By Darby Radcliff

Published on September 17, 2015

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G&B

317 S. Broadway

Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, the G and B, respectively, were one of the first new vendors to open this coffee shop at the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown LA. G&B is a quick stop for unique brews such as the macadamia-almond milk latte and coffee drinks that are made with Ritual, Forty Ninth Parallel or Heart beans, and hop-infused carbonated iced tea.

WHAT TO ORDER:

The iced latte – dubbed “the best in America” by The New York Times, with housemade almond milk and espresso. It’s hand-shaken and served in mason jars over special cocktail-bar-style ice.

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Copa Vida

70 S. Raymond Ave.

Located in Pasadena, Copa Vida is a spacious coffeehouse and cafe that serves the top roasters around the country, including Ritual Coffee, Verve and 49th Parallel. Pair these delicious drinks with the in-house bakeshop that offers coffee-friendly pastries and tasty lunch options such as croque madames and smoked turkey melts.

WHAT TO ORDER:

The coffee shop offers the fast and convenient option of customers being able to bring their own cup and use the honor bar for hot and iced coffees and tea.

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Go Get ‘Em Tiger

230 N. Larchmont Blvd.

Located in Larchmont Village, this coffeehouse owned by Charles Babinski and Kyle Glanville showcases a minimalist design aesthetic and offers coffee from Bags of Ritual, Heart and Forty Ninth Parallel and tasty snacks such as avocado and radish toast, waffles, pastries and donuts throughout the day.

WHAT TO ORDER:

The Full Nelson – a flight of coffee drinks named after one of the shop’s regulars that includes an espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, and that phenomenal G&B shake.

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Menotti’s Coffee Stop

56 Windward Ave.

Try this hip coffee shop located in Venice and owned by Christopher “Nicely” Abel Alameda, who is a two-time winner of the Latte Art World Championship. Menotti’s Coffee Stop serves Four Barrel Coffee and showcases a funky décor design and sets the mood with modern tunes played from a record player.

WHAT TO ORDER:

You can’t go wrong with a latte or cappuccino here, but try the special “noggaccino” drink during the holidays.

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Coffee Commissary

801 N. Fairfax Ave.
3121 W. Olive Ave., Burbank;


6087 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
;

3425 Motor Ave., Culver City

Coffee Commissary is located in Burbank right across from NBC Studios and offers West Coast roasters and a full breakfast and lunch menu including delicious mini-quiches, breakfast burritos, sandwiches and in-house pastries such as savory morning buns and turnovers.

WHAT TO ORDER:

Gibraltar – which is shorter than a latte but taller than a macchiato

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Dinosaur Coffee

4334 W. Sunset Blvd.

This sleek new Silver Lake coffee shop opened in the building known for the Elliott Smith mural and boasts a unique design including origami dinosaurs and a wood sculpture resembling a skeleton that hangs from the ceiling.  Grab a delicious cup of Four Barrel coffee and pair with a mouth-watering dessert from Viva Los Cupcakes, Farm Shop and Sarah Bearclaw.

WHAT TO ORDER:

cortados – they are delicious

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Blacktop Coffee

826 E. Third St.

This sleek Arts District coffee bar located in the Downtown area serves San Francisco Sightglass Coffee and Straus milk, all made with top-of-the-line equipment to make sure the brews stay true. Pair your delicious drink with toast layered with poached eggs, avocado, smoked trout, pistachio butter, or even blueberry-hibiscus jam.

WHAT TO ORDER:

A perfect cappuccino.

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Verve Coffee Roasters

833 S. Spring St.

This Santa Cruz-based Verve is a gorgeous coffee bar located in Downtown Los Angeles serves house-roasted coffee drinks and grab-and-go sandwiches and pastries from Short Cake and Cafe Gratitude. Verve shares its space with Juice Served Here, which offers fresh cold-pressed juices and smoothies.

WHAT TO ORDER:

Whether you order a pour-over, espresso or cold brew, expect a delicious cup with any coffee drink.

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LAMILL

1636 Silver Lake Blvd.

This Silver Lake chic “coffee boutique” with its bright red storefront coffee shop is hard to miss. LAMILL serves Clover- and Chemex-brewed namesake coffee and a full menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, and baked goods such as the popular warm brioche donuts.

WHAT TO ORDER:

the signature orange-infused latte – to mix up your coffee routine

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Blue Bottle

1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice


582 Mateo St., Downtown Los Angeles

This well-known coffee brand that started in Oakland serves tasty BB’s coffee and espresso drinks made with a rotating selection of blends and single-origin beans, as well as milk-carton cold-brew coffees you see everywhere. 


WHAT TO ORDER:

The New Orleans-inspired iced coffee – brewed for 12 hours with chicory and cane sugar.