If we've learned anything from all the specialty coffee shops in the city -- other than what, exactly, constitutes barista chic -- it's that we can pick up a bag of great beans and easily figure out how to make our own great good cup of coffee at home. But that probably will be just the beginning: When tweaking (your coffee) turns into an obsession, you might want to start looking into the coffee shop equivalent of university extension classes: Coffee-focused workshops and demos where you can learn a thing or two (how to brew, how to roast your own beans) and swap ideas with your fellow coffee aficionados. To find out where you can geek out in good company, turn the page.
4. Coffee Workshops at Jones Coffee Roasters:
Jones Coffee often offers several classes, including this week's $25 Home Barista workshop. For the class, you're invited to haul in your own espresso machine and grinder and have someone show you how to use your shiny toy. With a maximum enrollment of only 5 people, you'll have ample time to ask questions, pull shots, tinker and experiment. 693 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; (626) 564-9291.
3. Public training classes at Intelligentsia:
All three Intelligentsia branches in L.A. offer public classes that cover everything from home brewing to latte art. The class schedule for all three locations is conveniently posted online (this week in the Pasadena and Venice shops: milk steaming). 3922 Sunset Blvd., L.A., (323) 663-6173; 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (310) 399-1233; 55 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 578-1270.