Jimmy Boegle
The former Amici Italian Trattoria is slated to become the valley's third Koffi, according to a poster at the valley's second Koffi. Credit: Jimmy Boegle

At a time when locally owned coffee houses across the world are closing due to ever-expanding chains (like Starbucks and McDonald’s), here’s some refreshing news: Palm Springs’ Koffi recently announced plans to open a third location in Rancho Mirage.

However, a quick look at the spot slated to house the new location, at 71390 Highway 111, reveals that any opening is likely months away.

Koffi’s original spot, at 515 N. Palm Canyon Drive, was opened by owners John Abner and John Strohm in August 2002. They doubled the size of the place in 2005, and opened the second location, at 1700 S. Camino Real (at Palm Canyon Drive, across Camino Real from the Ace Hotel), in 2008.

At the Camino Real location, a large “Road Map to Koffi” poster has for weeks announced that the Rancho Mirage location—in the building that was formerly home to Amici Italian Trattoria, just a bit east of the Rancho Mirage Public Library—is “coming soon.”

Abner and Strohm, through Koffi general manager Troy Neifert, declined to comment for this story.

Therefore, I swung by 71390 Highway 111 today to peek in the windows. The space—which features a cute outdoor patio area to the west—was vacant and largely stripped out, save for some construction materials, including some orange cones.

We’ll keep our eye on the announced new Koffi location, and will post updates when available.

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Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...

One reply on “More Koffi? Indie Coffee Shop Announces Third Location … Sort Of”

  1. It does not surprise me that the simple act of responding to free publicity to drum up excitement and knowledge about their new location would be a difficult act for the non-communicative Koffi clan. You would think that they would see the opportunity to connect with their community and share their own… “excitement”… with seasoned and potential customers, even if just for good, jolly fun. It seems to be their M.O. these days no matter how or why you try to connect with them. What happened?

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