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Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Old Pasadena, Pasadena
  • Ranked #3 for coffee shops in Pasadena
  • The experts at Food & Wine and LA Weekly recommend this place
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    • LA Weekly
  • Kenny H.
    "Highly recommend the Angeleno, iced coffee but more flavor"(8 Tips)
    Kali H.
    "black cat espresso is the bomb."(6 Tips)
    Adrian P.
    "great espresso like all the Intelligentsia locations throughout LA."(4 Tips)
    James T.
    "Single origin Americano was amazingly smooth."(3 Tips)
176 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • angeleno
  • black cat
  • trendy
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  • Melanie N.
    Melanie NicholsSeptember 15
    Been here 50+ times
    Sept: 7190
  • Ilijana T.
    Probably the best capuccino in LA!
  • Melanie N.
    Melanie NicholsApril 30
    Been here 50+ times
    April 7140
  • Tanya V.
    Tanya VFebruary 11
    Great coffee and mr holmes bakery goodies
  • James T.
    James TDecember 11, 2016
    All your favorite beans sold here.
  • James T.
    James TDecember 11, 2016
    Single origin Americano was amazingly smooth.
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainSeptember 30, 2016
    Single origin 12 oz drip will run you about $5 but well worth it.
  • Nyki B.
    Nyki BellAugust 13, 2016
    Cold brew cold brew cold brew!
  • José A.
    José AyalaAugust 3, 2016
    Amazing espresso coffee, Italian roasted. Prepared and served with care. And paired with a glass of water. Cozy environment, WiFi, kind bartenders. Just a PERFECT experience.
  • Craig C.
    Craig CullumApril 28, 2016
    Coffee is awesome, great espresso
  • cami j.
    cami j.March 30, 2016
    beautiful space, delicious cold brew.
  • Forrest
    ForrestMarch 22, 2016
    Great beer and wine selections.
  • Allison S.
    Allison SpivackJanuary 30, 2016
    Coffee, tea, wine, friendly baristas
  • Jaydeep S.
    Jaydeep SinghJanuary 20, 2016
    I wish they had this in SF. It's great and on the same level of SightGlass or Blue Bottle. My go to drink is the almond milk latte. Starbucks lovers this place may not be for you.
  • Julie
    JulieJanuary 10, 2016
    These baristas take care with their drinks. Great iced coffee.
  • Kevin
    KevinJanuary 4, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Be warned, no wall outlets to charge your phone/laptop while you work. Restrooms are in the back near the alley, basement level. Ask for the passcode!
  • Jaedoo L.
    Jaedoo LeeDecember 16, 2015
    Hot chocolate was the best of the best hot chocolate. It is a real 'Hot Chocolate'.
  • Josiah David C.
    Josiah David ChapmanDecember 13, 2015
    The coffee lives up to the hype, the ambiance is crafty, and the service is notable.
  • Josiah David C.
    Josiah David ChapmanDecember 13, 2015
    Great coffee, upbeat ambience, and a reputation that lives up to all the hype.
  • Lindy G.
    Lindy GrooveNovember 22, 2015
    Black cat macchiato
  • Angel C.
    Angel C.September 17, 2015
    Chai tea latte is very good. Tasty sandwiches.
  • Leon V.
    Leon Van EckAugust 3, 2015
    Perhaps the best cold brew coffee outside of Cape Town. Their ham and cheese croissant with a smidge of whole-grain mustard is so good, I want to hollow it out and live in it.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsJuly 9, 2015
    Love the space, great espresso like all the Intelligentsia locations throughout LA. Love how they give you a side of bubbly water with a Macchiato
  • Teryl B.
    Teryl BasingerMay 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get an Angelino!
  • Lina A.
    Lina A.May 20, 2015
    Cafe latte time!
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaMay 19, 2015
    If you're a true coffee drinker, you won't add milk or sugar! ;)
  • Carlos P.
    Carlos PachecoApril 24, 2015
    Drip coffee
  • shuran W.
    shuran WangMarch 7, 2015
  • Aria M.
    Aria MFebruary 10, 2015
    I'm in iced mocha and butter croissant heaven. The vibe and the decor is also divine.
  • Michal N.
    Michal NJanuary 4, 2015
    Pour over and espresso are very good. Really enjoyed the Burundi single origin. Overall quality coffee.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuDecember 30, 2014
    Big space. More like a bar/lounge than a cafe. Too cool for me.
  • Teryl B.
    Teryl BasingerDecember 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Angelino for your caffeination fix!
  • Amol K.
    Amol KDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good coffee AND good wine.
