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Posted Sat May 25, 2013, 8:58pm
Subject: San Gabriel Valley?
 

I'll be in the general area next weekend.  Is there anything out that way?  I'm familiar with (the existence of) De Cafe Baristas in Monterey Park (Intelly).  Is there anything else worth thinking about or going to?
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Posted Sat May 25, 2013, 9:35pm
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De Cafe Baristas serves mostly Herkimer for espresso nowadays, in addition to Intelly. Do try the hand drip, especially if Ethiopian coffee is available. Even though it is not on the menu, you can also ask for siphon.

If you are also near Downtown/Little Tokyo, try Demitasse and Cafe Dulce, both not too far from Monterey Park.
http://cafedemitasse.com
http://www.cafedulce.co

Additionally in Downtown, Handsome:
http://www.handsomecoffee.com
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Posted Sun May 26, 2013, 7:43am
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Also in the San Gabriel Valley, though a little further from Montery Park than downtown L.A. is the San Dimas Klatch location.
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Posted Sun May 26, 2013, 11:32am
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Not really going to be headed toward downtown LA at all (a bit too far out of the way), but we will be in the I-210 corridor all the way out to San Bernardino.  My wife is from Taiwan, which is why we're pulling off and hanging out in the San Gabriel/Monterey Park/Rosemead/Alhambra/etc area.  I'm familiar with Klatch, of course, and we were at the Rancho Cucamonga location last time.  It's good (and a possibility depending on transportation and timing logistics), but we're after different experiences/options this trip. :)

Parts of the San Fernando Valley may also be an option, but I've just seen a listing on Yelp for a Counter Culture/Handsome account in Santa Clarita that's closed on Sunday, so that's not going to work.  Maybe on the way down...

Herkimer is a little boring as espresso IMO, but as long as it's poured well; I'm not sure how high my expectations are, but considering you can get both Sightglass and Ritual in Cupertino (and decently-done), it seems that the southland might have some equivalent place...

 
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Posted Sun May 26, 2013, 12:12pm
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Has anyone been to or heard of Taza Social Cafe in Arcadia?  Supposedly multi-roaster and every single-cup brewing method known to humankind.

 
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Posted Sun May 26, 2013, 12:15pm
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there's a place in Valley Village...what's it called again????....ummm...yeah, that's it...Steam Punk!

Sort of a conflicting place.  The website makes it look like a top notch artisan house, and they even have a barista challenge night, where you ask him to do any design you want on your milk-based drink.  Having grown up in the SF Valley, I get there annually to visit friends and family.  Last January, I dragged my wife over to VV to check out Steam Punk.  As the kids were asleep in the car, we took turns going in for our drinks.

So, I introduced myself and struck up the I'm a CG conversation.  Me being a home user, I wanted to know which Mazzer grinders I was looking at (hey, at least I could tell that much).  The wife owner (husband/wife team) was sitting at the bar on her laptop when I went in.  She hadn't a clue...didn't even that they were Mazzers!  And didn't even recognize the name!  In fact, she didn't know jack about any of the equipment they had, and I suspect she couldn't pull a shot to save her life.  The Barista at least knew the grinders were both Mazzers, but was otherwise in the same boat as me.  I told him to look at the badge.  I think one was a SJ, but my memory "isn't working today" (as you can see from my opening).  I ordered an espresso macchiato (yeah, risky, but I figured it's just a couple of bucks and nobody can force me to drink it).  It was ok, drinkable, but nothing to write home about.  Given we were there mid-day, I'm guessing the night barista is the one who is "the sh!t", maybe even the husband owner knows something...but I didn't get to find out.  Best part of the excursion (besides getting the skinny on the place) is my wife still raves about her mocha.  Yeah, it was that good!

 
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Posted Sun May 26, 2013, 2:47pm
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espressophile Said:

Has anyone been to or heard of Taza Social Cafe in Arcadia?  Supposedly multi-roaster and every single-cup brewing method known to humankind.

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I've heard of it, never been there. If you go, let me know. It's about half way between me and LA :)

 
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Posted Sun May 26, 2013, 3:09pm
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Intelly's location in Pasadena will be within San Gabriel Valley. From Monterey Park, about 20-30 minutes depending on LA traffic. Early in the morning on weekends though, at least parking is easy.  I feel the Pasadena location has easier access than the Silver Lake location from Monterey Park.

The other downtown cafes are actually with 7.5 miles from De Cafe Baristas, but then again, traffic.....although I could hit all three in one late afternoon on Sunday without too much angst.

Another cafe worth mentioning is Cognoscenti at 3156 Glendale Blvd, LA. It is again not within San Gabriel Valley proper but "close" enough by LA driving standard.
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Posted Wed May 29, 2013, 9:20am
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espressophile Said:

Has anyone been to or heard of Taza Social Cafe in Arcadia?  Supposedly multi-roaster and every single-cup brewing method known to humankind.

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I've been to Taza once just to test it out.  Had an espresso shot that was single origin, Africa I think.  It was a good experience with good atmosphere.  Limited parking in the back, but here is a tiny lot if the street parking is full.

Not enough of a coffee/espresso-phile to give a proper review of the place though.  It was on par with Demitase cafe in Little Tokyo.
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Posted Sun Jun 2, 2013, 5:05pm
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espressophile Said:

Has anyone been to or heard of Taza Social Cafe in Arcadia?  Supposedly multi-roaster and every single-cup brewing method known to humankind.

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Taza is very good. They source from several high-end roasters. Highly recommend it, especially given where you are staying.
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