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  1. - CAFFE LUXXE, santa monica, one of the few synesso machines in LA
    - PAZZO GELATO, silverlake, if renée makes it, uses black cat intelligensia and intelligensia trained, pasquini machine
    - SABOR Y CULTURA, only made by donny, came in 14th in his 1st regional barista championship, self-trained and barefoot (santa clara) trained
    - FRITELLI'S DONUTS, BH, exclusive blend, coffee's killer too
    - COFFEE KLATCH, san dimas & rancho cucamonga, uses their own blend, especially good if their using their competition blend, owner's daughter is first woman to win World Championship in Torino, Italy
    - PEETS, i think they still do an excellent espresso, i pay extra and ask for them to grind the arabian mocha sunani, makes all the difference

    and not publicly accessible everyday, LA MILL COFFEE, has 10-15 of the most beautiful espresso machines at their corporate HQ & roasting facility. if you're nice, they might make a capp for you on one of their occasional public tours. that's the best capp i've had in L.A. they may open a branding store soon in the LA-area hopefully with marzocco machines.

    our benchmarks are SANT' EUSTACHIO, TAZZA D'ORO, BOTTLEROCK.

    have i forgotten one?

    1. Yes! I second the CAFE LUXXE nomination.

      1. Caffe Luxxe has some quality drinks being turned out, as does Sabor Y Cultura IF Donny is working (less and less it seems), and the Klatch is definitely doing a lot of R&D on green sourcing, roasting and of course turning out good baristas...that being said, I don't believe Heather is a world champion. I don't think there has ever been an American who has been a World Barista Championship champion....maybe I'm wrong..she WAS the 2003 US champion.

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        1. re: peanut112

          you're not wrong! i researched this and the LAT made the correction in "for the record" on 10/25/06. http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/cl...

          good catch, peanut!

        2. I tried the cap at Fratelli's today - I'd rate it a "not so much". Perhaps I've been conditioned but I'd choose a dry Starbucks cap over that.

          1. i would add two places. first, the groundwork branch on main st., near 2nd, in downtown l.a. (next to pitfire pizza) is very good. the place has been open only about a month. groundwork hired eton, former owner of cafe organica in s.f. (one of the top places in s.f. during its short life) to help transform its espresso business. he spent a lot of time getting the new location ready and training the baristas. it shows. definitely one of the top places in town. i woudn't recommend any of the other brances for espresso drinks at this time (though i say this without have been to any in a while and knowing that eton is working to imrpove the quality at those locations).

            a second place i'd add to the list is euro caffee on little santa monica, in beverly hills (across from the sharper image). i always get a straight espresso there, so i can't speak with experience about their milk-based drinks, but i would be very surprised if they're anything but stellar.

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            1. re: arkestra

              Eton is working for LA Mill whose coffee house and cafe will be opening in November in Silver Lake....

            2. Hands down, Luxe

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              1. re: yogachik

                gotta agree with luxxe on this one. i've only had the coffee at the 2nd street groundworks (read about the esmeralda - it was awesome) but i have had sabor, peets, pazzo gelato, and fritelli's. obviously my own opinion, but i have found the cappuccino at cafe luxxe to be one of the best i've ever had.

              2. Today I tried PAZZO GELATO in Silver Lake and I have to say that I am glad that I did. Usually I stake out a Peets anywhere I can find one, even if it means going way out of my way in the morning for a good cap or latte. However, I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to stumble onto this website yesterday. I was so excited to try this local coffee/gelato shop in my neck of the woods, and I can honestly say that it was worth it. I cannot tell you how many times I crave good crema and perfect foam for my cappucinos and am invariably disappointed with the results. I have tried nearly every coffee shop in Silver Lake with deep dissatisfaction. PAZZO GELATO made the most beautiful and enjoyable cappucino I have had in a long while (the gelato's amazing too). It felt like I was transported to Italy. No joke.
                Thank you so much for the recommendation. Now I know where to go.

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                1. re: anniemoony

                  You didn't care for Intelligentsia?

                  1. re: ristretto

                    Intelligentsia is amazing!

                2. wait; wait; wait; NO ONE mentions Euro Caffe in Beverly Hills on Little Santa Monica. Could be THE best in town. Better than Luxe, and I like both of them. Great machine is the key.

                  1. So based on all the chowhound recommendations for Caffe Luxxe, I went there today. I love discovering new places to get great coffee. "Synesso Machine" or not, this wasn't one of them. The coffee was fine, not great. Frankly though, more problematic was the 'atmosphere' which made my skin crawl. This place is perfect for Montana Ave. For much better coffee and atmosphere I would recommend Susina and Le Pain Quotidien.

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                    1. re: Dyspepsia

                      If you mean not very welcoming to an "outsider", I would agree.