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Intelligentsia in Silver Lake is great. Even though Intelligentsia not a small company, there’s something about that one that has a great local flair. It’s in a great historic Spanish building. There’s always a line, but I think you get a sense of the people who live there as well as terrific coffee. Right next door is Cafe Stella, one of the best brunches in L.A. — very charming.
If you are looking for the best coffee shops in Los Angeles, Intelligentsia is always very consistent, as well as Proof Bakery. Cognoscenti Coffee in Culver City is great. And I’d probably add Sqirl Kitchen to the list.
The last few years have brought a thriving coffee culture to Los Angeles—and that's not even counting the exponential number of Starbucks opening up on every other city corner. Even the some of the smallest cafes around the city feature artisanal roasted beans or those from Chicago import Intelligentsia Coffee locations.
If you're looking for a quick cup of crafted coffee try Intelligentsia Coffee at locations all over the city. LAMill offers coffees brewed with their home-roasted beans through artisan methods Clover, Chemex, Siphon, Eva Solo and french press. In addition, their stylishly cozy Silver Lake shop features a gourmet menu overseen by chef Michael Cimarusti (of four-star Providence restaurant). Cafe Demitasse has locations in downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. They brew their own beans and their barista are passionate about coffee, offering specialty drinks in a variety of brew methods.
My favorite place to grab a latte and a delicious pastry is at C+M Coffee while I'm browsing the galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In addition to expertly brewed coffees they make their own milk sorbet which you can enjoy either smashed between two freshly baked cookies, or have them handshake it into decadent milkshakes—you can also add spirits for an adult-only option.