keys to a great cup of coffee:
awesome coffee, roasted locally if possible (handsome, etc)
I really like the aeropress. it's fun to use and the coffee is incredibly good and comes out fast.
try the clever -- it's like a V60 pour over, but you can choose when to release the water into the cup. makes delicious coffee.
Cognoscenti Coffee, which is in Proof Bakery in Atwater Village makes some of the best coffee I've had in Los Angeles. great traditional espresso drinks made to exacting standards. at the level of four barrel in SF. also If you like iced lattes, they nail it.
Thank you Single Origin for finally bringing snob-level coffee to the West Hollywood area. also the quiche at short cake is pretty damn good.
The approach at Handsome in DTLA is refreshing -- no cappuccinos or lattes or whatevers, just espresso with 3, 5, or 7 oz of milk. for brewed coffe they use a fetco luxus which surprised me a bit, but i think they throw it out every 15 minutes or so and rebrew. the dudes there will tell you everything you want to know about their process.
spring for coffee is really pretty great
i use the aeropress at home and grind with a kitchenaid. I'm going to get a clever. my coffee tastes awesome.
Reads like the writer just looked at city search from an apartment in new york to make this list.