yakster Senior Member Joined: 25 Feb 2009 Posts: 1,043 Location: San Jose, CA Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Tue Feb 28, 2012, 11:23am Subject: Handsome Coffee Roasters opens Cafe in LA
I had a chance to visit the Handsome Coffee Roasters location and cafe on Saturday. They'd just opened, but the coffee was great and the location is promising, in the Arts District of LA. They have a simple menu and serve espresso (with or without milk), coffee brewed on Fetcos, and iced coffee. I had a Fisticuffs espresso and a Rwanda drip. There's no condiment bar, they keep the milk behind the counter and don't offer sweeteners. You can read a bit more about my visit on my blog here.
Arts District Coffee Bar and Roasting Works 582 Mateo Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
I say the same thing when I see a vegan menu. But sometimes you've just got to stick to your principles. There is room for every coffee niche in L.A. People who are offended will go elsewhere, and the Handsome guys will be fine with that. I think they'll do very well.
EDIT: I remembered the motto of the third wave coffee group, Coffee Common is: "Unique Collaborations. Exceptional Coffee. No Sugar." Coffee Common website here.
jbviau Senior Member Joined: 12 Jul 2010 Posts: 736 Location: Pembroke Pines, FL Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2012, 5:59am Subject: Re: Handsome Coffee Roasters opens Cafe in LA
For certain people, it's not "need" so much as "want" with condiments. For example, while I pretty much always drink my coffee black, I've noticed that adding cream sometimes amps up certain flavors or even, occasionally, reveals previously unnoticed ones.
The only time I ever use sugar in espresso is when I've getting it from those stupid vending machines at French roadside gas stations in the middle of the night . . .
For me, I don't use sugar in espresso. Pretty much, if it needs sugar, I'm dumping it out, not drinking it. But there are certain things I find understandable and certain things I find obnoxious. I can understand not serving a double espresso in a 12-oz. paper cup to avoid someone adding 8-10 ounces of milk. But -- again, for me -- preventing "all ye who enter here" from using sugar seems a bit much . . .
frank828 Senior Member Joined: 23 Feb 2011 Posts: 581 Location: Los Angeles Expertise: Professional
Posted Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:08pm Subject: Re: Handsome Coffee Roasters opens Cafe in LA
since i dont ever add sugar to my coffee, it doesnt really bother me. it's probably not somewhere i'd take a friend that is picky with their drinks though.
my thing about them is their 4 dollar fetco brewed coffee. if i'm paying 4 bucks before tip, i'd really appreciate someone taking the time to freshly brew me a cup. i'm not driving into a remote part of downtown la to get in and out with my 4 dollar coffee that was brewed who knows when.
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