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…

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…

The Refinery

The Refinery is an excellent shop in Santa Monica. They are a growing business that is quickly developing a solid reputation as an artisan coffee shop in the Los Angeles area. Although the Refinery has only been open for 4 months, their soft opening seems to have been fairly successful. In time, I can see them…

Balconi Cafe

Balconi is a cool little spot off Sawtelle that specializes in siphon brewed coffee. With the relatively recent boost in business growth around the “Little Osaka” area of West LA, a few coffee shops are also enjoying increased popularity. Balconi has existed as an established coffee destination since 1995, only recently moving to its current…

Urth Cafe

This place was pretty hyped up for me. I thought it was an “artisan” coffee joint because I had heard about and seen the quality of their work. So today, I finally made the trek out there. Immediately I was turned off by two things; the utter business of the store and its “manufacturing” of…

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

This place, along with Blue Bottle, has been a kind of “coffee unicorn” of sorts for my friends in the coffee business. These places have always been talked about like things of legend, things to be revered, and places I must go before the end of my coffee career. So, I finally took the trek…