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    Intelligentsia Coffee

    3922 W. Sunset Blvd. (Silver Lake)

    Los Angeles, CA

    (1) 323-663-6173 | www.intelligentsiacoffee.com

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    • CUISINE

      Coffeehouse
    • HOURS

      Mon.-Wed.: 6:00am-8:00pm; Thurs.-Sat.: 6:00am-11:00pm
    • BEST FOR

      Breakfast; quick bite; coffee
    • RESERVATIONS

      Not accepted
    • BAR

      No
    • YEAR OPENED

      2007
    • PRICE (COFFEE)

      USD 3+
    • NOISE

      Medium/Loud
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Ricotta muffins; pastries
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Espresso; coffee; tea
    • # OF SEATS

      50-75
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      Yes
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
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    VIBE

    The airy interior of this specialist coffee workshop is the domain of super star baristas and their hot rod espresso machines, while the wide blue tiled patio belongs to the cream of Silver Lake’s hipster crop. Some find the “too cool for school” types swanning about detract from the experience, especially since their sprawling posses make getting a table tricky, but others lap it up as part of the specialty coffee scene. All agree that on hot days, the overhead misters on the patio are dreamy.

    CROWD

    Eclectic mix of hipsters, coffee snobs, students, creative types, and joe-starved locals.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    If you want to roll with the Silver Lake crowd on the terrace, ultra hip label jeans and sunglasses are de rigueur. If you’re just in it for the fantastic coffee, wear whatever you like.

    GO HERE WITH

    Coffee aficionados; friends

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    No bones about it: we dig the coffee. Baristas will recommend the best coffee for you (offerings change based on freshness/availability) given a description of your taste.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    Getting a table takes too much time and tenacity.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Intelligentsia practices direct trade, which means they source their beans and tea directly from the growers. (Their buyers cumulatively spend over 365 days a year “at source.”) Also, they push the importance of the seasonality of their beans, so their brews are made from micro-lots of coffee bought in-season.

    OTHER LOCATIONS

    Venice (Los Angeles); Chicago

    CLOSEST COMPS

    The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Los Angeles); Lamill Coffee Boutique (Los Angeles)

    Read more about Intelligentsia Coffee in The Diary


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