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...]

We Do Dishes With The Coffee Design Team At notNeutral

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If you spend any time in North American specialty cafes, it’s quite likely that you’ve been served a drink in one of notNeutral’s striking ceramic cups. But did you know that notNeutral is a division of the renowned Los Angeles architecture firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios, and that their signature coffee cups are the result of an intensive design … [Read more...]

We Went There: Inside Coffee CoLab In Downtown Los Angeles

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The Downtown Los Angeles coffee scene is rapidly heating up, owing to this neighborhood's availability of retail spaces and ongoing transformation into a destination hub for LA city life. It's a neighborhood in flux, constantly fielding new editions and attracting exciting people from around the world. And now, one of the newest entrants to the … [Read more...]

Where To Drink Coffee In Los Angeles With LA Weekly’s Tien Nguyen

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Whip-smart, a keen attention to detail, and a passion for craft--that's the coffee writing of Tien Nguyen. A longtime contributor to the LA Weekly, more recently Nguyen worked with Chef Roy Choi to organize and co-write his memoir, L.A. Son, then headed out on the road for an entertaining and sometimes arduous book tour. Now Nguyen has officially … [Read more...]

Jeff Newton’s “Americano Mondays” Is Coffee Photography At Its Best

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Jeff Newton first fell in love with coffee culture while working at Gold Bar Espresso in Tempe, AZ. Years later, he's a sought after photographer based in Los Angeles whose lens has captured stars like Emma Stone, Tony Hawk, Lindsey Vonn, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Steve Nash, with a client list that includes Nike, Sports Illustrated, Conde Nast, and … [Read more...]

Inside Roy Choi’s New Cafe At The Line Hotel

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At the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Normandie, in the vibrant Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, the newly opened Line Hotel is quickly becoming a neighborhood hub. The hotel's gorgeously serene rooms, with concrete walls and stunning views of the city, certainly help, but the big buzz here is the hotel's slate of eclectic food and beverage … [Read more...]

We Interview Chef Roy Choi About His New Koreatown Coffee Bar

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Chef Roy Choi needs no introduction, but here goes: Choi's famed Kogi BBQ truck opened in 2008, fusing Korean and Mexican culinary traditions into a patois of American foodstyle that has spawned a thousand imitators, but never equaled. Think dishes like kimchi quesadillas, short rib sliders, and spicy pork tacos. Choi helped revolutionize American … [Read more...]

“The Clay Tells Me What It Wants To Become” — An Interview With Noted LA Ceramicist Ben Medansky

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Sprudge readers and Los Angeles coffee enthusiasts are no doubt well aware by now of the growing empire of Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski. The duo's G&B Coffee at Grand Central Market and Go Get Em Tiger (GGET) in Larchmont have become LA coffee favorites, earning the duo a coveted Sprudgie Award, frequent mentions in the wider press, and … [Read more...]

The Timeless Design and Modern Appeal of Heath Ceramics

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The timeless, iconic vessels of Heath Ceramics have held all manner of American food and drink since the company was founded in 1948. Today, their fine ceramics are experiencing something of a resurgence in popularity, especially amongst the high-end food and coffee crowd. It could be argued that Blue Bottle Coffee helped start the trend by using … [Read more...]

After A Six Month Soft Open, Bar Nine Collective Is Now Live In Los Angeles

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Following an extensive soft opening period delayed by layers of permits and hiccups, Bar Nine Collective is now open for business in LA's Culver City neighborhood. Featured in the 2013 edition of our Build Outs of the Summer series, the team at Bar Nine have spent the last 9 months building, roasting, waiting, and practicing for service. Apparently … [Read more...]

Tyler Wells Exits Handsome, Announces Attractive New Project

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It's been something of an open secret in the Los Angeles coffee scene, but today we can confirm that Tyler Wells, 1/3rd of the original founding team at Handsome Coffee Roasters, has departed from the project. This is old news for people that know Wells well; December 16th, 2013 was his last day with Handsome, but no formal announcement has been … [Read more...]

Brunch Watch: Cognoscenti Coffee’s New Modbar Cart At Good Girl Dinette

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Good Girl Dinette opened in the spring of 2009 in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The shop's press resume is impressive, including multiple mentions by the L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly, New York Times, and Saveur, and I know many an Angeleno who seeks out Good Girl for their fix of pho, porridge, imperial rolls, banh mi, and rice noodle … [Read more...]

Momofuku & Le Comptoir Alum Launches Lunch At Go Get Em Tiger

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If you're a Sprudge reader in the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand, the notion of an excellent coffee bar adding a smart new food program might not seem like news. But here in Los Angeles, and across the United States really, the notion of a great kitchen in a coffee bar remains a largely foreign notion. There are exceptions, of course, … [Read more...]

We Went To Dumb Starbucks And It Was Dumb

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Update: Dumb Starbucks was revealed today to be the work of Nathan Fielder, the host of Comedy Central's "Nathan For You" docu-comedy televsion program. Congratulations to Mr. Fielder for creating the greatest food media dogpile of 2014...so far. We now return you to our dumb coverage of Dumb Starbucks, due next in Brooklyn in 2 weeks.  In the … [Read more...]

The Wonders of the Coffee Bacon Jam Burger at Eggslut

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Chef Alvin Cailan's wildly popular Eggslut has recently graduated from food truck to full on all-day egg bar at Los Angeles' Grand Central Market. Eggslut has been a bit of a cult favorite among LA coffee aficionados thanks to the truck's roving tour outside some of the cities best cafes, and the affection is certainly mutual. To prove his love of … [Read more...]