October 20, 2014: Updates for both sides of town today. Blue Bottle recently opened a cozy shop on Abbot Kinney, and, some twenty miles and a ton of traffic away, you'll find Andante Coffee Roaster's second location in Echo Park. Its first, if you recall, is located in Mid-City, near The Grove.
Added September 16: From Paul Hibler (Superba Snack Bar, Pitfire Pizza), we have Superba Food + Bread, a sprawling breakfast, lunch and dinner spot on a busy drag of Lincoln Boulevard in Venice. Tyler Wells (Handsome Coffee Roasters (now Blue Bottle), Blacktop) heads the coffee side, which can mean only good things.
See a list of all coffee shops in the guide here.
August 21, 2014: Added Compañía de Café, a coffee shop in the San Fernando that's a burst of color the moment you walk in. Surely one of the best specialty coffee shops in the greater Los Angeles area.
For the person who loves an index: all 53 great places for coffee in L.A. -- and counting -- in Coffee L.A.'s guide are listed here. Click on the main neighborhood heading to read more about a specific shop.
BEACH CITIES Santa Monica Espresso Cielo Cafe Demitasse Caffe Luxxe
Venice Menotti's Blue Bottle Coffee Gjusta Superba Food + Bread Intelligentsia Coffee
Manhattan Beach Two Guns Espresso (flat whites!)
CULVER CITY + WEST L.A. Culver City Cognoscenti Coffee Bar Nine Collective
West L.A. Balconi Coffee Company (siphon bar!) Espresso Profeta Caffe Luxxe
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY + SANTA CLARITA VALLEY San Fernando Valley Coffee Commissary Compañía de Café
Santa Clarita Valley House Roots Coffee
WEST HOLLYWOOD + HOLLYWOOD West Hollywood Coffee Commissary
Hollywood Commissary at Siren Studios
MID-CITY go get em tiger (waffles!) Andante Coffee Roasters Single Origin
KOREATOWN Brew/Well Document Coffee Bar caFe at POT (at The Line Hotel) (coffee + congee!)
DOWNTOWN Historic Core G&B Coffee Tierra Mia
Little Tokyo Cafe Dulce Cafe Demitasse
Arts/Industrial District Blacktop Stumptown Coffee Roasters Dulce Dos Blue Bottle Coffee
Chinatown Chimney Brick Toast Cognoscenti Coffee at Scoops
Atwater Village, Silver Lake, Echo Park + Los Feliz Atwater Village Cognoscenti Coffee at Proof Bakery
Silver Lake Dinosaur Coffee Intelligentsia Coffee LAMILL
Echo Park Andante Coffee Roasters Woodcat Coffee Bar Tierra Mia FIX Coffee
Los Feliz H Coffee Sqirl
NORTHEAST L.A. Highland Park Cafe de Leche (horchata latte!) Good Girl Dinette
Pasadena Copa Vida Intelligentsia Coffee Jones Coffee Roasters
San Gabriel Valley Taza De Cafe Baristas Fresh Roast (Vietnamese coffee!)