Artisanal roasters and coffee shops are popping up faster than you can say, “Whaddya mean you don’t serve skim?”
Herewith, the best new places to bag your beans and sip java made with love, sweat, and siphon pots.
Handsome Coffee Roasters
Getting your daily buzz is a veritable art form at the Arts District newcomer, where small-batch beans are roasted behind the bar by dapper Intelligentsia alums and a World Barista champion. Grab a seat at a communal table and enjoy the view with a brew. 582 Mateo Street, at Willow Street, Downtown (213-621-4194).
The Sycamore Kitchen
The La Brea cafe pours cups of joe from renowned Portland roaster Stumptown Coffee. Combine that with savory quiches, pastries, and a pup-friendly patio, and you may never have to use your coffeemaker again. 143 South La Brea Avenue, between West First and West Second Streets, Mid-City West (323-939-0151).
Single Origin at Short Cake
Fuel up at the Farmers Market with a cup of eco-conscious coffee from Verve, mochas spiked with TCHO chocolate, or Aunt Nancy’s Shakerato with four shots of the good stuff. Down twice-baked brioche with almond cream or a croissant sandwich for an extra boost. 6333 West Third Street, at South Fairfax Avenue, stall 316, Fairfax District (323-761-7976).
Cognoscenti Coffee at Proof Bakery
The pop-up coffee shop peddles java made from an ever-changing selection of quality roasters (Handsome Coffee, Four Barrel). Pick up a bag of fresh beans to tide you over until a permanent home opens in Culver City later this year. 3156 Glendale Boulevard, at Madera Avenue, Atwater Village (323-664-8633).
The cult coffee shop’s new Malibu outpost brews organic, single-origin beans with a side of beachy chic. Forgo your triple-shot latte for the Cafecito Organico, a double ristretto (read: short and strong) shot of Espresso Clandestino with steamed milk and raw sugarcane juice. 29169 Heathercliff Road, at Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu (213-537-8367).
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