Friday, August 17, 2007
A peek at Intelligentsia Coffee
Eating L.A. got a peek inside Intelligentsia this morning on our morning jog. It opens at noon today (Friday) with an opening party tonight. They're still putting a few finishing touches on, but the sign painter graciously gave me his cup of freshly-made Ethiopian coffee. Intelligentsia's Kyle (pictured), a finalist at the World Barista Championships, told me that coffee will be served from both the expensive Clover coffeemaker and another system of near-equal quality which makes more at a time for peak hours. The cup I tasted was super-smooth with some hints of berry.
Most of Intelligentsia's coffees are medium-roasted -- the taste should come from the bean, not the roast, Kyle said. Or as he put it, "Would a real foodie order a well-done steak?" Even if you're a dark roast lover, try out some of their more nuanced varieties just to see the difference. The store is spacious with elegant marble counters, a shady patio in front and a lots of beans for sale (pictured). Intelligentsia serves croissants and baguettes from BreadBar and cupcakes and other pastries from Echo Park's Delilah Bakery.
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