  • H. C.
    H. Colbert (@hrsch)December 17, 2014
    When you venture inland & the temp is hotter than midday in the desert, get the iced chai. For some odd reason, it's infinitely better than the hot version.
  • Isabelle A.
    Isabelle AcostaDecember 16, 2014
    Very trendy, great lattes and atmosphere
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderNovember 23, 2014
    Excellent coffee. The line starts closer to the door and not directly in front of the payment iPad.
  • Waynn L.
    Waynn LueNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    amazing latte art and lattes
  • DeeMagicGurl
    DeeMagicGurlOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Simple syrup latte or mocha. Any of the coffee is delicious
  • Arunima D.
    Arunima DeySeptember 22, 2014
    Loved the coffee
  • Yasir H.
    Yasir HossainSeptember 8, 2014
    Seasonal cold brews are awesome.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BakkerSeptember 7, 2014
    They use a reverse osmosis water filtration system and extremely high quality beans. Smooth and delicious coffee and very cool interior design.
  • Ava
    AvaAugust 26, 2014
    The coffee here is great, and the baristas are far less pretentious than they are at other intelligentsia locations
  • Trish
    TrishAugust 24, 2014
    the Angeleno is best iced coffee drink on the menu. also try the feta scallion scone.
  • Susana B.
    Susana BurciagaAugust 18, 2014
    # shopping
  • Chez S.
    Chez StockAugust 17, 2014
    all the deliciousness, none of the hipster douchebags of the Silverlake location.
  • Carl B.
    Carl BlackAugust 10, 2014
    Free meter parking on Raymond 8-11 am daily. Also a 15-minute space there on the corner near Colorado.
  • Whit M.
    Whit MaullAugust 7, 2014
    One of the few places that knows how to make a proper Flat White.
  • Jasmine S.
    Jasmine SkellyAugust 7, 2014
    Grab an iced latte here for that extra kick in the AM or for a afternoon pick me up! A great hangout if you're looking to catch up with a friend.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    Accompany a slowly dripped Kenyan with cured-meat plates, including Fra Mani salametti , as well as quite decent prosciutti cured in the restaurant's back room. Read more
  • Chester H.
    Chester HJuly 12, 2014
    No outlets, cool space. Bathroom is downstairs.
  • Joanna W.
    Joanna WanJune 14, 2014
    I think the coffee here is GROSS.
  • Jenny
    JennyMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Angeleno FTW! But beware, it has 4 shots. Also the best mocha in town.
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXMarch 18, 2014
    I recommend the coffee.
  • Claire H.
    Claire HurleyMarch 2, 2014
    Good coffee but slooow service
  • Scott O.
    Scott OkamotoDecember 29, 2013
    Great coffee. We didn't like the espresso, but others may like it.
  • Alejandra E.
    Alejandra EspinosaDecember 22, 2013
    Get the twice baked hazelnut croissant. Dangerously delicious.
  • Andy K.
    Andy KDecember 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Sat at the bar for 10 minutes-completely ignored. Been there several times-worst service ever!
  • Eric G.
    Eric GracianoDecember 13, 2013
    Great place and of course serving some of the best coffee there is. If you want to use your computer beware there aren't plugs so charge it before hand... + wine and beer is served here too :)
  • Winston S.
    Winston SDecember 8, 2013
    Lines always are long and tables are tough to find. Great atmosphere and quality coffee.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SmithSeptember 25, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Angelino always and forever! Best cold drink!
  • Leonardo D.
    Leonardo De La RochaSeptember 10, 2013
    Great mochas but 2% is as light as it gets. No almond milk but soy milk is available if you're into that sort of thing.
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin ParkSeptember 7, 2013
    Very cool coffee shop. Nice place to come and work or just to chill. They also serve wine and beer here as well.
  • Jim O.
    Jim Ogden 🎷September 6, 2013
    Nice! Feta a d chive scone.
  • DJ🙉 T.
    DJ🙉 TrollHard🇺🇸September 1, 2013
    Even the decaf black cat is incredible.
  • Matt
    MattAugust 28, 2013
    Wouldn't come back. Came here for wifi and it wouldn't work. Coffee is good but absolutely no fruit or anything besides bread for bfast
    Upvoted 1 day ago
  • Darius L.
    Darius LAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best mocha ever!
  • Kenny H.
    Kenny HuangAugust 17, 2013
    Highly recommend the Angeleno, iced coffee but more flavor
  • Mark T.
    Mark TooleyAugust 3, 2013
    Cracking coffee, great space...slightly aloof staff!
