Spanish inspired coffee shop, Lorca, is taking a new spin on your traditional brew house. Located in Stamford and set to open mid-December, owner Leyla Dam decided she wanted to bring her childhood love of churros and intermingle it with her love for great coffee. She intends on her shop to be a blend of Spanish and American cultures, with the food and pastries to hail from Spain and Latin America and the coffee to come from Handsome Coffee Roasters in Los Angeles.
“When I decided to bring churros to Fairfield County, I went back to Spain to learn how to make them,” says Dam “There’s a huge culture around churros in Spain. It’s very much like late-night diner food here.” On the subject of competing with local giant, Starbucks, Dam says “Starbucks has made a niche, but I think people like the feel of somewhere local. Customers want to support businesses that aren’t large chains.”
The shop is really a family project, which we always love to see. Her brother, Cris Dam, and a friend, Mark Andreas, are building the furniture for the store and designing a mural. Employees will consist of family and friend’s of Dam’s. Interestingly, even the cafe name has a tie in with Dam’s family background by being named after her favorite writer, who was also grew up in her home town, Federico Garcia Lorca.
When the shop opens, it will be open from 7am to 8pm, making it a great coffee hangout any time of day.