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Walking up the sloped cement walkway to the new Intelligentsia Coffee Store on Abbot Kinney in Venice this morning at 6:30 a.m. which once housed Scentiments Florists, I couldn't help but wonder what impact, if any, the opening of the visually technical L.A. Mill had on this new location. With multi leveled glass and metal shelving, copper tubing running everywhere and state of the art brewing equipment this is a bit of a step up from Intelligentsia's own Silverlake location. It's all fun and sassy with an attentive barista staff that lead you through the experience... sort of. The Honduras blend, one of four for the day, was not quite the jolt I asked for and rather light or lightly brewed while the latte was both smooth and tasting of sweet milk more than any distinctive coffee flavor. At $3.75 and $4.00 respectively for 12oz. pours, I'm not likely to be swayed from my Peet's routine which run $1.80 and $2.90 for the same quantities and a lot more character (and closer to home to be fair). The pastry is the best I've had for a coffee store with a delicious pecan muffin for $3 from Cake Monkey in Burbank. Had I waited another thirty minutes I would have been able to sample the new pastry custom made by Comme Ca for this occasion. I'll probably go back this weekend and lounge with a friend on our way to Costco to get a three pound can of Kirkland coffee for $8.99 for the office. Hey, we splurge where we can.

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1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd | Venice, CA

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