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Verve Coffee - Downtown Los Angeles

Verve Coffee – Downtown Los Angeles

Verve is a well regarded roastery and cafe out of Santa Cruz, CA. In the past couple years they’ve expanded with a handful of shops in Los Angeles and even an outpost in Tokyo. Their first Los Angeles location debuted at the Ace Hotel in Downtown, and it’s a really striking space. Mirrors give the...
Bar Nine, Los Angeles

Bar Nine, Los Angeles

Bar Nine is a Culver City-based cafe and roaster that recently celebrated its second anniversary. Despite its relative youth, the company is making a name for itself by experimenting with long-established cafe norms. Bar Nine isn’t alone here: I’ve noticed a wider move among more progressive coffee bars, especially in California, to drop some “Third Wave”...
Menotti's Coffee Stop - Venice, CA

Menotti’s Coffee Stop – Venice, CA

Last time I was in Los Angeles, I kept getting recommendations to visit a little shop called Menotti’s right next to the Venice Beach boardwalk – and I’m glad I did. Coffee service is lead by Nicely Abel Alameda, one of LA’s more affable, well-known baristas who’s developed something of a following as he’s moved...
Blacktop Coffee, Los Angeles

Blacktop Coffee, Los Angeles

There’s a relatively fresh addition to Los Angeles’ rapidly blooming downtown coffee repertoire, located on a block that aptly showcases the new downtown LA. The new shop is called Blacktop Coffee, but its owner’s name isn’t new to anyone following specialty coffee – Tyler J. Wells was one of the founders of Handsome Coffee (now...
A Look Back: Los Angeles Coffee Culture (Part 3)

A Look Back: Los Angeles Coffee Culture (Part 3)

Continuing from Part 1 and Part 2 of my look back at LA’s growing Coffee Culture, it’s time to look at what has changed over time: Handsome Coffee Roasters: recently acquired by Blue Bottle and in the midst of being assimilated, so it remains to be seen what happens here! In the mean time, here’s...
A Look Back: Los Angeles Coffee Culture (Part 2)

A Look Back: Los Angeles Coffee Culture (Part 2)

Here’s the second in a series of posts looking back at LA’s growing coffee culture (see Part 1 here). Below you’ll witness the proliferation of both multi-roaster shops, like Cognoscenti Coffee and Commissary Coffee), as well as home-grown roastery-cafes like Portola and Cafecito Organico.   Proof Bakery / Cognoscenti Coffee, Atwater Village A perfect match...
A Look Back: Los Angeles Coffee Culture (Part 1)

A Look Back: Los Angeles Coffee Culture (Part 1)

It was around 2006 when I discovered the world of coffee that existed beyond diner breakfasts, Starbucks’ caramel macchiatos, and indie cafes that put more effort into their poetry nights than their coffee prep. It all started with a blog post I’d read about the Aeropress. That review led to a purchase, which spiraled into...
Single Origin Meets Single Malt

Single Origin Meets Single Malt

UPDATE: Looks like this event has sold out now! If you’re in Los Angeles, the LA Coffee Club and Caffe Luxxe are hosting what looks like a pretty fun coffee and whisky tasting later this month. Check the details below: Join LA Coffee Club and Caffe Luxxe for a coffee and whisky tasting seminar, hosted...
Huell Howser on LA's New Coffee Culture

Huell Howser on LA’s New Coffee Culture

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Huell Howser has had a number of shows on public television exploring California’s many hidden gems, history, and culture, and he’s something of an institution with his primary show, California’s Gold, spanning 18 seasons. I grew up watching them, though sadly he passed away last week, so in memory I...
Handsome Coffee Roasters, Los Angeles

Handsome Coffee Roasters, Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ coffee scene has been steadily growing since I left it back in 2008, and one of the most acclaimed newcomers is Handsome Coffee Roasters. Based in the Downtown Arts District, Handsome was founded by several Intelligentsia expatriates: Michael Phillips, the 2010 World Barista Champion; Tyler J. Wells, former manager of Intelli’s Pasadena cafe;...
Intelligentsia Venice, Silver Lake, and Pasadena

Intelligentsia Venice, Silver Lake, and Pasadena

What follows is a little photographic ode to Intelli’s California outposts. I took these  around August, 2011, and also earlier this June, 2012. These remain some of the best coffees I’ve had and I always enjoy stopping by when I return home to Los Angeles. I wanted to highlight how unique each location is, each...
Single Origin Coffee, LA Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax

Single Origin Coffee, LA Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax

Coffee news in recent weeks has been dominated by the highly anticipated opening of Handsome Coffee Roasters in Downtown LA. But not to be overshadowed, another noteworthy cafe called Single Origin just opened its doors. This new shop is in the Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax, next to the Grove shopping mall, and it’s...