Since its Chicago opening in 1995, Intelligentsia has continued to consistently prepare rich, smooth, espressos and freshly-brewed coffee, landing them on most “best of coffee” lists across notable newspapers, magazines, and the web.
They now have three locations in Los Angeles – at Silver Lake, Venice, and Pasadena. Pictured here is a latte and a cappucino from the Pasadena location.
With a wood and brick decor, and simple, exposed lights strung from a high ceiling, Intelligentsia (Pasadena) has an atmosphere that is both hip and warmly relaxing. While it might be a bit of a wait, the care that the baristas put in each cup ensure quality and consistency of every drink. Bonus points for engaging in direct trade sourcing of their coffee beans with their farmers.