ARTIST: DANIEL BENHAIM
We thought it only appropriate to launch our newest creative collaboration, SHREEBSxCOMMON, with the culinary artist behind the inventive cold brew latte menu at Shreebs Coffee.
A chef and friend who has led kitchens from New York to Japan, Daniel Benhaim now calls Los Angeles home and coffee concoctions are a mere side project for this culinary craftsman.
See how he's delighting eaters with artful bites of his American Kaiseki style cuisine and more info on his invite-only dinner club, Because The Wind.
HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE? BREW METHOD?
It depends on the day. Most often it’s Cuban style cortadito. A mix of brown sugar, a little sea salt and milk steamed, then poured over espresso. But, I'll also make myself a black Chemex pour-over when I’m looking for a long drink.
NAME SOMETHING YOU LOVE.
I love natural decomposition and the way things crack. Imperfection is the way I see through something, the subtle movements of deterioration and evolving to a new state.
WHAT IS KEY TO YOUR PROCESS?
I start off without a process. I learn as I go and let mistakes lead me to seeking new routes. This tends to send me on tangents and many side projects. The process and most difficult thing is in knowing when to fold it up.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?
I have this reoccurring dream of having acreage of land with an inn and being able to serve guests that stay with me. This space is that of solace and reflection and located within a coastal landscape. I would like to sustainably farm my own vegetables and livestock—be less reliant on others. I dream of self-sufficiency while remaining integral to the community.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE?
I just recently travelled through the northwestern part of California. I had never before been above San Francisco. It's mesmerizing and dramatic landscapes took something out of me. Coming back to Southern California I feel less connected. So, I might need to make it out there. Or, somewhere in Central America.
ON YOUR DEATHBED, LAST MEAL IN LA?
Hmm, last meal in LA. It wouldn’t be at any restaurant, but rather gathered at my home with family and friends. My favorite meals are when we are together enjoying each other's company.