Balconi Coffee Company

June 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Are you a coffee person?”, asked the barista.

Would I dare say no? The first few weeks since I moved to SoCal, I’ve been drinking lattes everyday. It is a bad habit of some sort. Perhaps a distraction to keep sanity line at bay. Mad kitchen hours and late nights. Recently, I’ve been reading and even writing reviews on Yelp! For anyone visiting a new city, that website might just be your new best friend. It tells you everything you need to know about the food, from the service to the garnish on the plate. Pretty epic. Balconi was introduced from getting fantastic reviews.

Stepping into the cafe this morning, I didn’t expect much of this place apart that I know they take pride on their coffee. Must I add, a lot of pride, which I truly respect. Looking at the list of varieties, there were only three grounds for Siphon coffee. I chose the Guatemala el calmen estate. Press. Brew. Drip. Sip. Smell. Ponder. I was adviced not to pour in the tiny oz of milk but to enjoy the taste of it. The dark brew had a subtle note of grapefruit, light carob, sweet and medium-bodied. Albeit, it was a delicate cup, served with a piece of raisin butter cookie.

The atmosphere of this place is so relaxing. Unpretentious and humble setting of a bar with several stools facing the coffee machine, so customers can be entertained by the brilliant Siphone vacuum pots and presses. Artistic paintings and drawings from the local/international scene, plus occasional music at night. The next brew, certainly, won’t be the same. My cup remained black until the very last two sips, which i then gently tilted in some soy milk. Savoring every essence of the lovely brew.

Barista Company Coffee

11301 W. Olympic Blvd #124
Los Angeles, CA, 90064
M-Sun 10a-10p

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