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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.



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


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.










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.






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







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.


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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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.





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

Front Cafe ~ Coffee Shop and Roaster, San Francisco

One of the ‘new to me’ coffee bars that I had the opportunity to visit last December, Front Cafe in Potrero Hill. Very good experience at this coffee bar, I loved their coffee, the very good use of space, and all the details in the design of this shop housed in a former industrial loading dock.


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I tried their pour over, a cappuccino, and I took a very good cold brew to go.

Front Cafe, Coffee Shop and Roaster

150 Mississippi St, San Francisco, CA 94107


Christmas 2013 Road Trip ~ San Francisco, California

A few images from my Christmas 2013 mini road trip to the Bay Area. I love San Francisco, I enjoy being there visiting their awesome coffee bars and pastry shops, the amazing Ferry Building Marketplace, their full of history Chinatown, and just enjoying the busy, but kind of relaxed vibe of the city by the bay with its mix of the very old architecture and the very new. Before this trip, my last San Francisco trip was in September 2012, and just for one day, you can see a few images of that day here. This time I was able to stay three days, and still there was plenty more I wanted to see and do, but not enough time. Hope to be back soon.


Two of my favorite pastries this time, a perfect Kouign Amann at B. Patisserie and a fabulous Gingersnap, Quince Brown Butter and Pomegranate Cube Cake at Craftsman and Wolves. sfo duo11615276243_35c4ffb2ec_b


Hollow Cafe, awesome coffee bar, small, cute, comfortable, great people and nice coffee, a shop with its own character.11608302063_6e58de5c9f_b11615255374_6a6b2c014a_b


Mission Bubbles & Coffee serves Verve Coffee in a very cute and fun setting, plenty of seating by the pretty washers and dryers. A very good coffee and a nice chat with Barista Hector. Good times.11998843274_f884eec2ab_b

Soon another post with more photos, more coffee, and more about Christmas in San Francisco.