There aren’t many coffee shops that I would travel for. Actually just one. Stumptown Coffee Roasters. When I was in Portland and Seattle a few months ago it was the number one thing on my list of places to visit. When I was living in New York I would go there often on my lunch breaks. And when I was in Palm Springs a few weeks ago I barred the horrendous heat in search of their iced cold cup of brew. I am so happy they finally opened up a location in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. It's about time!
|Kimchi spam musubi croissant by Chef Sharon Wang of Sugarbloom Bakery. One of the delicious treats they offer.|
If you didn't know this, I am fanatical over coffee! Not that I’m addicted (because since my pregnancy I have been drinking mostly decaf). I just love the taste, the smell, the essence of coffee. What I love more actually is the coffee culture. It’s a culture that I can’t describe. When I meet someone who really knows and understands what true coffee is supposed to taste like (not no Dunkin’ French vanilla, with whipped cream and sprinkles crap – sorry Dunkin’ lovers) I feel like I can relate to the purists. I feel like the coffee culture are tastemakers and creatives; they not only understand coffee but their own palate and styles. Like good food and good design, they know that the star ingredient should not be covered up by tons of other ingredients but should excel on its own if not accentuated. I could go into the properties of a good cup but I won’t bore you with the details. I just love the vibe of artisan coffee shops!
I always like to ask people what they drink at coffee shops because I think it is a reflection of their personalities. I normally get a cappuccino – 2 oz. of perfectly roasted espresso with 3-4 oz. of frothy, velvety, steamed milk. What do you think that says about me?
Again, I am so happy Stumptown expanded to Los Angeles. I've been waiting for this for years! They are still in their soft grand opening until they have all their systems in place. Keep an eye out for their grand opening soon to come!
806 S. Santa Fe
Los Angeles, CA 90021