I'm a self-proclaimed coffee snob...probably from years of drinking coffee, working in the coffee sector, and actually working for a British commodities company..BUT..it's hard to find good coffee in L.A. I'm not talking about over-roasted and lower quality beans being passed off as quality simply because there's a cultural trend for it (you know who and what I'm talking about)...so Chowhounds, I'm throwing down the gauntlet:
Where are your favorite places in LA (from the Valley to downtown to the beaches and beyond) for coffee and why? Quality of beans, barista skills, latte art, self-roasting, ambience that makes you want to come back?
Bring it on,