L.A. buzz.

As you can tell from our recent posts, we really enjoyed our time in Los Angeles – two weeks shooting for the June catalog – and we’re sharing our favorite places with you. Here are some of the coffee shops that we frequented while we were loving California living.

Alfred Coffee
8428 Melrose Place, West Hollywood
Also in Brentwood, Silver Lake and other areas.
“Alfred is perfect for a casual coffee or working in the outdoor space,” says designer Jon Gasca, who lives in Spain but can be counted on to know the best place for coffee in any city. Alfred brews Stumptown Coffee Roasters and serves cold pressed juice and baked pastries.

Smith & Tait Coffee Bar
866 Huntley Drive, West Hollywood
Founded by Lauren Hogarth and Alexandra Morton with a mission to serve “great coffee without pretense,” this tiny shop is big on personality. Located at the back of a building just off Santa Monica Boulevard, it’s hard to find, but a “Coffee Sold Here” sign helps guide the way. In addition to the standard menu of coffee from San Francisco-based Ritual Coffee Roasters, there is a “secret menu,” which is their way of testing out new brews and creative concoctions. Be sure to ask about it when you go.

Intelligentsia
3922 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Also in Venice, Pasadena and other cities.
In 1995, Doug Zell and Emily Mange moved from San Francisco to Chicago to open a coffee bar. They roasted the beans in-store, which brought an intimate, personal feeling to the space, and there was soon an almost cult following for the coffee being served by these two crazy Californians. Twenty-two years later, Intelligentsia coffee bars can be enjoyed in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Boston.

The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa
10117 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Informally known as “The Conservatory,” this family-run business has been serving freshly roasted organic coffee since 1995. They also offer more than 50 unique loose leaf teas and Mexican hot chocolate. Live musical performances add to the mellow ambiance.

Urth Caffé
451 S. Hewitt St., downtown L.A.
Also in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and other locations.
When Jilla and Shallom Berkman learned that coffee is one of the most chemically treated food commodities in the world, they decided to do something about it. In 1989 they launched the first exclusively organic, heirloom coffee company in the U.S. “Heirloom” means that the beans come from coffee trees that have never been genetically modified. Today there are six Urth locations, and each one is different. What they share is a lively atmosphere, delicious salads and, of course, great coffee.