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Proof Bakery

Posted on 02 March 2013 by mattbaker

3156 Glendale Blvd   Los Angeles, CA 90039

3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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This is a cool little spot located in Echo Park. It has delicious baked good out the yin yang to choose from and a little seating area to enjoy them. Not much for atmosphere, but maintains a healthy flow of beautiful people coming and going. A Strada Machine that highlights the quality Four Barrel Coffee they use. The coffee was smooth with good color, but just lacked a little bite. It was almost too smooth for my taste. I like to have the flavor explode in my mouth, and this was just lacked that little extra spark. Solid coffee anywhere else, but not going to knock your sunglasses off.

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+ Baked Goods
+ People Watching
+ Echo Park

 

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Intelligentsia Coffee

Posted on 03 January 2013 by mattbaker

1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, Los Angeles, CA 90291

1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, Los Angeles, CA 90291

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Intelligentsia is a fun and amazing espresso shop. There are a few around LA, but my favorite is in Venice. When I am in LA I always make an effort to stop in on the Venice spot. It’s a little over the hipster top for me, but I get it. They want to make you feel like they are a European hipster espresso scientist that know more about espresso then anyone in the entire world. The shop has a very unique layout. The bar is a circle in the middle of the room with what seems to be 10 people working behind. There are multiple machines around the bar, you are pointed to one of the espresso stations for a one on one interaction with one of the baristas. They present it to you like a piece of art and take your. The shop moves like a finely tuned machine. Regardless of the awkwardness the system might create, the coffee does not let you down. A amazing blend with bold flavors and a cup that goes down so smooth, you almost are sad when it is gone. I had a very hard time with the internet, but I am glad because the people watching is so much better then who likes my facebook status. This is a must-do stop on your coffee adventure in LA-LA Land.

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LAMILL Coffee

Posted on 26 September 2012 by mattbaker

1636 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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LAMILL is nestled in a convenient spot in the hipster haven of Silver Lake. Let’s face it, if you are a coffee aficionado, this is a must stop along your coffee life path. With a gold plated La Marzocco and a culture that makes you feel like coffee is what is really important in the universe this place delivers on multiple levels. The food is fantastic and the culture is what every coffee shop should be. If you have your coffee in, they seat you and serve you up one of the dozens of fantastic drinks they offer. A simple layout, with a murals of ancient Greece decorating the walls, LAMILL is setting the bar high for all coffee shops in Silver Lake. This is a “All System Must Go.”

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+ Fucking Awesome

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Groundwork Coffee

Posted on 26 September 2012 by mattbaker

671 Rose Avenue
Venice, CA

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There are a few of these around town, but I really like the one in Venice. Groundworks in Venice is a cool brick place with a funky outside seating area and a real rooty feel to it. With drawers upon drawers of different blends of coffee to choose from, this coffee shop has all the essentials to fill your coffee urge. However this place is another example of Urbanspoon letting me down. This was the highest rated coffee shop in Venice, rated 10% higher then the far superior Intellegencia. This place delivers a pretty good cup, but does not deserve the top spot in the venice coffee totem pole. If you are looking for the best this is not it, but they do have a La Marzocco, double shot policy and a pretty cool staff. You won’t be let down with the quality and it has a nice community vibe to it with lot’s of smiles and small talk that is missing from so many shops. Have a seat, watch the celebrities come and go and enjoy some delicious coffee.

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Venice Grind

Posted on 25 September 2012 by mattbaker

12224 VENICE BLVD
LOS ANGELES, CA 90066

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The Venice Grind is the spot. I am so glad I found this place amongst the craziness of Venice Blvd. With an amazing and decked out La Marzocco and a Stumptown bean the barista’s here make your coffee like Walter White makes Meth. It is perfect! This is the kind of attention to detail you wish everyone possessed. The barista smelled, swirled and made sure everything was of the upmost quality before he served me a rosetta dressed latte of goodness. Great art with a Shepard Fairey exhibit up. I have been here twice and can’t get enough of it. They have food and other things available, but who needs that when you got such great coffee.

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