Stumptown: LA Roastery
I don't really have much to say about this Stumptown Roastery other than what will be obvious if you visit the location (or even what I could try and capture in the pictures): it is beautiful and big and impressive. The high ceiling, clean color patterns of black and tan, and the big windows looking in to the roastery itself, let you know that Stumptown has a lot of money, and they used a lot of money on this location in Los Angeles. I find it endearing that the superiority of the Pacific Northwest coffee would find their way into the Arts District of LA--on their opening day when I visited I even noted to a barista that I was happy they came to LA and he smirked and said nothing else. I am also thankful that it is around the corner from my absolute favorite restaurant, Bestia. Other than that, I have been to this location three times hoping for good espresso and every time it has tasted muddy and bitter. Keep it up, Stumptown! Maybe spend more time on training your baristas to make espresso than how to dress like hipsters... *zing*.
Recommend: The Arts District is becoming very popular for coffee, awesome restaurants, and other cool projects. Maybe don't wander the streets, but there is a lot to see in this small and seemingly-dingy area. Go around the corner from Stumptown if you are there towards the evening and have dinner at Bestia! It's the Best...ia.
Note: Outdoor seating, rooms for coffee cupping, impressively strange donuts.
Vibe: Snobbery, clean, money
Espresso Rating: 6/10
Overall Rating: 6.5/10
Hours: 7am-7pm everyday
Location: 806 S Santa Fe Los Angeles, CA 90021