Cafe Snapshots: Los Angeles
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.
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.
Shops submitted by readers:
Spring for Coffee (Downtown L.A.)