaurant uses at night. For all intents and purposes, the space at California Kahve will be all morning and day—Wilton will be pinning its logo and menu this week before opening.

The menu will be the same as that offered in the mobile setting, but the food and matcha sides of the stuff will be raised. Wilton wants to check out loose leaf teas, such as lavender and mint teas to make a simple syrup, and to amplify the seasonal features on the menu, too. Wilton will continue to set standards like wildflower honey latte and dark chocolate orange mocha with Tiny Footprint Coffee, a carbon-negative coffee importer supporting the reforestation of the Mindo Cloud Forest in Ecuador. “I’m definitely going to stick with the classics,” Wilton says. “But I’m also excited about the expansion.”

Each day, Wilton will take over with a quiche croissant, ham and cheese, and bowls like spirulina, a bowl of frozen fruit, and a bowl of golden poppy featuring turmeric. Amour Wholesale in Redwood City, one of the three bakers Wilton interviewed, will provide pastries such as the pistachio cranberry cake. Find California Kahve at the Park James Hotel May 23 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Guests can have their coffee outside or take a seat inside the boutique hotel.
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