Taza. A social coffee house
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1. TAZA. A social coffee house. 11 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007 (Arcadia)

Deep in the San Gabriel Valley, Taza is outfitted with all the things that make a coffee shop cooler than cool: skateboards hanging from the wall, reclaimed wood, and a mural (this one in particular is a riff on "American Gothic.") The coffee is consistently good, and though the menu changes often, you can always expect a lineup of classic lattes, sweet and savory pastries (kimchi Spam croissant, say what?), and donuts.

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2. Caffe Luxxe 11975 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood, CA 90049

With handcrafted artisanal espresso, single origin brewed coffee, and organic teas, this upscale shop is bringing European caffe culture to the West Coast.

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3. Coffee Commissary 3121 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

The Burbank outpost of LA mini-chain Coffee Commissary is outfitted with a full kitchen, meaning that besides coffee any way you want it, the menu includes breakfast and lunch dishes like breakfast burritos, fried chicken sandwiches, and kale salad. The cafe features a rotating selection of West Coast roasters, so you'll find anything from Coava to Madcap Coffee on offer.

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4. 10 Speed Coffee 23504 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Small-batch roasting allows this small coffee chain to achieve fresh, quality cups that pack a flavorful punch. In addition to being in the java business, the guys at 10 Speed are loyal cycling fans and the official coffee sponsor of the Amgen Tour of California.

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5. Endorffeine 727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Helmed by a bonafide coffee scientist, Endorffeine is a third-wave coffee bar in Chinatown equipped with a stainless steel Modbar. Expect outrageously strong espresso and pour-over coffee, plus speciality drinks like iced lattes with palm-sugar whiskey and vanilla pandan.

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6. Cognoscenti Coffee 6114 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Before opening his first solo spot, Cognoscenti Coffee's owner earned his bones with pop-up coffee bars around the city. The barista-in-charge is also an architect, and he built a beautiful indoor-outdoor space complete with colorful chairs and a wise owl logo. Cog’s countertop coffee line-up changes depending on the season, though Seattle’s Kuma and San Franciso’s Ritual make frequent appearances.

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7. G&B Coffee at Grand Central C-19, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Inside DTLA's Grand Central Market, G&B's coffee bar stall is helmed by baristas who take a calculated but fun approach to espresso. Aside from supplying your regular caffeine fixes, G&B whips up speciality drinks like house-made chai and an eponymous shake made with vanilla ice cream, two shots of espresso, and whole milk. There's also a small but mighty selection of yeast waffles topped with maple syrup, ricotta, or house-made jam.

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8. Found Coffee 1355 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Serving speciality tea, locally-sourced coffee, and pastries, Found Coffee is a casual, vibrant cafe dedicated to providing a space for customers to relax and socialize. This coffee shop also boasts plenty of parking and seating.

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9. Woodcat Coffee Bar 1532 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

This quiet and chill coffee shop in the heart of Echo Park gets its name from the song "Woodcat" by the British band Tunng -- and the Scottish word for hare, which explains the shop's rabbit-eared logo. Woodcat partners with Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, Sugarbloom Bakery, and Sugarbird Sweets & Teas to deliver expertly roasted coffee and daily-made pastries.

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10. Scapegoat 27 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

At this Hermosa Beach hideaway, customers can enjoy a Stumptown Coffee or Madcap Roasters cold brew nitro or detoxifying juice. This small cafe has no chairs or tables, so everything is takeout.

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11. Café de Leche 5000 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

A favorite of WTF host/comedian Marc Maron, this Highland Park staple brews Stumptown Coffee and serves speciality lattes. The horchata espresso is a must have.

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12. Tiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen 7080 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Situated on Hollywood Boulevard amid dozens of tourist traps, Tiago's is an oddly quiet cafe with outdoor seating, lots of art, and great breakfast and lunch selections.

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13. Document Coffee Bar 3850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

This former art gallery is known among locals for their Document Cold Brew, which is made with maple syrup. The cafe also offers espresso drinks, pour-overs, and Kyoto-style slow-drop coffee.

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14. Go Get Em Tiger 230 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

The pastries? Great. Indoor seating? Also great. Hand-painted astronaut who looks like he’s floating across the wall? Yup, great. The greatest great though? The Full Nelson, a flight of coffee drinks named after one of the shop's regulars that includes an espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, and that phenomenal G&B shake.

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15. Lord Windsor Roasters 1101 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802

Lord Windsor's passion for coffee and the community is evident with its farm-to-cup, small-batch roasted coffee and bottled cold brews that can be taken to go.

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16. Copa Vida 70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Pasadena)

Pasadena has seen its fair share of coffee shops over the years, but Copa Vida in Old Pasadena stands out for its multi-faceted approach to cafe culture. The shop puts an emphasis on West Coast roasters, so single-origin coffee from industry leaders like Ritual, Verve, and 49th Parallel are usually on tap, and there's an extensive selection of steeped-leaf tea. Copa Vida bakes pastries in-house, and it has a full breakfast and lunch menu featuring breakfast burritos, three-cheese sandwiches, and eggs-any-way.

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17. Espresso Cielo 3101 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

On the border of Santa Monica and Venice, Espresso Cielo serves European-style coffee drinks plus third-wave creations, like a Blue Bottle-inspired Gibaltrar (a double shot of espresso with lightly-steamed milk). The shop partnered with nearby Hotcakes Bakes to serve a rotating food menu of quiche, macarons, and other pastries.

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18. Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea 3922 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Silverlake)

The dream team that opened this Sunset Junction coffee bar in 2007 has long since disbanded, but Intelligentsia’s first LA branch remains a juggernaut. The coffee is roasted in nearby Glassell Park, and the quality remains strong given the high volume. The signature Angeleno beverage? A popular-as-ever quadruple shot of espresso shaken with milk, agave, and ice.

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19. Tierra Mia Coffee 4914 Firestone Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280

Tierra Mia Coffee is a small chain with locations in LA and the Bay Area. The menu features handcrafted brews, baked goods, and south-of-the-border inspired signature drinks. The mocha Mexicana, horchata latte, and mojito mint tea lemonade are customer favorites.

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20. Red Window Coffee 12953 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Red Window Coffee is exactly that—a small window attached to a kiosk. This very hole-in-the-wall, walk-up cafe sells Blue Bottle coffee alongside speciality brews.

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21. Menotti’s Coffee Stop 56 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

Christopher "Nicely" Abel Alameda, a seasoned barista who's clocked time behind some of Seattle and LA’s best coffee bars, runs this quick-grab cafe that's within shouting distance of Venice Beach’s drum circles. Nicely is a two-time winner of the Latte Art World Championship, so you better believe his Four Barrel Coffee drinks are topped with intricate foam designs.

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22. Verve Coffee Roasters 8925 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This airy, Santa Cruz-based cafe "bridges the gap from farm level to street level" with cold-brew, cold-pressed, and probiotic drinks, along with sweets from Short Cake and salads from Belcampo Meat Co.