Intelligentsia in Pasadena opens tomorrow


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It’s official: The newest L.A.-area Intelligentsia Coffeebar is set to open tomorrow morning on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. The light-filled space, painted in bright blue, will serve not only coffee and pastries but also a roster of dishes at lunch and dinner from chef Matthew Poley’s catering company Heirloom-LA. There also eventually will be beer (four taps and plenty of hoppy stuff in bottles) and wine (a list curated by Covell general manager Matthew Kaner).

Mass Architecture transformed what once was a Wok ‘n’ Roll (in a 19th-century building) into a space that features exposed brick walls, a coffee counter made with reclaimed wood, church pews from Illinois, both high and low tables, strung lights and a couple of three-group Synesso machines. Michael Phillips, the 2010 World Barista Champion and Intelligentsia’s director of education, has been training the staff. ‘It’s a crack team,’ he says. ‘They’re ready.’


55 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, Twitter @intellipasadena.

-- Betty Hallock

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Photos by Betty Hallock