In Los Angeles, Connecting Micro Lots With Coffee Nuts (Via Video Phone)

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Around 4 p.m. on a recent Monday afternoon at Intelligentsia’s Silver Lake cafe, a dozen or so folks gathered in the patio of the cafe, chatting, texting, waiting. A MacBook and a television were set up in the corner, also waiting. Geoff Watts, the coffee company's vice-president and green buyer, arrived a few minutes after 4:00. He took his … [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...]

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...]