Handsome Coffee launches online shop


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Downtown roaster and coffee shop Handsome Coffee Roasters is still in the works, with a hoped-for opening by the end of the year, but it just got easier to get your hands on some of its beans. Handsome launched its online shop last week, with a rotating roster of fresh beans (categorized under ‘Comfort’ -- the espresso, for example -- or ‘Adventure’ -- where you’ll find the Ruthagati). Each descriptor states origin, varietal and tasting notes, such as ‘nasturtium (flowers you can eat!), guava, cherry cola’ for the San Vicente coffee from Honduras.

Meanwhile, owners Tyler Wells, Chris Owens and Michael Phillips (all formerly of Intelligentsia) are transforming a former print shop on Mateo Street in the arts district (a hangar of a warehouse with bow truss ceilings and skylight) into a roasting-and-retail coffee mecca. As their 1956 Probat UG22 roaster makes its way from Belgium, where it has been restored, the trio are temporarily roasting at LA Mill in Alhambra.


Handsome Coffee’s Mateo Street home is currently occupied by the Handsome van, some La Marzocco machinery, bags of beans and a drum set -- but will be converted into a retail coffee bar, with seating and a view of the roasting works behind a glass wall, says Wells. ‘We just want to serve good coffee and customers to have the experience they want.’

Handsome Coffee also is available at Coffee Bar downtown, Cognoscenti at Proof Bakery in Atwater and Tiago in Hollywood.

582 Mateo St., Los Angeles, $4 for shipping.


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