Chromatic Coffee 3rd Anniversary

  I’ve known the folks at Chromatic since before it was Chromatic and grew up with a few of them. They are changing the South Bay coffee game in huge ways. If you haven’t gone to their store to try some of the Gamut or their signature anniversary Unicorn Pony Blend (as rare as the real deal), now is a great…

Menotti’s Coffee Bar

  Menotti’s Coffee Bar is a killer establishment; hip, simple, straight-forward, no bells and whistles coffee. Located near the busy Venice Beach walk, it serves up coffee literally right off the beach. Want a quality cup after a nice stroll, skate session, or dip in the pond? Well, now you’ve got a spot! The store…

Cafe Demitasse at the Promenade

  Cafe  Demitasse’s new location at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica is not a far cry from the style, service, and quality of their original Little Tokyo location… and that’s a good thing! It’s nice to see more and more small, local shops steadily expanding their business one location at a time, ensuring…

Bourbon Steet Cafe

After visiting Bourbon St. Cafe several times, it has become one of my go-to places in K town. It is a simple, relaxing space in a great location, just down the street from some of my favorite restaurants. I was first drawn to Bourbon St. because of their beautiful Synesso on the bar which compliments their…

Conservatory for Coffee

The Conservatory for Coffee is hands down one of my favorite shops in the greater Los Angeles Area and definitely the Westside. Not only is the quality of the product notable and excellent, but the atmosphere and approach of the shop is something to be envied, in my personal opinion. Lots of stores can “get…

Funnel Mill Rare

Funnel Mill is a nice alternative to the hordes of Coffeebeans, SBs, and Pete’s in the Santa Monica area. Conveniently located along my biking route to the beach, it is a pleasant stop on the trip, far enough away from the business of the Promenade to enjoy a nice quiet drink in the late morning…

Ritual Roasters (Flagship Store)

While it may seem redundant to write separate entries for Ritual’s many locations, I feel the need to write one for every shop precisely because each one brings a little something different to the table. I love Hayes Valley because of the location and proximity to other sites in the neighborhood, not to mention the personable service experience. Napa’s…

Temple Coffee (Roastery)

Temple is an excellent independent roaster out of the Sacramento area that now gives me another reason to be excited about visiting the area. The building and aesthetics of the shop are wonderful, heavily laden with wood assents and designed with a dim yet comfortable and spacious seating area. Many people were there to lounge…

Literati Cafe

Literati Cafe is a conveniently located, restaurant/coffee that is sort of a “one stop shop” for all your daily caffeine and food needs. Given that it is less of a coffee shop and more a cafe, it is hard to judge their quality based solely on the coffee. So before visiting, just keep that in mind. It is…

LAMill Coffee

LAMill is in the heart of what some consider the starting point of the growing “artisan coffee” trend in Los Angeles. Indeed, Intellgentsia’s entry into the market started just a few blocks away and ever since, shops have been popping up all over LA to stake their claim. Suffice to say, Intel is no easy…

Groundwork Coffee

Coffee perspectives change from region to region. What is popular or “good” in one area will not necessarily rival or compare to that of another. As with most things in life, it’s matter of perspective. Groundwork has been suggested to me by a few LA friends,  baristas and enthusiasts alike. Local chains are always a…

Demitasse Cafe

Demitasse Cafe is an excellent little shop in the heart of Los Angeles’ Japantown, featuring coffee from several roasters including Handlebar and Handsome, two of my favorites. The multi-roast bar is located on a picturesque corner and high volume walkway right in front of Weller Court. It is easily accessible by car or train, ideally situated such that…