This coffee bar, cafe, and bakery from co-owners Alex Novack and Erin Ritter debuted in Sierra Madre’s bucolic downtown in 2019. Their motto sets the tone: “Dare to be brilliant.” Syndicate’s coffee program certainly lives up to that goal, utilizing a silver, three-group Slayer, Unity coffee beans, and some of LA County’s most ambitious signature drinks. Regular offerings include the Bolt, a latte enriched with house-made dark caramel and garnished with chardonnay oak smoked sea salt. They serve seasonal drinks like the s’mores inspired Big Bear Mocha. Mood Ring is the barista’s choice “for the bold and adventurous.” Syndicate also whisks matcha, brews nitro iced tea, and produces a thoughtful food menu, including house-baked bagels and bread for sandwiches and toasts (including French toast), along with tantalizing pastries on display by the register.