  • Joséphine R.
    Joséphine R.July 17, 2013
    Get the Angeleno. You won't be disappointed.
  • Elia P.
    Elia PachecoJuly 14, 2013
    It has a great environment. Best place to get away from all the busy Saturday night craziness and relax for a bit.
  • Ray C.
    Ray ChoiJuly 12, 2013
    If you love coffee, come here. Can't beat the ambiance.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJuly 4, 2013
    Fantastic coffee - I drink it all the time in Chicago - and really comfortable chairs. And free Wi-Fi.
  • Domanique A.
    Domanique AliciaMay 13, 2013
    No plugs for your mobile device. Sad day.
  • Joan A.
    Joan AngMarch 25, 2013
    Get the mocha if you have a sweet tooth! The chai latte is good too.
  • Jesse W.
    Jesse WatrousMarch 18, 2013
    Their Mocha is made with their house made Ganache, very Delish & the Rustic Apple Tart was tasty. Atmosphere is relaxed but the music is too loud, not enough seating outside. 3/5 Stars
  • Tess
    TessMarch 12, 2013
    Great place for coffee purists. You will love their passion for coffee. Pricy but quality coffee products. The only thing I don't like is the loud music they play but still a great place.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DelinMarch 8, 2013
    Since we have kids our date night becomes date morning with some crazy yummy coffee and food! Get home before the school bus!
  • Joe S.
    Joe SchmoeFebruary 23, 2013
    Soviet style soda? Yes please.
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GMFebruary 20, 2013
    Great single-origin pour-over, cappuccinos and hazelnut croissants. Don't expect a cup for less than $5, but drinks are fantastic and they stock Siggi's yogurt!
  • Peter L.
    Peter LadaJanuary 4, 2013
    I'd never return to this place because of the pretentious clientele. Yet I return because the espresso is great. You've been warned.
  • Iris N.
    Iris NgDecember 25, 2012
    The Geisha is light and smooth. $12 for 8 oz is a bit expensive in my opinion. Would make a good gift for coffee lovers, though!
  • samantha
    samanthaDecember 22, 2012
    In my humble opinion, Chai latte too sweet. I can't drink it.
  • Jacob E.
    Jacob ElstsDecember 6, 2012
    Awesome flights! Try the Angeleno too.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JansenNovember 28, 2012
    Good cup off coffee, if not awesome. Great place to sit a while.
  • jamie c.
    jamie colettaNovember 25, 2012
    No plugs for laptops at this location :(
  • Trukrr ..
    Trukrr .comNovember 5, 2012
    This location is cool because they also serve wine and premium beer
  • Trukrr ..
    Trukrr .comNovember 5, 2012
    "happy hour" is only $1 off beer and wine. Nothing special.
  • Trukrr ..
    Trukrr .comNovember 5, 2012
    Great place for meeting up with friends. Bar tables seat 6
  • Trukrr ..
    Trukrr .comNovember 5, 2012
    If you are looking for water
  • Sandro S.
    Sandro SolerSeptember 23, 2012
    pretty cool hipster place for coffee or a drink. Can get loud on a weekend night.
  • Flobo B.
    Flobo BoyceAugust 17, 2012
    5Bucks for a cup of coffee? No thanks, #hipsteroverload
  • Jack C.
    Jack CurryAugust 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They stopped serving food :-( RIP Chicken & Waffles, we hardly knew ye.
  • TOni S.
    TOni SuLJuly 20, 2012
    Best coffee hands down if you don't mind the long wait and fighting for an open seat.
  • Tony
    TonyJune 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The croissants here are so delicious
  • KCRW
    KCRWMay 15, 2012
    Bring the gourmet-iest of gourmet coffees home with you by Stopping into Intelligentsia and picking up some organic Fair-Trade beans. Bring your KCRW Fringe Benefits Card to sweeten the deal!
  • Farzin E.
    Farzin EApril 25, 2012
    Make sure to try the cappuccino! The best in town.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamApril 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The current +$ reserve coffee — the Takesi Bolivia — a good coffee. Not amazing, though. Don't get it just because it's expensive…like I did.
  • Z  E H Y.
    Z E H YoonApril 15, 2012
    Loud and noisy. Don't come if you are planning to talk with your friend.
  • Victoria L.
    Victoria LeeApril 15, 2012
    mocha has no hint of chocolate.. I don't know what I'm drinking.
  • Ben L.
    Ben LeeApril 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Angeleno is amazing
  • Rafaela F.
    Ambiente incrível! Espresso (torra clara) muito bom. Cole brew espetacular!
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