Blacktop – Los Angeles (US)

In L.A.’s vibrant arts district you can pick up a great cup of coffee to fuel your discovery of the area’s many galleries, markets and cool shops at Blacktop

  • opening times:
    Mo - Su: 7 - 19
  • wifi:
    No
  • urls:
    WebsiteTwitter
  • price check:
    Espresso: $3 / Flat White: $4
  • machine:
    La Marocco PB
  • coffees on offer:
    various espresso and filter roasts by Sightglass Coffee
  • milk:
    Straus
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One of the most exciting areas in Los Angeles undoubtedly is DTLA and the surrounding districts that have been revived, reclaimed and repopulated with creative businesses, great food, art, design and excellent coffee. The arts district in particular has witnessed an astonishing revival recently, adding craft beer breweries, galleries, shops and luxury housing to the area, which often stands in stark contrast to the city’s depressingly large population of homeless people.

Anthony prepping a coffee

Anthony prepping a coffee

Yet, there is little better than to go for a casual Saturday afternoon walk along E3rd street, checking out the district’s striking street art while sipping on a great cup of coffee courtesy of Blacktop. Blacktop was founded by¬†Anthony Lincoln, one of the co-founders of Handsome Coffee Roasters, which was famously purchased by Blue Bottle Coffee a few years ago in an attempt to break into the L.A. coffee scene.

Blacktop shares a space with Alchemy Works, a beautifully curated concept store that regularly changes its layout and inventory and Blacktop, at the time of our first visit, exclusively served Sightglass Coffee Roasters from San Francisco. The coffee bar itself is little more than a hole in the wall but it offers all of your classic coffee beverages including delicious nitro on tap, batch brews and every espresso-based drink you can think of.

View from the street

View from the street

L.A. sadly is somewhat of a concrete jungle, despite its breath-taking natural setting and the greenery outside Blacktop offers a nice bit of shade on a hot sunny day while also providing some much-need plant life in a city that often feels devoid of plants and animal life.

When deciding who to source his coffees from Anthony didn’t have to think for too long before settling on Sightglass. He said: “One of the decisive factors for me was whether I could build a long-lasting relationship with my coffee roaster and personal experience has taught me that this works much better with family-owned businesses because you’re simply more invested and generally care more.”

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