After starting his Cognoscenti Coffee as a pop-up coffee cart in Burbank and Eagle Rock, then setting up shop inside Proof Bakery in Atwater Village, Yeekai Lim now has expanded into a room of his very own. Four hundred square feet of room, to be exact: Cognoscenti Coffee's new shop in Culver City ... More >>
In the middle of the lobby of the Hotel Normandie in Koreatown is a piano. And if you are the type of person who considers an unplayed piano as tragic as an unread copy of The Master and Margarita and thus sit down to tickle the ivories, maybe, just maybe, you will be rewarded with a cup of coffee ... More >>
Last time we hosted a Celeb Coffee Showdown, we threw Darth Vader, David Lynch and Rob Zombie into the same metaphorical octagon. What did we learn? Everyone's a product whore, even the Dark Lord.
This time, we went for a less formal but more carefully curated showdown, pitting Bonny "Prince" Bill ... More >>
T. NguyenCoffee CommissaryIt used to be that you just needed one hand to count all the truly outstanding coffee shops in Los Angeles. Now, thanks to a recent surge of brave coffee geeks-turned-entrepreneurs, you need both hands to tick off all the stellar shops in the city, and maybe that is ... More >>
Guzzle & NoshAssorted sandwiches from Proof Bakery.Some sandwiches are mighty and meaty, the jocks of the sandwich world. Others are complex, subtly layered and sloppy -- the rockers. At Proof Bakery, they are dainty and petite, like fey literature-obsessed kids. They suit the restrained but ... More >>
R.E.~/FlickrPourover coffee at Cafe Dulce.Until recently, coffee barely registered a note in the many love songs to the foods and drinks that have made Los Angeles proud. Sure, great shops like Groundwork Coffee and Jones Coffee Roasters certainly existed here and there, but it was only in th ... More >>
"Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love" was French diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand's perfect cup of coffee. And ours too. Fortunately, that black, hot, pure, sweet cup of coffee requires only the right tool, great beans, water, and the willingn ... More >>
T. NguyenA pretty cup from Espresso Cielo in Santa Monica.
Intelligentsia's founder, Doug Zell, told us in 2009 that "LA got a later start in terms of the very best coffee can offer, but they seem to be embracing it with the religious zeal of a convert." The conversion didn't happen overnight ... More >>
Rob Zombie's a freaky guy. Darth Vader's a frightening one. David Lynch is just plain strange. As diverse as these three figures are, they have one venture in common: They have each lent their name to a brand of coffee. Having recently discovered these celebrity roasts, we wondered: How special ar ... More >>
T. NguyenCognoscenti Coffee's cortado, with a palmier from Proof Bakery
Cognoscenti Coffee at Proof Bakery in Atwater Village calls a spade a spade. That is, the coffee station inside the bakery, run by Yeekai Lim, lists a generally off-menu item -- the cortado -- as a cortado. To really a ... More >>
The stretch of Glendale Blvd. between San Fernando and the 5 -- broad and friendly, still dotted with genuine neighborhood businesses -- wasn't hurting for sweets or caffeine when Proof Bakery opened in mid-November.
Neighborhood favorite Kaldi brews its house-roasted coffee strong, but its select ... More >>
Generous sidewalks and a wide thoroughfare don't exactly make Glendale Boulevard the Champs Elysees of Atwater Village, but a new bakery located on the street helps import a bit of France. And it's also here where Proof Bakery owner Na Young Ma hopes to "be part of a community and ne ... More >>