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Blue Bottle Worthy Coffee? Best In LA?

vinoveritas Sep 20, 2007 02:39 PM

I'm desperately searching for a coffee that is as good as my San Francisco Blue Bottle - Does anyone know of a place that's similar? I am searching for the best Coffe LA has to offer, and I'm willing to drive to it...I'm talking far...if it's good..

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  1. DanaB RE: vinoveritas Sep 20, 2007 02:44 PM

    Here's a link to a LONG thread from earlier this month on the best coffee in LA:


    Also, do a search of Intelligentcia, a new shop which opened up earlier this month that many consider to be the best in town. There have been several threads on it recently.

    1. wutzizname RE: vinoveritas Sep 20, 2007 02:46 PM

      Don't know what Blue Bottle is but the new Chicago-based Intelligentsia in Silver Lake definitely raises the stakes on the LA coffee scene. Go check it out.

      Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
      3922 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

      1. a_and_w RE: vinoveritas Sep 20, 2007 03:43 PM

        Just FYI, you can order Blue Bottle directly on-line. I'm a Peet's man, myself, but I'll occasionally do the on-line thing when the fancy strikes.

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          cookgirl RE: a_and_w Sep 21, 2007 02:27 AM

          I haven't found a Blue Bottle equivalent here yet, but I sure have been enjoying the pound of Hayes Valley Espresso that I splurged on recently.
          Wish Blue Bottle had been in SF in my day.

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            wutzizname RE: cookgirl Sep 21, 2007 07:21 AM

            Me too -- I guess. I spent 9 years in SF but moved south in 2000. Can someone give us the low down on this unattainable Blue Bottle? Where in San Francisco are they? And what makes them so special?

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              sel RE: wutzizname Sep 21, 2007 07:34 AM

              My first experience with Blue Bottle Coffee was at the kiosk that they set up outside at the Sat. Ferry Bldg. Farmers Mkt. They drip each cup to order, gotta be patient, it was the best (non-espresso) coffee that I had ever tasted! Later they opened a storefront, or is it a garagefront, on Linden St. Same great drip, wonderful espresso/caps, latte art etc. They know what they are doing! Their beans are available for online order:

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                wutzizname RE: sel Sep 21, 2007 07:53 AM

                Excellent. Thank you. Incidentally, Intelligentsia (mentioned above) also drips each cup to order. I think they have 3 different drip varieties available each day, each with a different price. First time I've seen that.

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                  sel RE: wutzizname Sep 21, 2007 08:06 AM

                  I've only been to Intelligentsia once for their coffee made in a Clover, very good cup of coffee as was a simple shot of espresso before I left. Even though it is a long drive for me, I look forward to returning!

                  The drip at Blue Bottle is the simpler/cheaper type made with a $2 plastic cone that holds a paper filter and their very freshly roasted beans. Now this version is one that I can TRY to replicate at home, I doubt that I'll ever have my own Clover!

                  1. re: sel
                    a_and_w RE: sel Sep 21, 2007 08:26 AM

                    Please do try the plastic Mellita -- this is my preferred way to make coffee because it's easy and you can "bloom" the grounds (i.e., stir them up mid-pour). Use a thermos to keep the coffee warm, but do not be afraid of microwaving your coffee (20-30 seconds) if it gets cold.

                    PS: Where are other places that have the Clover? I've been curious to try this style and had heard that Groundworks has them. But when I went into a Groundworks in Venice, they didn't have the machine.

                    1. re: a_and_w
                      sel RE: a_and_w Sep 21, 2007 08:43 AM

                      The plastic Mellita filter holder is how I've been making coffee since high school. I still make it this way almost daily but I also use a French Press and a Baby Gaggia!

                      Clover was first in L.A. at only the Groundworks just W of Little Tokyo (DOWNTOWN: GALLERY ROW) and now at Intelligencia in Silver Lake.



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          Gusto RE: vinoveritas Sep 21, 2007 02:18 PM

          Depends on what you're looking for. I've had Blue Bottle, but specifically focus on their espresso. If you're looking for espresso, these would be the best spots:

          Intelligentsia on Sunset
          Caffe Luxxe in Santa Monica on Montana
          Coffee Klatch in San Dimas
          Groundwork on 2nd and Main in Downtown

          If you're looking for drip coffee, Intelligentsia on Sunset and the Groundwork on 2nd and Main both have Clovers, which is kind of the new fad. All these places roast their own beans, except for Luxxe, which gets their beans from Vivace in Seattle. Luxxe only does espresso drinks. (Highly recommended, if that's your thing).

          It's tough to match up to Blue Bottle, which in my opinion, is the best coffee in CA.

          Hope that helps.

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