Sunday, August 18, 2013

G&B Coffee at Grand Central Market

So, the coffee revolution in LA started with Starbucks and the Pete's came then we got our own Groundworks followed by Lamill, Intellegensia, on and on. Now we got Handsome and all these amazing bakeries that carry these incredible roasts from the Bay Area, etc. etc. etc. Now it's coming down to aesthetics, experience, community-vibe, and maybe most important, proximity.So two stops from work is Grand Central Market and there is now a very cool place to get coffee there, G&B, 324 S Hill St LA CA. I hooked up with writer-musician-visual artist-voice recognition software wonder Joseph Tepperman, aka Mooey Moobau and his faithful canine, G. I've since been back a lot, most recently, Thursday. There's counter space. There's a lot of table space adjacent to the counter. It's an awesome place to chill. I ordered the espresso, which is also served with this carbonated refresher. I've had the Americano which I love. Thursday, I just sat, sipped and read a book and did some drawings. All was good in the land of OZ.


jadtbfcass said...

I think the coffee in LA started with Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, which started in the early 1960s. There's also Gavina, and there's another roaster in the Venice area that have been around a long time. Zona Rosa in Pasadena opened up in the early 90s. Before then, there was a spot called Espresso Bar, the E-bar, in what was going to become Old Town Pasadena. I think it was one of the first coffee bars with music and "coffee culture" in the area. It was there before CB&TL, who were there before Starbucks. I don't know when it opened, but I first went in the late 80s or early 90s.

There was also Gorky's in downtown. Later, Bibbe Hansen had her place, which I forget the name of. It was in the old Atomic Cafe building.

There were also coffee houses long, long before, in the 1960s, which mostly vanished, and were on the westside and Santa Monica.

Ear Meal Webcast said...

Oh yes, Bibbe and Sean's place was called Troy's. I played there several times in the early 90's. They were awesome people. Sean lives in NY now.

I recently assisted filmmaker Rebecca Barron on an oral history project of Morrie Markowitz, whose daughter was the founder of Gorky's. That Markowitz family has an amazing history in LA.

Thanks for your input!!!