The best coffee in town is a highly contested subject. People base friendships and business relationships on “where you get your morning brew” and everyone–everyone–has their opinion on the best place in town. Because of this hyper awareness (or, rather, steadfastness in loyalty), when a new place opens, we’re eager to check it out and see what the hype is all about. Recently, we’ve gotten word from Ted over at Poketo that there’s a not-quite-open coffee spot Downtown that everyone needs to know about.
Here’s what Ted had to say…
There has been a lot of buzz since Summer about a new coffee roastery, Handsome Coffee Roasters, opening up in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. Three guys, Michael Phillips, Tyler Wells, and Chris Owens, all with extensive backgrounds in the coffee world. Michael is actually a barista world champion, Chris is a roaster, and Tyler used to be at Intelligentsia.
Just recently, got word that Handsome was almost finished with construction of their 3500 square foot flagship store, one that will house a cafe bar, roaster, and their entire operation. There is a bit of secret… While still in construction, they are opening up their backdoor and serving their awesome coffee to the community, as a fun thing to do and just to have people get to know their brand and style. In a nutshell, they aim to make the best coffee, period. To them, this means coffee in its most pure form, without sugar and flavoring or anything like that. It’s quality coffee and espresso, roasted to perfection, and served simply. They know not everyone is going to be into it, but, they know that once people try their brand of coffee, there is no turning back. And from first hand experience, going through their little speakeasy, backdoor cafe this past month, it’s my favorite, hands down.
I got to know the gentlemen there and they are super cool… really nice, down to earth, and just good people. We (at Poketo) invited them to be part of our annual holiday shop event and they jumped at the opportunity. More than anything, they got on board for the sole purpose of being part of the community and meeting more awesome Angelenos.
So, the secret is out… visit Handsome Coffee before it’s officially open, taste their amazing coffee on them, get a tour of their space and a vision of what’s to come. Their secret, backdoor Handsome cafe is open usually Monday – Friday, from about 9am to noon. If you want to meet them this Saturday, December 10th, come to the Poketo Holiday Sale, 510 South Hewitt Street, #506, LA… they’ll be serving up their finest!
I don’t know about you guys, but we have to check out Handsome Coffee. It’s funny because, even as we were visiting Apolis, one of the owners was mentioning Handsome as well. Be sure to stop by and see them and visit Poketo’s sale to get a taste (and, if you want to know more about the guys, Ted inteviewed them for Poketo’s blog).