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Oct 15, 2008 07:54 PM

Where do you go to buy roasted coffee beans?

I prefer roasters that have a "roasted on" date.

I'm too far from Klatch, Intelli, and lamill to just go pick it up. I live in WLA, and need great espresso beans. If Caffe Luxxe's Vivace beans are anything like how they serve it, I don't want them. I was wondering if some of the small, gourmet shops carry beans? Maybe the Wine House or Wally's, which are close enough to me, or Surfas is close enough to go once a week or two weeks.

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  1. Surfas has Monkey and Son which Jonathan Gold recommended.
    What about Groundworks? I enjoy their espressos when I go to the Hollywood one.

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      Surfas also has the Cafe Umbria stuff - which is quite good - though not every variety.


      1. re: Chowpatty

        I second GROUNDWORK. They also have places in Venice and Santa Monica. I get their Bitches Brew blend.

      2. I grew up in West LA. Whenever I go back and visit friends, it is WORTH IT for me to drive to Silverlake and go to Intelligensia. Period.

        HOWEVER, in Berkeley (where I live now), I order my beans from Espresso Viviace Roasteria --

        The coffee is packaged in half-pound zip-lock plastic bags with one-way gas valves, and DO carry "roasted on" dates. I order two pounds at a time, and they arrive on the second day after being roasted (e.g.: I order on a Monday morning, they are roasted Monday and arrive via US Priority Mail on Wednesday). For a two pound four ounce parcel, the USPS website says Priority Mail costs $8.75, and that's what Vivace charges me (that is, they don't charge extra to make additional profits under the guise "Shipping & Handling").


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        1. re: zin1953

          I guess a lot of people like Vivace, but I'm not one of them. Too bad, since there's a source in Santa Monica.

        2. speaking of good beans in wla area, does anyone know when the intelly on abbot kinney is going to be open?

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          1. re: alkylyou

            Oh, you're right. I guess I won't have to wait too long, then. It is supposed to open middle or end of November.

              1. re: zin1953

                as of today, abbot kinney opening is scheduled for mid-january

                1. re: arkestra

                  sad, sad, sad. I have Italian friends visiting in November, so I was really hoping for it to be open then.

          2. Graffeo on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills might suffice until Intelligentsia opens on AK.
            Just north of Il Fornaio at the corner of Dayton Way.

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              1. re: carter

                I second Graffeo. Love their coffee.

                1. re: carter

                  I would brave through rain and traffic just to get to Graffeo.

                  Word has it they want to start offering espresso shots on the spot.

                2. I always enjoyed the beans from The Conservatory in Culver City. The roasters are right there at the front of the store, they roast daily and pack to order. They're at 10117 Washington Blvd., web site at