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Caffeine Trail: LA’s Best Beans

January 31, 2017
Top Picks… Coffee Shops

Competition is stiff in LA when it comes to the body beautiful, but even more so when it comes to a fashionable java jolt, with the best cafes serving up their single origin cuppas with a side order of style. LUXE skims over the cream of the crop...

Melrose’s own Alfred Coffee & Kitchen boasts a chic mix of lab-chic white tiles, floral wallpaper and horny letter A logo. They pour Portland’s cred Stumptown coffee, teamed with healthy eats and foodie treats, and their typographic tag line is “But first, coffee…”. Insta-heaven.

Featuring minimal white-and-green tiles, wood and plants, Sydney-born Paramount Coffee Project on funky Fairfax not only does a mean cuppa but an ace Aussie brunch to pair. Quality local and international roasters (from Ethiopia to Kenya) are served alongside delicious avo on toast, buckwheat noodles and superfood bowls.

Behind a black-and-glass facade, Culver City's modernist Cognoscenti Coffee Bar ticks your Rooibos Latte box, plus on-trend drip, pour-over and cold-brew coffees. Hot and iced teas take their cue from China (think Liquid Jade!), while yummy pastries include triple berry pie.

Industri-cool roaster-cum-cafe Bar Nine in Culver City’s Hayden Tract sports a raw timber bar, all the better for serving up niche global coffees including Tawo Mok and Nitsu Ruz sourced from Ethiopia. Nine also stocks fun take-home coffee-making kits.

The Santa Monica coastal cafe of LA’s ambitious coffeehouse Demitasse Roastery makes all drinks to order, including flash-iced coffee via a Steampunk brewer. Enjoy it with Rejuice juices, Sugarbloom pastries or gluten-free goodies from Erin McKenna’s bakery. It seems La La Land’s decaf days are done…

Alfred Coffee & Kitchen / 8428 Melrose Pl / +1 323 944 0811 / 7am-8pm daily /

Paramount Coffee Project / 456 N Fairfax Ave / +1 323 746 5480 / 7am-5pm Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm Sun /

Cognoscenti Coffee Bar / 6114 Washington Blvd / +1 310 363 7325 / 8am-5pm Mon-Sat, 9am-3pm Sun / + branch /

Bar Nine / 3515 Helms Ave / +1 310 837 7815 / 7am-6pm Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm Sat-Sun /

Demitasse Roastery / 1149 3rd St / +1 310 260 6308 / 7am-8pm Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm Sun /