Mobile Coffee Shop California Kahve Lands Permanent Residency in Silicon Valley

If it feels like Molly Welton and her mobile cafe California Kahve made headlines, that’s because they were. But just over a month later, the business appears to be expanding beyond being a daily fixture in Stinson Beach: Welton will open its first brick-and-mortar cafe in the five-star boutique Park James Hotel. to Menlo Park on El Camino. The entrepreneur informed his fans of the opening in an Instagram post over the weekend. “That’s a lot,” Welton says. “There are a lot of unknowns, but I’m super excited. They’ve been so awesome and they love my brand, so we’re gonna go for it.

Hotel representatives contacted Welton in early April and the deal was done throughout the month, she said. The hotel does not currently have a cafe option, but it does have a large outdoor and indoor space used by the Oak and Violent restaurant at night. For all intents and purposes, the space will be California Kahve throughout the morning and day — Welton will hang their logo and menu this week ahead of the opening.

The menu will be the same as offered on the mobile setup, but the food and matcha sides will be higher. Welton wants to experiment with loose leaf tea, like a lavender and mint matcha to create a simple syrup, and to amp up the seasonal features of the menu as well. Welton will continue to set standards like its wildflower honey latte and dark chocolate orange mocha with Tiny Footprint Coffee, a carbon-negative coffee importer that supports the reforestation of Ecuador’s Mindo cloud forest. “I will definitely stick to my classics,” says Welton. “But I’m excited to expand too.”

Each day, Welton will take over the space with quiches, ham and cheese croissants, and bowls, such as spirulina and a bowl of frozen fruit and a golden poppy bowl showcasing turmeric. Amour Wholesale in Redwood City, one of three bakers Welton interviewed, will provide baked goods such as a cranberry pistachio cake. Look for California Kahve at the Park James Hotel starting May 23 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Guests can take their coffee outside or sit inside the boutique hotel.
Molly Welton