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...]

10 Beautiful Paper Coffee Cups From “Coffee Cups Of The World”

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Let's be real. A staggering 500 billion paper cups are produced each year, most of which are not recyclable or compostable. Finding a reusable solution is far preferable, but in the meantime, one artist is photographing paper coffee cups and turning them into works of art. New York City based photographer Henry Hargreaves finds art in the … [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...]

Let’s Check Back In On That Tonx & Handsome Acquisition By Blue Bottle Coffee

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In April 2014 Sprudge.com was first to report that our friends and partners at Blue Bottle Coffee would be acquiring both Handsome Coffee Roasters and Tonx.org, in a move following their recent round of funding and planned expansion to Japan. In a series of blog posts yesterday, both Blue Bottle Coffee and Handsome Coffee Roasters have updated the … [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...]

Blue Bottle Coffee Buys Handsome and Tonx

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Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee, fresh off a $25.75 million dollar venture capital funding infusion, is acquiring Los Angeles coffee roastery and cafe Handsome Coffee Roasters as well as LA-based Tonx, an innovative subscription-only coffee roaster. This move marks a major new chapter in the company's expansion plans, which include a recently … [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...]