Your Official L.A. Coffee Cheat Sheet
Because you need to experience the country’s best iced latte
Not sure if you’ve noticed, but justlikethat Los Angeles has turned into a major coffee innovator. Artisanal roasters, boutique coffee shops and fancy blends make us feel like our dependable cappuccino has become the beleaguered Merlot of the caffeine community.
But what are the most delicious new coffee drinks around town, and what exactly makes them so special? Check out our handy guide and you’ll never have to fake like you know what a flat white is again.
Intelligentsia’s answer to the Frappuccino: After four shots of espresso shaken with ice, milk and agave nectar, you’ll be flying.
Intelligentsia, 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-399-1233 or intelligentsiacoffee.com
Blanco y Negro
Iced coffee and espresso granita topped with a scoop of housemade Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream. Umm, yes please?
La Mill, 1636 Silver Lake Blvd.; 323-663-4441 or lamillcoffee.com
The trademarked name for coffee served with butter. Have it at the eponymous shop in Santa Monica.
Bulletproof Coffee Shop, 3110 Main St., #116, Santa Monica; 310-399-1764 or bulletproofexec.com
Blue Bottle Coffee’s iced chicory coffee is so popular, the company now pre-packages it in takeout cartons. Just so you know: Chicory is a root that’s roasted and ground, then brewed along with coffee to add a caramelized sweetness.
Blue Bottle Coffee, 582 Mateo St.; 213-621-4194 or bluebottlecoffee.com
It takes time, not heat, to make a less acidic version of your morning joe. Pick up a bottle of smooth Outpost Cold Brew, made from lightly roasted beans brewed for 24 hours, at one of 40 retail spots around town.
Jackson Market, 4065 Jackson Ave., Culver City; 31-425-8426 or theoutpost.co
This is how Aussies and Kiwis drink their espresso--with lots of milk steamed to a smooth, not frothy, texture. Russell Crowe is a fan of the one at his fellow countrymen’s coffee shop Coffee + Food.
Coffee + Food, 5630 Melrose Ave.; 323-962-3390 or coffeeplusfood.wordpress.com
We all remember it's a shot of espresso drowned in milk. But did you know that The New York Times decreed the nation's best iced latte comes from Larchmont Village? House-made fresh almond-macadamia milk is shaken over ice with espresso, then strained into a chilled Mason jar filled with ice from a Kold-Draft ice maker (an expensive machine you find in cocktail bars).
Go Get Em Tiger, 230 N. Larchmont Blvd.; 323-380-5359 or squareup.com/market/go-get-em-tiger
A shot (or two) of espresso with a bit of steamed milk on top to “mark” it. At Alfred Coffee and Kitchen, it’s served in a chocolate-lined ice cream cone.
Alfred Coffee and Kitchen, 8509 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; 424-288-4126 or alfredcoffee.com
Try a cup at Caffé Vita, Silverlake’s new hot import from Seattle. It means your whole cup came from one location, with a terroir smacking of rich chocolately goodness like Mexico’s Sierra Sur de Oaxaca, versus the blend of beans you get with most supermarket coffees.
Caffé Vita, 4459 Sunset Blvd.; 323-663-6340 or caffevita.com