elm coffee roasters…

my love & respect for coffee culture hasn’t wavered. i’ve recently decided that if i’m visiting a city, that i will bring back some locally roasted coffee from a shop. it’s an easy keepsake, that packs well & that i can enjoy for weeks, while i remember facets of my trip. for my second time in seattle, i had a chance to swing by pioneer square & visit elm coffee roasters. it was an airy space, in a gorgeous old building with room for a roaster, taking center stage. the wood work & the thoughtfully designed space lends itself to the amazing light that creeps in from the street windows. i think i’m most drawn to coffee shops with minimal design & the least amount of distractions. yes, the “bells & whistles” are great, but if i’m going out of my way to visit a shop, i want the focus on the coffee & the service. much like la, there is no shortage of coffee shops, but this one was high on my list to experience. the staff were so inviting & my drink was expertly crafted, but i enjoyed the sounds of people hanging out “talking shop”. the customers were gathered near the bar with the staff asking questions. i’ve learned to appreciate this mini education everywhere i go. i want & look forward to the crew telling me what i should try & what they are most proud of. as someone who works in the service industry myself, i’m always impressed with the level of excitement & pride each shop has. if you’re near pioneer square, pay this place a visit! 

elm coffee roasters  |  240 2nd avenue south seattle, wa 98104

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paramount coffee project la…

on a quite wednesday, i ventured over to the fairfax district towards the newly opened paramount coffee project la. a much awaited arrival to this aussie colab between mark dundon, russell beard, & ping jin ng. Aside from the exceptional drinks, the design will impress you every step of the way. the space is long yet inviting & you feel the warmth amidst the concrete details & hanging vines. i was immediately welcomed by a caring staff that poured a signature creamy flat white, but pair this with the ruby tea (hints of gin-like juniper!). i will certainly add this place to my go-to coffee list –  m.

paramount coffee project  |  456 N Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

lamill coffee in silverlake…

i was recently invited to lamill coffee in silverlake,  to taste some of their new brunch fair & it was so delicious! i had a great time with friends & ended up staying for hours. I had forgotten how lovely the space was & can be for an intimate lunch or a late night snack. 

lamill coffee 1636 silver lake blvd, los angeles, ca 90026

coffee + food…

i love getting tips on new places to try & luckily this one was just down the way from work. cyndi finkle and mel cain’s collaboration, coffee + food is a beautiful space with killer sandwiches & smooth aussie brewed coffee. the cafe is airy & the perfect place to catch a quick bite & watch the staff charm guests. both cafe items i tried were fresh & filled with complex flavors, that had me wanting more! i’m so glad this little gem is here to stay…

coffee + food 5630 melrose avenue la, ca 90038 m-sa 7a-3p twitter @coffeeplusfood