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Places to Drink Coffee in Los Angeles: Melrose Umbrella Company

First opened as a speakeasy, Melrose Umbrella Company was originally conceived as a place to have just a really good cocktail. The design of the space has the feel of something like an early 1900s pharmacy or feed store. The bar’s motto: Those who weren’t hung as horse thieves, died of drink. On a side note, I’m gonna assume the use of hung in that sentence was intentional. Very funny (words matter). Anyway, about a year ago, Melrose Umbrella Co. added a coffee program to its offerings, opening during the day for people to come drink some…

Valentine’s Day: Don’t Look for Love, Look for Coffee {Sweatshop Coffee}

In December I was in NYC, and I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn I visited many coffee shops. I was staying in the West Village, so most of the coffee shops I checked out (or re-checked out) – including Laughing Man, Everyman Espresso, Birch, Ninth Street Espresso, and Ground Support (my favorite because of the coffee) – were in Manhattan. But there was one coffee shop in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) – Sweatshop coffee shop – I was determined to get to on this trip. The reason: I needed to see – in “real life” – Timothy Goodman’s graphic art “DONT LOOK…

Places to Drink Coffee in Los Angeles (West Hollywood): Smith and Tait

In an efficiently designed, sun-lit space on Huntley Drive is West Hollywood’s newest coffee shop: Smith & Tait. Co-owners Lauren Hogarth and Alexandra Morton are partners who had been working in film production and graphic design, respectively, before following their dream of opening a coffee shop. When I stopped in last week, I had a chance to chat with them a bit, and they are really cool girls – very down-to-earth and friendly. And they love coffee – damn fine coffee, to be specific. Click on post title to continue reading…

My Top 5 Favorite Coffee Shops of 2016

Welcome to the first-ever annelovescoffeemore list of my five favorite coffee shops. If you live in or have plans to be in Los Angeles, NYC, Paris or Vancouver, and you love good coffee, there is something here for you. Also, I am always looking for new coffee shops to try in different cities throughout the world, so if you have a recommendation of a shop to add to my list, please comment below! On my short list of places I plan to go/get back to: Sydney, Buenos Aires, NYC, London and Paris. If you have fave coffee shops…

This video of former Pro BMXer Kevin Porter is SO AWESOME… and, yes, this has to do with coffee.

This is Kevin Porter. He is a former Pro-BMXer. If you click through (on the title above) to this post, you will see a video of him doing his BMX thing. Do yourself a favor and watch the whole video. The whole entire video. Note: the beginning is pretty funny, but that is not the best part… hang in there… it’s pretty f*ckin’ rad. I didn’t know I even liked BMX… or that I used the word rad… until I saw this video. It is so cool! Just like Kevin. I met Kevin at the Verve…

Places to Drink Coffee in Los Angeles: Blacktop Coffee

Blacktop Coffee, in the Arts District, downtown Los Angeles, is simply awesome. As I have said before, I love G&B Coffee, but I think Blacktop might be my new favorite DTLA coffee shop. It’s small, yes, but the space is cool – a 240-square foot coffee bar which shares an open door with the ultra-hip Alchemy Works shop on 3rd Street. And owner/coffee pro Tyler Wells (formerly Handsome Coffee) and staff are really nice – like, REALLY nice (unlike some shops which shall not be named). But, most importantly, the coffee is very good. When I was…