11 New Coffee Spots Brewing Around LA

By Lesley Balla
February 24, 2014

The caffeine scene is seriously percolating around Los Angeles right now: with more local roasters, coffeehouses and pour-over stops popping up in every corner of town. It's so raging, in fact, that even out-of-town brands have set up shops to help keep our collective coffee head buzzing. Here are 11 new spots you shouldn't miss, whether for an espresso, cold-brew or rich, thick coffee shake.

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    Cafecito Organico

    The local roastery and growing coffeehouse chain recently opened an outpost in Eagle Rock, a neighborhood still untouched by the recent caffeine onslaught. Set in a strip mall on the Colorado Boulevard corridor, it’s not a huge shop, and it's simply appointed with a lever-pulled espresso machine at the counter, bags of Cafecito’s own beans on display and enough sidewalk out front for a few umbrella-covered tables, which are reportedly coming soon.

    1757 Colorado Blvd.

  • G&B at Grand Central Market

    Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski were one of the first new vendors to open at the historic market in Downtown LA, attracting hipsters and suits alike, coffee and coffee milkshake lovers alike, and everyone in between. The counter sits on the edge of the market at the Hill Street entrance, making a quick stop for perfectly pulled espressos, coffee drinks and hop-infused carbonated iced tea. If you’re not on foot, there’s free five-minute parking out front. Take advantage of the weekly cuppings every Wednesday to taste the range of coffees offered, including Ritual and Forty Ninth Parallel.

    317 S. Broadway

  • Alfred Coffee and Kitchen

    This chic shop sits among the tony boutiques on tree-lined Melrose Place, where Stumptown is served alongside Farmshop pastries, housemade sandwiches, salads, affogatos made with Portland’s Salt & Straw, and Pressed Juicery juices. In case the Portlandia vibe isn't obvious, the motto is “But First, Coffee,” and coffee sleeves come emblazoned with mustaches, fangs and teeth with braces.

    8428 Melrose Pl.; 323-944-0811

  • Brew/Well

    This Koreatown outfit keeps things local by using Andante beans, among others, and serving pastries from Burbank’s charming Quenelle bakery and ice cream shop. But in addition to drip coffee and other traditional drinks, you can also get lavender-scented cappuccinos, made with the house syrup, and ice-blended green tea. There are a lot of tables and outlets, as well as good WiFi.

    3525 W. Eighth St.; 213-384-0884

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    Copa Vida

    This buzzy coffeehouse and cafe opened a bean's throw away from Pasadena’s Intelligentsia, which itself added hipster street cred and coffee cachet to Old Town. The space is nice and sprawled out, with window seats, benches and high-top tables filled with sipsters and noshers alike. Like other slick new coffee shops, the beans come from top roasters around the country, including Ritual Coffee, Verve and 49th Parallel, and there are various apparatuses for brewing, including the Hario V60 for pour-overs and pump pots where you can fill your own mug for cheap. For food, you'll find all the usual pastry and snack suspects indicative of high-end coffee joints, from chocolate croissants to coffee-cake muffins.

    70 S. Raymond Ave.; 626-213-3952

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    Stumptown Coffee Roasters

    It's really no surprise that big third-wave roasters from Northern coffee towns have taken notice of our growing coffee scene in LA. Portland’s Stumptown opened its first California roastery and retail space in the Arts District. It’s more of a grab-and-go coffee bar - no seats at all - where you can pick up beans and brewing apparatuses, miso-butterscotch cookies, crazy-looking s'mores, or Spam and kimchi croissants from Sugarbloom Bakery. There are also cold-brew growlers, which you can buy and refill just like you might at a brewery. Behind glass walls you'll see the 60-kg Probat coffee roaster and a small training lab off to the side.

    806 S. Santa Fe

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    Go Get 'Em Tiger

    Glanville and Babinski also opened this streamlined little shop on Larchmont, a standout among the myriad chain coffeehouses on the same few blocks. The space is as minimalist as it gets: plywood box stools, a few tables, a corner bench and one long counter where a couple of guys pull espresso or filtered coffee. That's it. Bags of Ritual, Heart and Forty Ninth Parallel coffee beans perch on their shelves, adding color to the room, as do the vintage-looking red light fixtures. We love the ice chest filled with bottles of G&B's own cold-brew and the wonderfully thick coffee shake blended from vanilla ice cream, espresso and some coffee grounds. Snacks from The Donut Snob are also available, and the locally made coffee mugs make great gifts.

    230 N. Larchmont Blvd.

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    True & Brave at The Crossing

    This coffee outfit roasts its own beans locally and serves a straightforward coffee and espresso menu at the Atwater Village mixed-use complex. The mostly outdoor space, which also has a bar, pizzeria and BBQ joint, is a hidden gem along the residential block. Great space for an espresso and lingering over a good Nook.

    3245 Casitas Ave.

  • Andante Coffee Roasters

    Steve Hyun, Tommy Kim and Jacob Park  took over the former Buzz Coffee on busy Beverly Boulevard near The Grove, and while they’re roasting their beans off-site, they’re hoping to roast on-site soon. The space is more open than Buzz: with a long counter, communal tables, and a big bar where the pour-overs, espresso drinks and teas are made. Coffee comes in canning jars, which glisten nicely in front of all of the sun-filled windows. The cafe is filled with outlets for the local screenwriting brigade.

    7623 Beverly Blvd.; 323-525-0355

  • Menotti’s Coffee Stop

    The owners of two Venice watering holes, Townhouse and its Del Monte Speakeasy basement bar, added Menotti's Coffee Stop to the mix for Four Barrel coffee, espresso and lattes. Named for Cesar Menotti, the original owner of the Townhouse, the shop is right next to the bar, which means you can take your coffee in to "Irish it up" with whiskey, coffee liqueur and amaro-infused whipped cream. If you think Menotti's is all gimmick, consider the barista-in-charge, Christopher "Nicely" Alameda, who worked with Intelligentsia and Handsome Coffee Roasters, and won the Coffee Fest World Latte Art Championship three times.

    56 Winward Ave.; 310-584-8631

  • Coffee Commissary in Burbank

    This newer outpost of the serious coffee spot is right across the street from NBC Studios, which meant everything before The Tonight Show hightailed it to New York City. Still, local residents and in-the-know Warner Brothers workers pop into the vintage-mod shop for serious cups of joe made with a roster of coffees from Coava, Victrola and San Francisco's Sightglass. With a full kitchen at its disposal, there are delicious mini-quiches, sandwiches and other pastries made in-house. The outdoor patio and easy parking round out the list of star attractions.

    3121 W. Olive Ave.; 818-556-6055


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