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Blue Bottle Coffee

Restaurants, Coffee shops Downtown Arts District
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
 (Photograph: John Kingston/
Photograph: John Kingston/
 (Photograph: John Kingston/
Photograph: John Kingston/
 (Photograph: John Kingston/
Photograph: John Kingston/

Time Out says

You don't come to Blue Bottle Coffee for the WiFi (there is none). You don't come for the pastries (there are only a few options displayed under a glass case). You come for the coffee, for the Blue Bottle brand that started in Oakland and, after spreading throughout both coasts, has now planted itself in the former space of Handsome Coffee Roasters. But fans of Handsome Coffee shouldn't shun the newcomers. The small but curated menu caters to its Downtown Arts District clientele with shots of dense espresso and a few options for drip coffee and cold brew. Oh yeah, and about that cold brew: the New Orleans variety, which Blue Bottle has managed to box up in cute milk cartons à la elementary school cafeteria-style and sell across the country, is a solid option here, at once creamy and bitter, and a great introduction into the cold brew craze.



Address: 582 Mateo St
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Daily 7am-6pm
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Users say (5)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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Blue Bottle makes excellent coffee & has a team that is very excited about what they do (even though they recently sold to Nestle I believe :( ). I'm particularly a big fan of their New Orleans blend with chicory & have purchased Bella Donovan beans as well as a few other kinds to make at home. I took a "coffee class" here last year with a few friends on a weekend and was unfortunately let down by the experience though - the person running the class was very kind and knowledgable but not great at leading the group and making it an exciting time. 


Thought this place was going to be a lot better than it was. Originally came for the mondrian cake (which is only in the MoMA apparently). Since we couldn't get that, opted for an iced coffee. Was disappointed. Tasted no different from any other coffee or something you could brew at home.


Totally geeked out on how to brew the perfect cup with the barista. We learned about the right ratio of beans to water to perfect the pour over, single origin coffee flavors vs. mixed. The cup our barista made for us was so full of flavor - that we switched our coffee making process at home to the pour over since then.


I popped over to the small shop they have in Venice on Abbot Kinney and what an amazing cup of coffee! Almond milk latte is the best I've ever had and the carrot cake was so moist I finished it before they even served my coffee with a piece of art on top - it was almost a shame to put the lid on to take it away! I also got a lesson in the difference between cold brew and iced coffee from the baristas.

The best coffee in LA!  I always try to hit up this place when I'm in the Arts District.