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...]

Fashionable Cold Brew Fusions At Field Trip In Los Angeles

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Although Field Trip LA is located in one of the busiest areas of Hollywood in Los Angeles, right by Sunset and Vine, it’s a little hidden oasis on this busy tourist block. Walking in, you’ll notice a small but airy space. Very California decor adorns the wall, along with a welcoming chalkboard menu. The cafe offers Verve coffee and a great range of … [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...]

Blue Bottle Opens A Futuristic LA Bar in Venice Beach

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Blue Bottle officially opens their first Los Angeles expansion today, on the bright and bustling Abbot Kinney boulevard in Venice Beach, where it will vie for coffee-drinking mouth share alongside folks like Intelligentsia and Tom's Shoes. The new location is 660-square-foot walk-up space, similar to the company's iconic Hayes Valley alley … [Read more...]

Fliquor Bean Wants To Infuse Your Whiskey With Coffee

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For coffee lovers, it may be hard to imagine those times when coffee alone just isn't enough. But just imagine for a moment a scenario in which that sip of  Chemex-brewed glory or even a straight shot of single-origin espresso gives you that edge you need—and then some. Before you allow your brain to implode with the possibilities, read … [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...]

5 Inventive Coffee Drinks That Even Snobs Can’t Resist

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Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis with a world-class food and drink culture just waiting to be explored (provided you're down to occasionally wait in traffic). The city's coffee scene is particularly exciting, and while there are many exciting single-origin pour-overs and nuanced espresso shots to be had, there's also an exciting strain of fun, … [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...]

“Birds Of Unusual Vitality Vol. 2″ Now Available In Select Cafes, Online

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Eileen P. Kenny is the talented photographer and writer behind the coffee web's premiere interview magazine, Birds of Unusual Vitality. She is also Sprudge.com Melbourne desk, and we recently partnered with her to publish Birds of Unusual Vitality Vol. 2, a compilation of engaging interviews with coffee folk from around the globe. This book is now … [Read more...]

The Ecuador Interviews: Charles Babinski of G&B Coffee

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Charles Babinski is the co-owner of two cafes in the Los Angeles area, G&B Coffee and Go Get Em Tiger. First for Intelligentsia Coffee, and now for his own company, Mr. Babinski has distinguished himself as one of the most important and influential American barista competitors of the last half-decade, with national top 6 placements in 2010 … [Read more...]

We Went There: H Coffee House In Los Angeles

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H Coffee House, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, has been welcoming coffee lovers into its warm, spacious interior for a little over a month. The space feels like a home, and for good reason: It is the project of “Home Restaurant” owner Aram Serobian, who has run that neighborhood favorite next-door for over sixteen years. … [Read more...]

Requiem For A Brand: Looking Back At The Handsome Coffee Years

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Did someone say party? According to this timeline from Blue Bottle Coffee, it all goes down August 20th at the Mateo St. coffee bar, which remains an excellent place to throw a shindig. But let's not mince words here, people: this infographic marks not just the beginning of the end, but the quickly approaching end of the end for Handsome Coffee … [Read more...]

Build Outs Of Summer: Elabrew Coffee, Los Angeles

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In an ever-shifting Los Angeles coffee landscape, it's important to remember that beautiful people need more than beautiful places to go to enjoy beautiful cups of coffee. They need, from time to time, the beautiful cups of coffee brought to them—because frankly who has the time to look for parking in the Arts District anymore—and Elabrew, from its … [Read more...]