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Any places with unexpectedly good coffee?

I have to say that coffee is the one thing that can brighten up my morning. I recently tried the coffee at Eat Well in Glendale. Very good. It went great with the free coffee cake they seve you for free. I was not really expecting much from their coffee, so I was very happy. Another place with good coffee is The Pantry in downtown. Do you have any favorites?

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  1. El Cochinito on Sunset in Silverlake. Best espresso and cafe con leche in the city.

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    El Cochinito
    3508 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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    1. re: estone888

      El Cochinito has the best espresso in the city?
      I don't think it has the best espresso in a five block radius.

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      El Cochinito
      3508 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

    2. Peach Cafe in Monrovia brews a very good, solid cup of coffee. Nothing fancy, but just good strong coffee.

      Also, El Jacal, in Baldwin Park on Ramona Blvd., makes an interesting cup spiced with cinnamon. No, they didn't invent this technique, but it almost tastes like they perfected it. Also, very good huevos rancheros and homemade tortillas.

      And believe it or not, I think that Einstein's Bagels brews a very good cup of joe when you can't find anything around that you trust.

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      El Jacal
      13414 Ramona Blvd Ste A, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I second the Peach. They get their coffee as a specialty blend from a local roaster. Unfortunately, I can't remember which roaster, though the owner, Nita, will tell you if you ask. She also sells bags of whole beans at the counter.

        1. re: Jordan

          I believe it's from Monrovia Coffee Co.

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          Coffee Co
          8751 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        2. re: ipsedixit

          Peach Cafe was going to be my suggestion as well! I also quite like their passion iced tea.

        3. I have to agree - the eatwell coffee is surprisingly good! (And I adore the coffeecake as well.)

          A good cheap thrill is coffee at Philippes downtown. What is it now - a dime? And you can get refills! So cheap and nice I'll order it with my sandwich, just to have it afterwards.

          Ikea in Burbank used to have great cheap coffee but the last time I went there (and admittedly, it was a huge promotion day so it could have been swamped) it was way too weak.

          Homegirl cafe has lovely coffee with cinnamon.

          1. Urth Caffe.

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            Urth Caffe
            267 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

            1. The coffee at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion during intermission for the L.A. Opera. Great stuff.

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              1. re: J.L.

                I always thought that was just Starbucks? Not saying it's not good, just saying that it's Starbucks.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Nope. Dorothy Chandler brews their own. I think it has crack in it. No corporate (Starbucks) logos on the dispensers either.

                  Perfect for after-dinner, or if you just wanna stay awake during Wagner's Ring Cycle.