Shop: Smith and Tait
Motto: Damn Fine Coffee
Location: 866 Huntley Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Hours: 7a-4p, M-Su
Coffee: Ritual Coffee Roasters
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.
The shop is tucked away and maybe a little hard to find at first, so this is what you need to know: 866 Huntley Drive is really the back of the building at 8722 Santa Monica Boulevard. You’ll know you’ve found it when you see the dog-parking station and water bowls as you walk up to the entrance.
Smith and Tait serves espresso drinks, drip coffee, craft cold brew and infused cold brews (think peppercorn or vanilla bean) – all with beans from Ritual Coffee Roasters. If you want a little something sweet to go with your coffee, try the little mini vegan donuts from Fonuts. All drinks can be made with whole or skim milk, half and half, or almond milk.
Verdict: This is a great little local coffee shop, and I think Smith and Tait is worth a special trip, even if you don’t live in West Hollywood but for sure if you do.
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