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Topic: Roasters Cafe's in Los Angeles? (10 msgs / 245 lines)
1) From: Peter Genuardi
Hi Folks -
I'm headed to LA for a wedding next weekend.  Can anyone recommend
must-visit cafe's that really take pride in the coffee the serve and/or even
roast?  I have no idea where in LA we'll be, but will beg my wife to let me
drive anywhere for a good cafe.  I think we're also planning to get up to
Santa Barbara as well, so, I'm all ears.
Thanks in advance for your help.
 - Peter in Boulder, CO
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
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I'd make time to visit Coffee Klatch and Intelligentsia at the minimum.
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
In fact I'd be absent from the wedding if it meant some one on one
face/espresso machine time with Heather! 
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4) From: Dean De Crisce
Not a fancy place at all...but groundworks in santa monica and venice pulls some great shots with  an excellent blend.
I believe there is also a place called rocky roasters and there is a website recommended by miKe that I have used
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Dean De Crisce
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5) From: Dean De Crisce
Not a fancy place at all...but groundworks in santa monica and venice pulls some great shots with  an excellent blend.
I believe there is also a place called rocky roasters and there is a website recommended by miKe that I have used
espressomap.com
Dean De Crisce
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6) From: Peter Genuardi
Thanks for the great tips.  I will check both of those out and report
back...assuming I can get the car to go there.
Do you know which Klatch location Heather works at?  I couldn't find it on
the site, but I think it's the san dimas one.
RE: Intelligentsia, I saw these two videos on their roasting operation and
some shot pulling guidance with a home espresso machine last week.
Part one:http://tv.boingboing.net/2008/06/20/a-morning-at-intelli.html - Peter">http://tv.boingboing.net/2008/06/15/a-morning-at-intelli.htmlPart two:http://tv.boingboing.net/2008/06/20/a-morning-at-intelli.html - Peter
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7) From: Bryan Wray
These were great videos, I really really enjoyed them.  Thanks for posting!  When K-Ville mentions preparing coffee for "4 sensory judges" and they cut to a picture of Jim Schulman and Joel (I think?) that was actually just a CoffeeGeek "Geek-Together" at their roast works in Chicago.  I'm about 10 feet behind Jim in that picture, just out of the frame.  And boy does that "Ultimate Nerd Way to Brew Coffee" look familiar! Haha.
-Bry
"It is my hope that people realize that coffee is more than just a caffeine delivery service, it can be a culinary art"- Chris Owens of Cafe Grumpy in NYC.
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8) From: Frank Parth
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Peter,
Those are great little videos. Thanks for sharing. I live in south Orange County, but occasionally get up to the 
SilverLake District of Los Angeles where they shot these videos. I'll make it a special point to visit Intelligencia 
next time.
Frank Parth
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9) From: Peter Genuardi
Thanks again for the recommendations, I couldn't get to Klastch, but I did
get to Intelligentsia twice (http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/store/coffee/5-pound/blackcat)and the">http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/retail/silverlake).First time I tried the Black Cat espresso (http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/store/coffee/5-pound/blackcat)and the
Matalapa (can't find description on the web site).  It was a rich, full
bodied cup with dark flavors my novice palate can't describe well enough.
Second time back I tried the Panamanian Machete (http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/store/coffee/americas/el-machete-panama).I like the Machete better than the Matalapa, and I swear I tasted more
floral stuff in it than citrus.  But, the body is smooth and round, with
acidity as described.
Would also add that it's in a great location with tons of foot traffic, plus
since they put the counter really close to the door, there's always a line
that goes out to the sidewalk.  Didn't note the espresso machine they used,
but I did see that they have two clovers for brewing the swanker cups.
Knowledgeable staff...I asked the guy pulling shots to describe the flavors
in the Machete and he didn't know so instead of BSing me he referred me to a
guy who could talk through them well.
In all, a very good coffee experience.
I'll post pics and more on my coffee blog as soon as I get it up there.
Headed to Phoenix next weekend...anyone have roaster or cafe recommendations
in the valley?
 - Peter
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10) From: Michael Mccandless
Great espresso @ Coffee Rush.
Corner of Ray & Dobson in Chandler.
McSparky
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