Cafe Snapshots: Los Angeles

Los Angeles coffee shops on a map

I (Matt) was fortunate enough to visit family in sunny California this past week and took the opportunity to visit some cafes in the L.A. area. I was fairly unaware of the coffee scene around L.A. before visiting, but came away impressed with a well developed coffee culture. Unfortunately, I coudn't make it around to all the shops I wanted to visit (see the list at the end of the post), but I did make it to four shops: Caffe Luxxe (Santa Monica), Paper or Plastik (L.A.), Intelligentsia (Venice), and Element Coffee (Camarillo). Highlights from these shops were: sensory station at Caffe Luxxe that allowed you to smell the grounds of the three coffees they were offering via pour-over, the option of six different single origin coffees to choose from at Element Cafe, having multiple roasters to choose from at Paper or Plastic, and being served up a tasty capp at one of my all-time favorite coffee bars, Intelligentsia Venice.

Cafe Luxxe

Caffe Luxxe

Paper or Plastik

Paper or Plastic cafe

Intelligentsia Venice

Intelligentsia Venice

Element Coffee

Element Coffee

A few other L.A. coffee shops worth checking out: Espresso Cielo (Santa Monica), Cafe Demitasse (L.A.), CoffeeBar (L.A.), Coffee Commisary (West Hollywood), and the soon to open Handsome Coffee Roasters (L.A.). Feel free to drop a line in the comments if you have any other L.A. cafe recommendations and keep an eye on our Facebook page and Google+ page for a few more pictures from the trip.

Huge thanks to @RyanSoeder and @_Dylan_Evans for the recommendations as well as @LAGrind.

Shops submitted by readers:

Spring for Coffee (Downtown L.A.)

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Balconi Coffee on Sawtelle and Olympic is one fantastic yet unsung hero of Los Angeles coffee.

I've been to a few but alas my favorite is

Noticed we already had Demitasse, but we'll add Spring. Let us know if there is anything else that should be up there!

Thanks, we'll add those two shops to the post!

You missed a bunch of spots downtown that are doing it right. Demitasse and Spring for Coffee are both solid amazing shops. 

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