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Handsome Coffee Roasters, Downtown Los Angeles ~ Photo Moments

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Most likely you already know that a few months ago Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee acquired Handsome Coffee Roasters, the transition from Handsome to Blue Bottle began then, and it is now almost complete. We’ll now have Blue Bottle in Downtown Los Angeles, and yes I am looking forward to visit it soon.

I want to share a few images as a good bye to Handsome and as a thank you for their kindness every time I had the opportunity to stop by for coffee. I tried to visit Handsome Coffee often during their first year of business, but honestly I rarely visited during the last year and a half. The images below are from various occasions between 2012 to 2013, in no particular order. Moments that I captured at their pre-preview when they were serving coffee thru the back door before construction was finished, their preview party, their first months, and their one year anniversary party. Thank you for the good coffee times Handsome Coffee Roasters.

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Compañia de Café, San Fernando, California ~ Coffee with Coffee Friends

About a week ago included in my weekend plans was a stop by a new coffee bar in San Fernando, I did not know much about it so I had no idea of what to expect. I was quite surprised to find a beautiful coffee bar, with a fantastic concept, great coffee program in a very humble unpretentious atmosphere. Gorgeous ceramic tile wall behind the bar, beautiful counters, lighting, hand made in Mexico ceramics, warm decor inspired by Mexican family traditions, a beautifully designed coffee bar and pastry shop that feels quite good. It was also great to find that Compañia de Café coffee program is directed by an excellent barista that I’ve know for a few years now, Percy Ramirez. Percy is doing such an amazing job directing coffee, they have the familiar specialty coffee menu plus signature drinks, and their own take on classic Mexico inspired drinks. At this time they are serving fantastic coffees from George Howell Coffee, Heart Roasters, and 49th Parallel. I left the shop knowing that I had to go back and bring some of my coffee friends with me. So coffee with coffee friends happened a few days later. The pastry program at Compañia de Café is by pastry chef Tamara Davis, who was once responsible for the pastry selections at Boule and Bottega Louie. They offer traditional Mexican inspired pastries and great empanadas at this México inspired, Coffee and Pastry Bar.

Special thanks to Percy and to everyone at Compañia de Café for their awesome hospitality. We are coming back.

 

~ Coffee with coffee friends…

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Compañia de Café, 110 N Maclay Ave., San Fernando, CA 91340

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Coffee Colab ~ Downtown Los Angeles

I enjoyed my visit to Coffee Colab in Downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District. A coffee bar that has quite its own character. Friendly and super talented baristas, which guarantees a great cup of coffee. Colab ia a collaboration between three great coffee people which happens to be people that I’ve known for a while, I am very happy for them and I wish them great success. Congratulations once again to one of my favorite coffee bars, Taza. A Social Coffee House, one of my favorite baristas, The Humblecup, and the great coffee roaster, Suits and Knives. You may read more about it at Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine.

Images showing some of the details you’ll find when you visit Coffee Colab.

Enjoy!

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Colab is serving pastries from one of my favorite pastry chefs in L.A., Sharon Wang at Sugarbloom BakeryDSC_0066-2 copy.jpg

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Coffee Colab, 305 E. 8th St. Unit 3, Downtown Los Angeles, California

www.coffeecolab.com

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The Classic ~ Coffee Bar in Downtown Los Angeles

Yesterday after morning coffee in downtown, I noticed that a coffee bar that I’d seen under construction a few weeks before was already open and decided to quickly stop and check it out. Located in the Fashion District, still on soft opening with some barista training going on, but looking great nonetheless. Comfortable space, glass windows all around with nice shade provided the trees and buildings around, serving Intelligentsia coffee and tea. Great seeing some familiar faces working at the coffee bar, looking forward to visit again.

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I couldn’t find website or any other information about this nice coffee bar, I will update once I know more.

The Classic, 862 S. Main Street, Downtown Los Angeles

Blacktop Coffee ~ Arts District Los Angeles

Couldn’t wait to share images from this new coffee bar in the Arts District, Blacktop Coffee. Serving great coffee from Sightglass Coffee, beautiful Heath Ceramics, a beautifully designed shop in a small, but comfortable space, plenty of sidewalk room, and nice people all around. I shared some of my photos with Daily Coffee News, where awesome writer Nick Brown can tell you more about this new coffee bar. Make sure to read his article.

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The amazing Guerrilla Tacos downtown stop is at Blacktop Coffee Thursday thru Sunday.

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Congratulations Tyler Wells! 

Blacktop Coffee, 826 E 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

 

Bar Nine Collective ~ Coffee Bar and Roaster Grand Opening Party

Images and outtakes from my shoot for Sprudge.Com at the Grand Opening Party for Bar Nine. I will let the photos tell you more about this great party. Good times! ~ You may read more about the opening of this beautiful coffee bar at SPRUDGE.COM. Congratulations Bar Nine!

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So glad to see and photograph this adorable puppy, a very special party guest, Brady The Golden Retriever.

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barninecollective.com

3515 Helms Ave

Culver City, CA, 90232

 

Linea Caffe, San Francisco

A little late but I want to share a couple of images from Linea Caffe, another of my favorite coffee stops in San Francisco last December.

Great coffee, very good waffles, and outstanding hospitality. Unfortunately the delicious waffles didn’t wait for the photo. Next time.

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http://www.lineacaffe.com/

 

Cognoscenti Coffee, Pop Up Coffee Cart ~ Good Girl Dinette, Highland Park

Images from a shoot at the rescently launched beautifully designed Modbar equipped Cognoscenti Coffee, Pop Up Coffee Cart. The cart was designed by Architect and Barista Mr.Yeekai Lim, the whole concept looks amazing, it is really something that it has to be seen in person. Cognoscenti Coffee, Pop Up Coffee Cart is now open most mornings at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park, Barista Jack Benchakul is on bar serving expertly crafted espresso and pour over coffee drinks.

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On their opening weekend they were serving coffee from one of my top favorites, Phil and Sebastian Coffee Roasters from Calgary, AB, Canada

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Good Girl Dinette serves a fusion of Vietnamese and American comfort food, the food is great and the pastries are outstanding, perfect compliment to a great cup of coffee.

Cognoscenti Coffee Pop Up Cart at Good Girl Dinette ~ 110 N Avenue 56, Los Angeles, California 90042

http://goodgirldinette.com/

http://www.popupcoffee.com/