We are proud to have Canyon Coffee on the shelves of Erewhon Organic Grocer and Cafe.
Erewhon now carries Canyon Coffee's Beachwood, Afternoon Decaf, Tolima Especial (Colombia) and Sollomo (Ethiopia) on their shelves at all five of their locations around Southern California (see locations below).
Prior to starting Canyon Coffee, we had been regular Erewhon customers for years. Back when they only had one location on Beverly (not far from our coffee shop, Neighborhood), we welcomed any excuse to visit that part of Los Angeles so we could stop in for lunch or just to peruse what new items they had on in their shelves.
This is because Erewhon is not your conventional grocery store. Their old motto was "If it's here, it's good for you." The "Erewhon Standard" states: "We strive to sell only the purest, ethically and sustainably produced foods, wellness and beauty products, and household items." Their mission is to provide products that are good for people and the planet.
For the customer, this means that you can stop in and get a quick lunch of the quality you'd expect to find only at a quality sit-down restaurant. When shopping for produce or pantry items, you know that you can trust anything in the grocery store to be fresh, organic and of the best quality.
Part of the fun of perusing the shelves at Erewhon is finding all the different new health and wellness products available there. The health and wellness section is akin to a homeopathic pharmacy, and the staff on hand can typically recommend products for whatever need, purpose or ailment you're looking to medicate.
We've always been the kind of people who place a high value on what we're putting into and onto our bodies. Erewhon is on the same page.
The typical gripe with the grocer is that it's not cheap—and it's true that they're not competing with the rates you see at budget grocery stores. But you simply can't get the quality Erewhon provides at other grocery stores! So for us it's a balance of getting food at farmers markets and through our CSA farm box, with Erewhon as a consistent source of all the other products we need.
We've seen many of our friends' companies find an early champion in Erewhon for their food and wellness products who have gone on to great success, in large part thanks to the platform Erewhon provided.
We were elated when Erewhon opened the doors of their third location in Venice, where we lived at the time and were in the process of starting Canyon Coffee. Having gotten to know most of the team at the store, they were interested to hear more about our new company as we got it going. Since we were producing certified organic coffee (the only natural choice for us, as people who consume organic food), Canyon checked the boxes of the Erewhon Standard. What's great and even unique about Erewhon, compared to larger, more corporate grocery chains, is that we and small companies like us are able to deal with and sell directly to the market without a distribution company.
Erewhon gave us a chance, and we will always be grateful to them for that! As they continue to expand and open more stores, we are excited to be a part of people's Erewhon experience.
If you want to learn more about Erewhon, check out this interview Voyage LA did with our friend, Jason Widener.
Erewhon has five locations around Southern California:
7660 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
26767 Agoura Rd.
Calabasas, CA 91302
585 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
2800 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
15285 W. Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272