Nimbus Coffee just opened several months ago by two students of law who wanted to start their own business. The shop’s goal is to combine the worlds of Harry Potter and Hip-Hop to create a fun and unique coffee house in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. In order to get around the copyright, they dip their magic world in a batter of pop culture and chic aesthetic.
Nimbus Coffee had plenty of seating in their coffee house, with soft, velvet chairs and booths. Along the walls were fun, Harry Potter themed knick-knacks. My favorite addition to the design, featured in the video below, was a giant poster with video to mimic the wizarding world’s Daily Prophet newspaper. Amazing. I am applauding for this. It was engaging and super fun to watch. Very impressive.
But remember, this is a coffee shop. And if a coffee shop doesn’t have good coffee, then what is it really worth?
Though Mitchell and I were planning on hanging out at the coffee shop and do some reading, we found that the blaring of constant Disney music was a little too distracting for us. Also, do they know that Disney music has nothing to do with Harry Potter or Hip-Hop?
While a music playlist like this might appeal to some visitors, it left me both confused and with a headache. Also, besides the portraits, we didn’t get much of a Hip-Hop vibe from the place at all. It would have been a much better (and coherent) idea to play some ambient Hip-Hop in the background.
Their music wasn’t the only confusing part of the experience. The menu was also a bit hard to understand. While I enjoyed the sideways fonts and funky names, the descriptions were a little lacking. I went with the Mischief Macarooned, which was said to be made with almond milk and coconut cream. What the menu didn’t tell me was that there was going to be a cookie on top of my drink. It doesn’t mention this at all in the description.
Again, some may be pleasantly surprised by this addition, but I was just left double-taking at the menu as I tried to figure out if I had ordered the wrong drink. I didn’t eat the cookie which appeared to be just egg whites covered in sprinkles (no thanks). By the time I took the cookie out it was already melting on the bottom.
Nothing was labeled well in their bakery showcase. There weren’t clear markings on what might contain potential allergens. In this day and age, and especially in Los Angeles, this is crucial.
The actual drinks were good but not great. Mitchell ordered the house coffee. It was rich in flavor and not too bitter for a dark roast. It was also $3.50. My drink was over $6 and was alright. Not too sweet, but very rich because of the coconut milk. I could barely taste vanilla, though the cinnamon on top added a spicy touch.
Though the baristas were nice and very friendly, the whole place ended up just being an off-brand Harry Potter and Disney face-plant. The wall paper and furniture were very cool and created an antique, magic aesthetic. Other than that, we left feeling a little jipped. The menu was short and unfinished. The drinks were average. And the atmosphere was not conducive for what coffee shops are usually utilized for. If that’s what they were going for great. But for me, it’s a no.
Needless to say, I probably will not be back again. Which is so sad! I wish my wizarding coffee friends had not let my magical heart down.
1115 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Sun/Sat 8 am – 4 pm
Tues-Fri 7 am – 6 pm