My coffee of choice is Starbucks Caffe Verona, with TJ's Bay Blend a close second. Starbucks has recently decided to stop offering dark coffee in the afternoons, and the so-called "medium" roast they now sell is dreadful. My routine was to go in regularly to buy a pound of beans, which comes with the added bonus of a free brewed cup. Now that that free cup is something awful (unless I get there before 12) I'm ready to try something new, preferably with less of a corporate presence.
I've tried Intelligentsia, and I just don't get it. Their philosophy prevents them from offering a dark roast, and I find their roasts to be no better than, say, 7-11. Groundworks was a bit better, but still weak IMO.
I'm trying to find an indie coffee place where I can both buy dark roast beans, *and* get a brewed cup of dark roast. Any suggestions?
Bonus points for proximity to either Wilshire/Fairfax or Colorado/Cloverfield in Santa Monica.
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