The Orange Vanilla Caffe Rico At Menotti’s Coffee Stop, Venice Beach

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Christopher “Nicely” Abel Alameda, the accomplished coffee professional and Instagram latte art star, often pays tribute to his Seattle coffee roots, crediting his time at Espresso Vivace as a pivotal influence. After working at Intelligentsia, Handsome Coffee Roasters, and The Hart and the Hunter, in late 2013 Nicely opened Menotti’s Coffee Stop … [Read more...]

This Lime And Wine Iced Latte Is Giving Us Life

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Los Angeles' beloved Cognoscenti Coffee Modbar cart has moved from its location at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park a few neighborhoods south, to Chinatown. Before the big move, operator Jack Benchakul took some time to visit Thailand, and came home inspired to create a few signature drinks for the new location. Yeekai Lim originally opened … [Read more...]

A Guide To What’s New, Now, And Nanolot In Los Angeles

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Whether you're lucky enough to call it home, or just visiting for this weekend's US Coffee Championships in Long Beach, Los Angeles is one of the most exciting coffee scenes to explore in the world right now. We love the old standbys and classic cafes, but for visitors the question is always "what’s new?" Lucky for you, your trusty Sprudge staff is … [Read more...]

The Croissant & Coffee Scene In LA Has Us Over The Moon

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During a recent trip to Los Angeles, the Sprudge editors made a delicious discovery in the form of a pastry. This said pastry was none other than an Everything Croissant that we shared at Superba Food + Bread. Then a few months later I was tooling around Venice visiting Nicely Abel at Menotti’s, on a soggy rainy day. Yes, we have those in LA too. I … [Read more...]

Rawr! Dinosaur Coffee Ravishes Los Angeles

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The recent opening of Dinosaur Coffee in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood proves that when it comes to coffee bar design, we certainly have not seen everything. Owners Michelle and Ben Hantoot invested a lot of time, energy, and money into ensuring that their new dinosaur inspired café would be a neighborhood gathering spot that is both … [Read more...]

Cafe Dulce Softly Opens New Downtown Los Angeles Expansion

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Café Dulce’s original location in Downtown Los Angeles' Little Tokyo neighborhood has become a destination cafe and bakery. Located in the middle of an outdoor mall with restaurants, a market, and gift and food shops, the shop is known for its coffee, milk teas,  ande delicious housemade treats like their green tea donuts and Korean cheesesteak … [Read more...]

Los Angeles: The Beautiful, Rare Japanese Coffee Goods of Tortoise General Store

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As we ready ourselves for the holiday season, a barrage of holiday sales and deals will ambush us on a daily basis from now through Christmas. How do you shop for that special coffee-particular person in your life while supporting small business? We have the answer. Tortoise General Store on Abbot Kinney has been a longtime favorite shopping … [Read more...]

We Talk Coffee With SNL Alum And Jazz Chanteuse Ana Gasteyer

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Ana Gasteyer loves coffee. So much so that when we called her to ask about her new album and her version of the classic novelty song “Proper Cup of Coffee”, we quickly found out that this Saturday Night Live alum had a lot to say about the subject—probably because she drinks many cups a day, just one of the enlivening factors in our very … [Read more...]

This Hello Kitty Cappuccino and Donut Combo Is Crazy Kawaii Cute

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When Sanrio announced that Hello Kitty would celebrate her 40th Anniversary in Los Angeles, fans of Japanese Kawaii cute culture cheered. As part of the festivities the Japanese American National Museum has “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” on view now with a retrospective and art show. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will open … [Read more...]

Document Los Angeles, A Koreatown Art Gallery And Multiroaster Cafe

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The light shines through from East and West facing doors illuminating through the new the DOC.U.MENT Coffee Bar and Gallery in Los Angeles. Simple long tables and school chairs fill the room. White walls that once were blank now hold the gallery's first exhibit, FACE. When I first walked into this cafe in shortly after its opening a few months … [Read more...]

Woodcat Coffee Hops into Echo Park, Los Angeles

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Echo Park is an iconic Los Angeles neighborhood. Adjacent to the historic Victorian houses of Angeleno Heights, this part of LA boasts a vibrant street art scene, one of the city's best record shops (Origami Vinyl), the essential 826LA Time Travel Mart, a much beloved teahouse and bakery from Valerie Confections, and of course the park itself, its … [Read more...]

Elabrew Opens An Eye-Popping New Cafe In Downtown Los Angeles

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With their buildout complete, a green hand in the shape of the "Westside" hand now guards the door to Downtown Los Angeles cafe Elabrew, the words "tea" and "coffee" teetering on top of an arrow beckoning guests within. At first glance inside, the space looks like an urban art gallery full of hands and snakes like this mural—but once in the cafe, … [Read more...]

The New Huckleberry Cookbook Has A Whole Chapter Devoted To Coffee. Find Out Why.

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In the new Huckleberry cookbook launched this week, Zoe Nathan Loeb chronicles her days in the bakery with Laurel Almerinda making muffins, scones, cakes, doughnuts, pancakes, breakfast dishes, and yes, coffee for Huckleberry Bakery & Café, arguably the most popular and delicious place to have breakfast in Santa Monica, California. Nathan owns … [Read more...]

5 Los Angeles Affogatos You Need In Your Life

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In Los Angeles, there are countless versions of affogato: the enchanting fusion of espresso and ice cream. Sprudge wanted me to find some of the best in the city but I knew I needed help. So I reached out to my friend and food blogger Nastassia Johnson. Nastassia Johnson is the founder of Let Me Eat Cake, and has made a name for herself … [Read more...]

Coffee Gets A Starring Role In Los Angeles At Superba Food + Bread

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This is the story of a restaurant that believes the coffee program is as important as the food. No, not a fairy tale, but a growing trend we here at Sprudge are documenting as it happens around the world. Today's glimpse into the food + coffee zeitgeist takes us to Venice, California, where Handsome Coffee alum Tyler Wells helms the coffee program … [Read more...]

The Coffee’s The Thing At Noble Roasting In Ashland, Oregon

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Ashland, Oregon, is well known for its vibrant arts scene, anchored by one of the country’s most celebrated theatre companies: the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). The theatre recently celebrated a 2014 Tony Award for Best Play for All the Way, a play they commissioned starring Bryan Cranston as LBJ, helmed by Artistic Director Bill … [Read more...]