Tag Archives: Coffee

Intelligentsia at Target — In Related News, Pigs Fly

11 Mar



It may not be the biggest surprise ever at Target, but it’s close. You can now buy Intelligentsia coffee at Target. It’s in the aisle next to the Folger’s and Yuban and Starbucks.

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Lord Windsor Roasters in Long Beach

4 Mar

Long Beach has a surprisingly good coffee scene, with Lord Windsor Roasters and Rose Park Roasters leading the charge. It’s worth checking them out if you’re in the neighborhood.

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Bar 9 Collective — A New Roaster in Culver City

26 Dec

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Culver City, considering its reputation as a food destination, has been relatively weak in good coffee. Cognoscenti is awesome. Akasha and Rockenwagner serve Stumptown. Scoops Westside pours Intelligentsia. But the only real roaster in town has been the Coffee Conservatory, an older place near Sony.

Bar 9 opened a couple years ago to make sure that hipsters who got lost and wandered into the Westside would have somewhere to get coffee.

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Blue Bottle Coffee in Venice

21 Jan

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Blue Bottle Coffee is hitting LA, starting in the coffeedouche-friendly confines of Abbot Kinney and the DTLA Arts District. While Blue Bottle’s arrival is welcome, it means the death of LA’s Handsome Coffee — true coffeedouches, but they made a fine cup of joe. I visited the newly opened outlet at the north end of Abbot Kinney. Expect tiny, with no place to sit, and of course, no WiFi.
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U-Space — Ukeleles and Coffee! Yet another reason to never go to Starbucks

15 Jan

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Ukeleles and good coffee? You may never have put the two together, but this below-the-radar spot in Little Tokyo will make you realize the genius of the combination.

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Starbucks Reserve Coffees and the Clover Brewing Machine

29 Dec

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Starbucks is quietly upping its coffee game, introducing a Reserve line of single-origin coffees and changing how it’s made and served. Starbucks has for years tried out concept restaurants to see how far they could push the high end of the brand. In the late 1990s in San Francisco’s Mission District, Starbucks secretly launched a plush cafe called Circadia, to see what all that hipster fuss was all about. It didn’t really go anywhere. Recently, they paid an obscene amount of money for a middling pastry brand and rolled out a full service restaurant with alcohol under the La Boulange name. And now they have rolled out a Reserve cafe, trying to throw money at the Blue Bottle/Stumptown problem.

In addition to criticism that it is America’s largest milkshake purveyor, these third wave coffee roasters stand as a rebuke to Starbucks and what America used to think of as premium coffee. Now, total Coffeedouches turn their noses up at the thought of paying $5 for a mediocre latte at Starbucks, and instead are giving that $5 for a hand-dripped/siphon brewed/etc. cup at small (and not so small) third wave roasters that emphasize lighter roasts and the actual flavor of coffee.

Into this problem Starbucks has quietly expanded its Reserve line of coffees and started rolling out its Clover brewer. Just a few months ago, there were only a handful of Starbucks in the LA area that had this machine, but now they are all over. Not quite everywhere, but enough that it’s not hard to find if you look.

The Clover brewer made some waves a few years back for 1) costing north of $10,000, 2) offering Internet-connected precision and repeatability, and then 3) being bought out by Starbucks. The story went that Howard Schultz was so impressed when he tried coffee made on the Clover that he pulled a Victor Kiam and bought the company.

So could Skynet playing for Team Green save Starbucks?

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Stumptown Coffee in DTLA – Third Wave Coffee Slouching Towards Bethlehem

29 May

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In light of the recent news that Blue Bottle is going to open up at least four sites in LA, let’s celebrate the third wave coffee titan that has already started to take over LA, Portland’s Stumptown Coffee. The Arts District roastery and shop is situated near Bestia and Bread Lounge, forming an emerging power center in LA’s culinary landscape.

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