Caffeine fix: CoffeeBar opens on Spring Street
The coffee options for loft dwellers on Spring Street have expanded with the opening of CoffeeBar, a 2,000-square-foot cafe that debuted last week just a couple of doors down from downtown favorite Spring for Coffee.
Owners Michael Leko and Will Shamlian are the partners behind Spring Street Bar on the same block and Library Bar and the forthcoming Pizzeria Urbano at 6th and Hope streets. CoffeeBar's design seems to take more than one cue from the three Intelligentsia shops in L.A., with a large central barista station, both communal seating and cafe tables, and blue tile and metalwork accents. Besides a Synesso three-group espresso machine, there's an $18,000 Slayer -- the new Seattle-built machine introduced last year -- that I've yet to see in use at CoffeeBar.
There's also a pourover bar. Beans come from a rotating roster of roasters: Vivace and Vita from Seattle and Noble Coffee Roasting from Ashland, Ore., for example. According to Downtown News, CoffeeBar consultant Jared Mockli avoided sourcing the same beans that Spring for Coffee carries.
"They're the friendly competition," says one Spring for Coffee barista.
-- Betty Hallock
CoffeeBar, 600 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, www.coffeebarla.com; Spring for Coffee, 548 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, www.springforcoffee.com.
Photos: Betty Hallock / Los Angeles Times