There’s no question that downtown LA has undergone quite a transformation in recent years. It’s not surprising then that food and drink has followed suit. With “craft" mentality affecting all aspects of L.A. food and drink culture—whether it’s beer, cocktails, or cuisine—coffee was sure to follow. However, far from following, coffee culture has blazed the way for the new breed of eateries setting up shop.
Downtown has emerged as the hub for specialty coffee culture, with roasters setting up shop in the Arts District and independent shops dotting the city’s Historic Core, Fashion District, and Little Tokyo. The Standard set out on a caffeine-fueled fact-finding mission to sample the goods. We're happy to report back with ten perfect coffee drinks for those times you find yourself in need of that special fix.