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 – really nice (unlike some shops which shall not be named). But, most importantly, the coffee is very good. When I was there in June, they were selling beans from SightGlass Coffee, but they were brewing coffee with their own proprietary Blacktop Coffee blend, and they said they would be selling their beans to the public soon. I had an iced latte, which just tasted so much better than other iced lattes I’ve had lately. Maybe it was the way it was made, but I think it might have been because of the Blacktop beans.
But maybe the reason I most love going to Blacktop is because it’s on a street with super cool hipster shops where you can laugh and laugh about the things available for purchase such as a $95 handmade tobacco-and-copy paper scented candle or a $105 graphic tee with a picture of a taco riding a unicorn*. You know, the kind of stuff that seems so dumb it’s cool but also has you wondering (perhaps) what type of people can justify spending $105 on a graphic tee with a picture of a unicorn-riding-taco? All I know is that I found myself saying “that would make a nice hostess gift” a lot. Alchemy Works is one of these shops selling such random variety of clothing and housewares.
The other reason Blacktop Coffee is my new favorite is because it is in the middle of the Arts District. And street art is everywhere. Exhibit A, B, C, and D below. Bottom line, Blacktop is now on annelovescoffeemore’s top 5 favorite Los Angeles coffee shops.
Blacktop Coffee – DTLA
826 East Third Street (Arts District)
Los Angeles, CA 90013
* Made those up.
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