Everything is in its right place at Mar Vista's most adequately hip coffee joint, where the beans and teas are organic, there is fresh fruit for those who abstain from refined sugar and the corkboard near the entrance is festooned with notices for guitar lessons and no-budget graphic design. The Stumptown Coffee Roasters espresso is on model as well-dense, terra cotta earthy and bitter. It's reasonably priced too, but as much a vector for alkaloids as flavor. For you maniacs, even small espresso drinks begin with a double shot. The daily drip is something of an also-ran in the coffee culture, but Venice Grind's brewed coffee distinguishes itself. The selections rotate daily and, when fresh, exhibit a balance of acid and roasted notes that are absent from the Pennzoil-inspired brews at Starbucks or Coffee Bean.
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