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Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

Map & Directions 55 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Bakery, Cafe, Coffeehouse
  • Sun 7am-0am, Mon-Wed 6am-10pm, Thu-Sat 6am-0am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Snack Food
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Not Accepted
  • Garage Parking, Metered Parking


LA Weekly's Description

The other two Intelligentsias in town are mere temples of the bean and its attendant aggressive attitude, but the Pasadena outlet doubles as sort of a hypercaffeinated café, a place where you can accompany a slowly dripped Kenyan with cured-meat plates, including Fra Mani salametti , as well as quite decent prosciutti cured in the restaurant's back room; bruschetta-style sandwiches made with Jidori chicken salad or halibut-confit salad; or planks of California cheeses. The great innovation here, from Heirloom L.A., may be the lasagna "cupcake" - sheets of pasta, pleated to maximize the oven-baked crunch, folded around a thick, gamy Colorado lamb ragu, a dish that violates every rule of Italian cooking but still manages to taste like something straight out of Ferrara.

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Tips from foursquare

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    LA Weekly's '10 Best Dishes of 2010' - Cappuccino!

  • LA Weekly on 03/25/11

    1 of the "10 Places to Get a Damn Good Cup of Coffee"!

  • Food & Wine on 04/21/11

    Low-key Intelligentsia is one of the most respected roasters in America and now has five cafes around the country.

  • Hemang on 08/04/10

    Ask for the special of the day, but their ice coffee is a safe choice for you to have on a hot pasadena afternoon!

  • Gene C. on 12/10/10

    Fight the Starbucks, enjoy a local coffee joint!

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