Today, ladies and gentlemen, I am reviewing the wonderful, the beautiful, the awesome G&B Coffee in Downtown Los Angeles (from here on out #dtla; hashtag: because I can.) Founded by Kyle Glanville (G) and Charles Babinski (B), G&B’s mission is to introduce people to the great coffees of the World. I have been to this coffee shop now many times and every time I have loved it. And here, my furry friends, are the reasons G&B is possibly my favorite of the many awesome coffee shops in Los Angeles:
1. Amazing coffee. Of all my trips to G&B, every cup of coffee and/or espresso drink has been amazing. The drip coffee: delicious. The iced coffee: delicious. Macadamia/almond milk latte: So damn delicious. On that last point, some of you may remember that I am not much of an espresso drink drinker or a nut milk drinker. However…HOWEVER, there is now an exception, and the exception is the G&B almond-milk/macadamia-milk latte (see hero image above). I think the combination of the almond and the macadamia confuses my taste buds into thinking that I am drinking something as delicious as real milk. And, as if the delicious coffee drinks aren’t enough, G&B sells many, many awesome brands of coffee.
2. Cool location and great atmosphere. G&B is located in the Grand Central Market, a 30,000 square-foot arcade encompassing a food emporium and retail marketplace of both old and new food vendors selling everything from dried beans and tamarind to artisan cheeses and fresh pressed juices. Because the Grand Central Market is huge, the ceilings are high, and the space feels really open. G&B is located at one of the market’s two open-air entrances, so it has an indoor-outdoor feel, which is perfect for enjoying two amazing Los Angeles’ specialties: its super awesome weather and one of its best coffee shops. Add to that a contemporary, bright shop design, and you have a pretty great atmosphere for enjoying a cup of coffee.
3. Delicious food. Hot-off-the-waffle-press yeasted waffles. Home-made granola. Toast with jam or cinnamon sugar. All manners of delicious baked goods. Hey, listen, it is IMPORTANT to me when my delicious coffee shops also serve delicious food. G&B delivers.
4. Super patient and nice baristas. Okay, it’s true that every time I go to G&B, I feel a little bit like I might be a character in an episode of Portlandia, particularly when it comes to asking and receiving answers about the different drink and food options. However, that aside, the staff at G&B has always, and I mean always, been incredibly patient and friendly during the sometimes extraordinarily drawn-out ordering process. Recently, when I was there with two friends who were G&B newbies, I am pretty sure it took us 10 minutes to order – partly because we kept changing our minds about what to get (it’s not our fault! Everything sounded so good!). The guy who was helping was so sweet. He said, after our profuse apologies “Don’t worry! I get paid by the hour.” See? Patient, and they have a sense of humor! How can you not love them?
Grand Central Market – Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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