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alliebear Dec 15, 2012 11:59 AM

Hey espresso lovers. I'm trying to find espresso for a Christmas gift. I know the recipient likes the Intelligentsia Black Cat espresso beans, but I'm wondering where I can find something as good or better. I want to introduce her to something different and possibly better, but I have no idea where to start.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    mugen Dec 15, 2012 04:56 PM

    Since you're in LA, you could try having some beans posted overnight from some of the San Francisco roasters:

    http://coffeeratings.com/

    From memory, my favourite was Four Barrel, but Blue Bottle and Ritual are highly recommended.

    1. A5 KOBE Dec 15, 2012 05:34 PM

      I absolutely love Caffe Vergnano. I am not sure where you can get it here in LA since I bought it in NY. But they do have it on amazon.

      http://www.amazon.com/Caffe-Vergnano-...

      1. keepon Dec 17, 2012 08:39 AM

        There are so many great coffee bean choices in LA now, why limited yourself to Intelligentsia?

        For something local, try Handsome Coffee Roasters.
        The guys were ex-Intelligentsia folks who roasted up amazing coffee.
        http://www.handsomecoffee.com/

        For something special, head over to the newly opened Cognoscenti Coffee shop in Culver City. They carried amazing, hard to find beans from Phil & Sebastian (Canada), Wrecking Ball (SF) & Counter Culture, all are my favorite roasters.

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          cls Dec 17, 2012 08:44 AM

          While I am not the biggest fan of Handsome, it's quality coffee and a cool place, so I agree with keepon on both of these recommendations.

          Coffee Bar on Spring downtown also has a good selection of beans for sale, and I think Proof in Atwater still sells beans both from Handsome and Cognoscenti as well as some others.

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            sel Dec 17, 2012 10:34 AM

            Handsome Coffee is currently my favorite local roaster. Their 'Dandy' is an excellent choice for espresso and espresso based beverages.
            The Cognoscenti pop-up at Proof Bakery, a phenomenal bakery, is still up and running and they sell a rotating selection of beans from several excellent roasters. They do not roast themselves but are masters of preparation! Their new shop is up and running, across from EK Valley Restaurant.

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