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Aug 6, 2010 10:35 AM

HELP! Where can I find "cafe con leche" or South American-style coffee TO GO?

No offense to anyone on this board, but I can't stand "SEATTLE COFFEE", which seems to be THE coffee all over town. I've never been a Starbuck's fan, and I found out today that even BURGER KING, whose coffee I've enjoyed for a while now, decided TODAY to replace all their regular cofee with -- you guessed it -- "Seattle's Best Coffee". Just horrible.

So sorry to go on and on, but I'm having a hard time finding "cafe con leche", which is the kind of South American or Spanish-style coffee made with a moka machine (NOT an espresso machine). When I was in NYC, many Cuban-style or Puerto Rican-run eateries or delis would serve this type of coffee, which I loved. A really full and rich flavor without that bitterness that I can't stomach.

But if I were to walk into any random PANADERIA in town and asked them for "cafe con leche", will they give me a strange look? Who serves this stuff?

So far, the only places that I've found it around town is the Brazilian restaurant WOOD SPOON downtown. (Oh, and CAFE TROPICAL in Silverlake... but I didn't like that place so wouldn't return there.)

But are there any bodega-type, Mexian deli-type, or ethnic bakery in HOLLYWOOD, for instance, where I can grab a cup before work or during a break?

THANKS A MILLION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Grand Casino - An Argentine bakery in Culver city on the countries shortest main street. They do use espresso machines as they do often in Spain or Argentina, but that's where I go my Cortado doble

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    1. re: AAQjr

      Thanks, AAQjr!!

      Just curious: when you say "espresso machines", you don't mean that they make Italian-style espresso or cappucino, right?

      1. re: Liquid Sky

        well, a cortado is more or less the Spanish version of a macchiato.. but they have drinks you'd find in S.A. and of course there is a very strong Italian influence in Argentina.

        Grand Casino Bakery
        3826 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

        1. re: AAQjr

          Thanks, again! I hope to make it over to Argentina one day.

    2. On a side note, does anyone know if PORTO's Bakery makes Cuban-style coffee or "cafe con leche"?


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      1. re: Liquid Sky

        I've had Cuban coffee at Porto's. 'bout took the enamel off my teeth . . . which is what I was looking for. I've seen a long menu of coffee beverages there as well. Wouldn't surprise me at all to see "con leche" there.

        1. re: Steve2 in LA

          Steve: Is it on the Porto's menu as "Cuban coffee" or something else? It sounds good! God, how I love Porto's!

      2. I can recommend a "Cafecito" at Cafecito Organico which is Silver Lake adjacent,

        It is Espresso, Steamed Milk and Raw Organic Sugar Cane Juice.

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        1. You had me thinking about it, so I went by and had my lunch and cortado there. They do have Cafe con Leche on the menu.

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          1. re: AAQjr

            AAQjr: Too bad there's not a Grand Casino near me downtown!