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seeking good COFFEE around USC!

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the coffee shops on campus are all starbucks franchises, and while i love the raggazzi room's feel and decor, their coffee can tend towards the weak. i never bother with the coffee bean on expo -- their stuff is overpriced. are there any good indie coffee places around (i know this board discourages talk about chains) that i'm missing? or good restaurant coffee?

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  1. There is no good coffee in Los Angeles. I'm very sorry. I wish I were kidding.

    The least of the bad is usually in Vietnamese restaurants, where it is served w/ condensed milk.

    I'd be delighted to hear of a counterexample.

    1. I'm not sure if this helps, the cafe in RTH building serves Peet's coffee.

      1. sometimes i stop by the coffee factory on fig (in the same plaza as fatburger and cup o joy). it's cheaper than what you can get on campus!

        3014 S Figueroa St
        Los Angeles, CA 90007

        1. the cafe at tutor hall on campus serves peet's coffee. there's also seattle's best at betty crocker's in the student commons, and a relatively new coffee beans & tea leaf on fig, next to PS1.

          1. More Peet's on campus: the law school cafe and the Doheny Tea House.

            1. wow, i was sure it was all starbucks! i'm in the doheny tea house frequently but i never noticed.

              1. Unfortunately HPLSauce isn't correct. While LA isn't a coffee mecca, it certainly has its share of indie coffeehouses that steer away from the overextracted, overbrewed and poorly baristad corporate chains.
                For examples, go to www.delocator.net and put in your zip code.