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Handsome Coffee Roasters

(Now Closed)
Coffee Shop$$$$
Arts District, Los Angeles
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  • Keith D.
    Keith DeanNovember 20, 2014
    Minimal, sexy, sophisticated if your an experienced espresso drinker and appreciate amazing coffee then this is the place for you; the best espresso I've ever had. (no cream, no sugar, just heaven)
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle R.August 13, 2014
    The menu is simple: proper espresso drinks. That's it. Don't try to mess up their perfect pulls with sugar. This is one of those times when being told no is actually a good thing.
  • Jenn L.
    Jenn LloydAugust 7, 2014
    Thank goodness this place closed. No cream, no sugar??? This place had a highly inflated self worth for the just alright coffee they were brewing. Nothing special and it appears the customers agreed
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    Co-owner Michael Phillips was the first American to win the World Barista Championship. But they've laid the smackdown on snobbery. Their promise? "We're going to make great coffee & be nice to you." Read more
  • linda y.
    linda yoonJuly 20, 2014
    This location is now Blue Bottle.
  • Shehz
    ShehzApril 9, 2014
    No almond milk (or soy). Only organic whole milk.
  • Brett D.
    Brett DahlenburgMarch 16, 2014
    Probably the best espresso in LA; novices need not apply, this place is for serious coffee connoisseurs and drinkers only.
  • Bruce K.
    Bruce KMarch 10, 2014
    Parking will be a challenge. Seating is more bar style than table + chairs. They only offer espresso with milk or drip coffee. Huge roaster machine clearly visible. Overall, a great place.
  • Sukhjeet
    SukhjeetMarch 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    My go to is the espresso and 3 oz of milk: one shot of espresso served alone and another shot served separately with just a little bit of milk.
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LorenFebruary 20, 2014
    Cool people, cool coffee, cool location
  • Jenn W.
    Jenn WongFebruary 15, 2014
    5oz espresso w milk
  • GG
    GGFebruary 10, 2014
    Saw this on Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee with Patton Oswald
  • Christine L.
    Christine LeeFebruary 5, 2014
    Cold brew for $4. Cash and card accepted.
  • Hola Mexico F.
    The tacos outside and the venue itself. The coffee is good, but overpriced.
  • Ajay P.
    Ajay PondicherryDecember 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the queen imman (sp?) pastry with the coffee...obvs.
  • Brian
    BrianDecember 27, 2013
    Great coffee, chill atmosphere, and free street parking!
  • Michael K.
    Michael KandelDecember 10, 2013
    The coffee is great and the baristas are all beautiful, but there is no wifi. :(
  • Dan S.
    Dan SteinbergNovember 20, 2013
    Best espresso I've had since visiting Heart in Portland last year.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaSeptember 24, 2013
    What to Order: A pure five-ounce espresso with steamed Clover Farms Dairy whole milk.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SeeSeptember 11, 2013
    Love the coffee, employees & atmosphere.
  • Grant H.
    Grant HosfordSeptember 10, 2013
    New favorite coffee shop in Downtown LA. Don't ask for cream or sugar. They don't have any!
  • Michael G.
    Michael GreenAugust 31, 2013
    Awesome coffee, the best I ever had.
  • DH L.
    DH LeeAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    5oz espresso and milk is the best
  • Ollie Z.
    Ollie ZadAugust 16, 2013
    No sweetener/sugar in sight. Really good espresso.
  • Simon J.
    Simon JollyAugust 5, 2013
    Good Sunday spot
  • Paul T.
    Paul ThompsonAugust 2, 2013
    Not the coffee shop you'd expect in this area.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJuly 29, 2013
    A gorgeous minimalist warehouse that makes the resembles less a coffee bar, retail space and open roastery than a seriously upscale meth lab... Also featured at the 2013 LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast! Read more
  • Denise M.
    Denise MorrisseyJuly 11, 2013
    Tyler - the owner - knows his coffee! And ask the barrista for a reco when you order a drink.
  • Jia Y.
    Jia YouJuly 7, 2013
    handsome coffee by handsome baristas
  • Albert B.
