On a narrow two lane street, called Abbot Kinney Boulevard, you find an array of shopping and restaurants. There are also a host of several coffee shops. The one that sticks out the most, or at least, has the longest line is Intelligentsia Coffee of Venice Beach. If Jones Coffee is the place where coffee connoisseurs go when they die, Intelligentsia is where coffee geeks go. On top of Intelligentsia’s standard bucket-ccino, you can also do chemex brew, if you’d prefer. And the spacious interior allows for enough room to walk around and stare at all the gadgetry and wonder WTH it all does.
1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90291
If there were a place that coffee connoisseurs go to die, this would be it. Jones Coffee is imported globally but roasted locally at the store in Pasadena, California by master roaster & taster Rafael Aguiar. He is the sommelier of coffee and an all around nice guy with a great smile.
If you are in the Los Angeles area, its worth the time to make the trip to Pasadena, have a cappuccino and chat with Raffi. Below are pictures of the coffee house, Rafael, and lots and lots of coffee.
Jones Coffee Roasters
693 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA. 91105
The beans before roasting are pale in color and tasteless.
The beans are roasted at about 450F for about 15-20 minutes
Mini-Roasters in The Cupping Room, where tasters roast and sample coffee’s from independent growers and decide if their coffee is something they want to buy.
Master Roaster Raffi Aguilar
We have a bit of a peeve about brunch. It’s a bit overrated and so popular right now that we go to the supposed hot, new places and have to wait for 1+ hours for a table only to find the meal mediocre at best. home/made, in Red Hook, is an exception to that rule. They focus on a few small things and do a great job. The espresso and coffee are wonderful, the scrambles are inventive and delightful and the potatoes with whole roasted garlic; Oh my, the potatoes are phenomenal. In addition to their indoor dining area they also have a small shaded and sun-drenched garden. The prices are reasonable and the waitstaff does not have a stick up their ass either. Enjoy!
293 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Pecan Sticky Bun
roasted tomatoes, arugula & fontina scramble
double smoked bacon
Ramps and Goat Cheese Scramble