Over the past few years, roasters from across the globe have brought their beans to the City of Angels as part of the continuing coffee boom. That includes nationally known names looking to expand — Intelligentsia, Blue Bottle, Stumptown, Verve and Counter Culture, for instance — as well as coffee shops such as G&B, Blacktop and Dinosaur Coffee, which source their coffee beans from highly regarded roasters from across the country. That's all good news, but what if you want to support local roasters? One of L.A.'s best-kept coffee secrets involves Greg Thomas, a bicycle and literature enthusiast, who launched a small roasting business out of his garage in 2014, distributing his beans via bike. Trystero is slightly larger in operational scope these days, but the only way to get your hands on Thomas' stellar, reasonably priced coffee is to order via email (delivery range is limited) or stop by Trystero's Atwater Village garage on roast days. Even then, it's best to reserve your coffee beforehand. Trust us, it's worth it.
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