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Los Angeles
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...
9 Days in LA Part Three: Intelligentsia

9 Days in LA Part Three: Intelligentsia

Last winter I was able to go home to Los Angeles with Claire for a quick 9 day holiday vacation with my family. Here’re some pictures of our visit to Intelligentsia’s Venice and Silver Lake locations. I feel like everyone knows about Intelligentsia already and a review would be redundant, so I’ll just share some...
9 Days in LA Part Two: Aroma Coffee & Tea

9 Days in LA Part Two: Aroma Coffee & Tea

Aroma Coffee & Tea is right off the 101 freeway, on a quiet neighborhood block full of little restaurants, thrift shops, and boutiques built in re-purposed existing homes. The residential locale, house-like interior proportions, and foliage covered outdoor seating makes it feel like a well kept neighborhood secret. That is, until you see the line...
9 Days in LA Part One: LAMILL

9 Days in LA Part One: LAMILL

Despite ambitious plans to hit a different cafe on each day of our Christmas trip to LA, it turns out that there’s more to life than coffee(!). Visiting your home town for nine days is really not enough time to see everyone and do everything, though it was enough time to get a $446 speeding...