Yeekai Lim, founder of Cognoscenti Coffee (and affectionately known as Cog Coffee), started Cognoscenti as a coffee pop-up. Prior to coffee (and a world away in New York), he founded miL Studio, after working for architectural notables that included Frank Gehry, Frank Stella, Leeser Architecture, 1100 Architects and Chong Partners. When the economy slowed down and projects dwindled, serendipitously he discovered his passion for coffee.
Cognoscenti Coffee and Proof Bakery’s partnership spawned a wave of true craft in Atwater Village. Established in 2010, Cognoscenti Coffee in Proof Bakery had found a permanent home in December 2012 arts district of Culver City. Two locations have opened since, both in 2016 - Olive St and San Julian. Yeekai Lim believes in paying forward; just as the small coffee community has been helpful and supportive of him. He hopes to share what he has learned and spread love in the coffee community.