Monday, June 22, 2015

Santa Monica's Lo/Cal, the Hipster Lifestyle West of the 405!

Recently Edible Skinny checked out the newest and hippest coffee spot in Santa Monica’s Pico District: Lo/Cal Coffeeand Market. 

Opening in late of 2014, Lo/Cal is a small minimalist café that’s so hipster you'll want to start buying all your music on vinyl (but in a good way… READ: focus on craft).

Lo/Cal focuses on the details of the experience, from the large like the giant California flag painted on their brick wall to the small such as the manager double checking on my Latte order for a friend because I had been in the week before and got an non-dairy Chai (now that’s the art of service). 

Cold brewed Stumptown coffee is prepared by steeping freshly roasted DTLA coffee in room temperature water for over 12 hours, and using a double filtration process to procure the end result: a complex, smooth and sweet, full-bodied brew with bright juiciness, low acidity and a long chocolate finish.  You can purchase a glass of cold brewed ($3.50) or a limited edition 64oz growler ($35 full, $20 for a refill).

For those looking for the ultimate caffeine fix they can get their cold brewed Nitro ($4); which injects nitrogen into the coffee giving it a luscious creamy Guinness like finish.  

And for something uniquely Lo/Cal but perhaps not as intense as a Nitro, another great option is their Honey Latte ($4.35).   It’s sweet and smooth without being sickly sucrose. 

For the perfect nibblet to compliment their coffee, Lo/Cal offers Honey Butter Biscuits, LA's first and only boutique biscuit bakery.  Since 2014 Honey Butter Biscuits’ golden brown crust have housed tender buttery flaky goodness inside that just begs for an organic strawberry jam or cinnamon honey butter pairing.   But if you don’t want to exert that much energy (in true southern fashion) you could try their The Boobazoo, the world’s first jam filled biscuit. 

So if you’re looking for the Hipster lifestyle West of the 405 Lo/Cal is the place to be. 

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