CULVER CITY & WEST LOS ANGELES
— CULVER CITY —
The second location of the much loved Cognoscenti Coffee is at the base of the Clive Wilkinson Architect office in Culver City. It’s a small space outfitted with just two round tables, benches and a few seats in the patio; in other words, pretty much what you’d expect from a coffee shop that started as a pop-up coffee cart. Owner Yeekai Lim does an excellent job of bringing in all sorts of interesting and delicious beans — he was one of the first (if not the first) to introduce Heart Coffee Roasters to L.A.
6114 Washington Boulevard, Culver City | Coffee: Rotating, but often includes Bows & Arrows, Phil & Sebastian and Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters.
Nearby Eats: Lukshon, Father’s Office, A-Frame. Or Tito’s Tacos if you’re a die-hard Angeleno.
BAR NINE COLLECTIVE
Bar Nine is in a more industrial part of Culver City, a big, open space with a roaster and a long bar that features the Modbar, that under-the-counter brewing setup. It’s a young bar yet, with lots of promise.
3515 Helms Avenue | Coffee: Bar Nine
To eat: House program of sandwiches, toasts and soup
Nearby eats: Lukshon, Father’s Office, A-Frame. Or Tito’s Tacos if you’re a die-hard Angeleno.
BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE
Blue Bottle's fifth L.A. location is at the Hayden Tract Platform, the =hip= development near the Expo Line. It's bigger than it initially seems — it opens up as you walk in a little bit, and there's seating upstairs, plus stadium seating, because that continues to be a thing.
To eat: Pastries, granola
Nearby eats: The Platform has a couple food options, like The Cannibal
— WEST L.A. —
BALCONI COFFEE COMPANY
If you were on the hunt for coffee in Los Angeles before, say, 2008 — that is, before the influx of specialty coffee shops opened across the city — likely you’ll have a particular fondness for Ray Sato’s Balconi Coffee Company. Now, as it was then, this is an excellent shop where all coffee is brewed via siphon and you’ll rarely have a poorly pulled shot of espresso.
11301 West Olympic Boulevard | Coffee: Rotating
To eat: Pastries from Superba Food + Bread
Nearby eats: Tsujita (best ramen + tsukemen in L.A.) and its annex across the street, Tsujita Annex (second best tsukemen in L.A.)
Coffee Commissary's newest outpost is on the ground floor of the M Lofts residential development on Motor Avenue in the the Palms neighborhood of West L.A. It has, as all Commissary locations do, a minimalist-industrial aesthetic, with furniture all handmade by owner Tyler King himself.Lots of plugs for laptops; an outdoor patio for dogs. And probably one of the only places in West L.A. where you'll find Berkeley's Supersonic Coffee.
3425 Motor Avenue | Coffee: Rotating; recently: Supersonic Coffee, Coava Coffee Roasters
To eat: Pastries
This brick-lined cafe in Westwood mainly caters to the UCLA crowd, but also draws in denizens of displaced Seattleites who want to pick up Espresso Vivace from their hometown. In a nod to Vivace’s menu, Profeta offers a Caffe Nico on its menu, a 4-oz shot of espresso mixed with a bit of orange syrup, zest and cinnamon.
1129 Glendon Avenue, Westwood Village | Coffee: Espresso Vivace
Nearby eats: 800 Degrees Pizza; In-n-Out Burger
Caffe Luxxe opened in 2006, making it one of L.A.'s first specialty coffee shops. The shop roasts its own beans; fans of Northern Italian-style roasts and Espresso Vivace will be very much at home here.
11975 San Vicente Boulevard | Coffee: Caffe Luxxe