Reviews of Intelligentsia Coffee (Venice, CA)
Just had my first coffee in the US this trip... was quite good in fact I could even stretch that to great. I just need to remember to order a cappuccino which is in a standard size cup because they serve their latte's in a bucket! Next time I'm here I'm going to ask for it in a glass the way it's meant to be served.
A very popular Aussie-esq. café with a cool vibe in a terrific location in Venice, CA. Long lines and many returning regulars built up expectations highly. Sadly the end result once the espresso was acquired was..... Average. Typical poor treatment of the extraction and with the latte, the usual poor or lack of interest in the milk so often found in the USA. I put thus down to a poor quality barista. Such a disappointment after the strong reviews and high expectations.
Hands down best coffee in LA are. Unique experience - wait in line for the next available barista and have them prepare your drink in front of you (conveniently near the tip jar). Both filter and espresso options available. Aussies may be a bit confused by the naming conventions... macchiato = piccolo, cappucino = 8oz flat white, latte = 10 or 12 oz fw... just tell the barista how you want it really.
A two week old review but had to report that yes,went to Intelligensia.Eye to detail is amazing,the baristas were not as friendly as ours in most cafes in Melbourne but great coffee ,nice atmosphere and definitely worth a visit ,Just to say you have experienced it. Had a couple of nice lattees the f first one was better than the second but still both great coffees ,just a good place to hang for the views of what is happening around you and certainly if you want to see interesting people ,they are all here!