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After months of construction, the high-end Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea opened last night at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake. And it looks as if they’ve just barely managed to fling open the doors. At 9 this morning (they open at 6), the sleepy-headed neighborhood was out in force, ordering up caffe lattes with pretty patterned foam, espresso and coffee brewed cup by cup in a Clover machine. Outside on the shaded patio in front, yappy little dogs snarled under the tables while their owners got a caffeine fix. Inside, you can sit at stools along the marble counter, and shop for bags of the Chicago coffee roaster’s renowned direct-trade and organic beans.
Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, 3922 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; (323) 663-6173. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
-- S. Irene Virbila