Specialty coffee shops in the L.A. area
Shandi Jones works her magic at Spring for Coffee. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
Description: Small, bright Sawtelle Boulevard cafe that uses multiple roasters (including San Francisco's Ritual and Four Barrel) and specializes in the siphon brewing method.
11301 W. Olympic Blvd., No. 124, Los Angeles, (310) 906-0267, http://www.balconicoffee.com.
Description: Two cafes in Silver Lake devoted to Central and South American single-origin coffees. Roaster Angel Orozco opened these cafes to provide a place for organic coffee growers to sell their wares.
Locations: 534 N. Hoover St., 710 N. Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, (213) 537-8367; farmers market booths at Hollywood, Silver Lake and Atwater Village; cafecitoorganico.com.
CoffeeBar Los Angeles
Description: Sleek new cafe in downtown L.A.'s Bank District, brewing coffee from Noble (Ashland, Ore.), Verve (Santa Cruz) and Ecco (Santa Rosa)
600 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, (213) 327-1157, coffeebarla.com.
Description: Airy, Minimalist West Hollywood cafe with multiple bean sources — Coava (Portland, Ore.), Sightglass (San Francisco), Victrola (Seattle) — for multiple styles.
Location: 801 N. Fairfax Ave., No. 106, Los Angeles, (323) 782-1465, coffeecommissary.com.
Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa
Description: Family-owned roasting facility and cafe. Roaster A.J. Barish has lightened his touch on roasting to reflect a newer, more origin-driven style.
Location: 10117 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 558-0436, conservatorycoffeeandtea.com.
Description: Nik Krankl mans the espresso machines at his mother's (Gail Silverton) gelato shops in Los Feliz and Studio City, while he canvases the city for his own cafe location.
Location: 1936 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 668-0606; 43421/2 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, (818) 487-1717; http://www.gelatobar-la.com.