    Albert BernalJune 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    this is my favorite coffee until stumptown opens. simple things are wonderful and there's nothing more simple than getting just what you order. espresso/coffee with milk, iced/hot. simply blissful.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.April 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a delicious coffee and go. No wifi.
  • Sew
    SewApril 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Remember: If it's worth doing, it's worth over doing.
  • STALYON
    STALYONApril 2, 2013
    Go for their drip. African if possible. I promise, it will make you more handsome than before.
  • Louis R.
    Louis RobledoMarch 21, 2013
    For me it weird that a coffee shop has no sugar, but great staff and tranquil atmosphere
  • Erica R.
    Erica RahnMarch 6, 2013
    Port key or real.... Humm you have to touch it find out.
  • Kathy N.
    Kathy N.March 3, 2013
    Great space! Lounge area out back. Street parking.
  • DTELS LA
    DTELS LAFebruary 12, 2013
    A coffee shop for only the most sophisticated of coffee lovers since they only serve straight coffee and straight espresso. No lattes, no cream, no sugar. Novices need not apply. Read more
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™January 15, 2013
    No pour-overs. Drip coffee is good. Espresso does the job as well. Enjoy.
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RoodmanDecember 27, 2012
    Order an espresso. Simplicity has never been smoother.
  • Drew M.
    Drew MaddoxOctober 5, 2012
    just about to start my day. Work some crazy hours now I am back to my daily hours. Thank god it is Friday Going to the club
  • Edgar A.
    Edgar AgustinSeptember 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Easy coffee codes: "C" is for Comfort... and "A" is for Adventure. "C" for less acidic & more traditional coffee taste… and "A" for more lighter but more fruit-forward taste.
  • DowntownLA.com
    DowntownLA.comAugust 31, 2012
    "A trip to the Arts District for a cup of Handsome Roasters on the weekend is a guilty pleasure." – Rob & Janene @ www.ThisIsMyDowntown.com/Rob-Janene
  • Benjamin L.
    Benjamin LotanJuly 19, 2012
    No sugar to be found. Bold Or disingenuous?... Both?
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXJuly 8, 2012
    Order the coffee.
  • CUSCINO - DJ/Producer (Cuscino.LA) *.
    Justin is the man. Period.
  • Midtown Lunch LA
    Midtown Lunch LAJune 15, 2012
    Proof chocolate chip cookie dunking is the best (and only) way to add sugar to your coffee.
  • Jackie
    JackieMay 28, 2012
    Not that the coffee really needs it, but they do not have sugar for your coffee here.
  • Tyler J.
    Tyler JamesonMay 24, 2012
    Well worth the trip.
  • Micki K.
    Micki KrimmelApril 24, 2012
    Say hi to @Nicely!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamApril 5, 2012
    Ask for a "one-and-one" (sometimes called a "one-n-fun"…I don't know why) — the usual double-shot of espressos, split into two cups, one simply a shot of espresso, the other, a single-shot macchiato.
  • Buzz A.
    Buzz AndersenMarch 28, 2012
    The new hotness of the LA coffee scene.
  • Robert W.
    Robert WarrenMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    do i even need to give you a tip? you're getting either espresso or coffee, from the best... what more could you ask for?
  • @RickNakama
    @RickNakamaMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There's free street parking around the area!
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 2, 2012
    Ask anyone on staff about what will satisfy your mood, and definitely take a look at the enormous roaster. Read more
  • Jessica Y.
    Jessica YuehFebruary 25, 2012
    1st day the coffee bar is open!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MunizFebruary 25, 2012
    Overheard at HCR:Q: Do you do pour-overs?A: No, we just make consistently good coffee.
  • Ken R.
    Ken RudmanFebruary 25, 2012
    Try the Espresso + Milk
  • Taste Terminal
    Taste TerminalJanuary 6, 2012
    The L.A. coffee bar offers Espressos for $3, Espresso + Steamed Milk-3 oz./5.oz. $4, and 1oz Espressos for $5. Brewed Coffee will be sold at market price ($4-$9). Open daily from 7 AM - 6 PM. Read more
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