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Craving for great coffee after NYC trip: Where can I go?

  • keepon Apr 26, 2010 07:51 AM
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While LA beats NY in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mexican etc, NY coffee (and beer) scene is just way ahead of LA. Checked out a couple of coffee places in NY, and the following 2 really stands out:

Cafe Grumpy @ Chelsea: Great single origin coffee, Clover really pulled out the floral note in their Sumatra coffee beans.

Bluebird Coffee @ Lower East Side. Counter Culture beans, best cup of latte ever, friendly barista/owner managed to achieve perfect harmony between milk and coffee.

So, I'm back in LA, and I'm really craving coffee at that level now. Where can I go ?

These are my regular coffee spots : Intelligensia (SIlverlake & Venice), Expresso Cielo (Santa Monica), Cafe Luxxe (Brentwood), Profeta (Westwood). Anywhere else?

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  1. LA Mill? Just got back from NY myself, wish I had the chance to try some of those places!

    1. conservatory for coffee and tea. culver city

      1. Here are a couple of previous threads on this subject that ought to be helpful in surveying the "coffee territory" of Los Angeles:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6509...

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5978...

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        1. re: Servorg

          wasn't there some joint that opened up in venice, or sm near main street and marine, anyone know what i'm talkin about that might be promising in that vein???

          1. re: kevin

            Yes - haven't been but the reviews were positive:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/685703

        2. I find the espresso drinks at Intelligentsia to be pretty similar to what you get at Bluebird (I've never been to Grumpy). Are you finding it lacking?

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          1. re: sku

            I've haven't been to either, but I've been to Manhattan's Gimme! Coffee on Mott St. The cappuccino was excellent, but I didn't feel blown away when compared to the usual LA spots. While I'm sure there are numerous great cafes in NY, I don't believe that it is way ahead in the coffee scene in terms of pushing the envelope...the Bay Area, maybe.