Roasting coffee is another important process in the coffee preparation. It is the process that transforms the chemical and physical properties of green coffee beans into roasted coffee products. Coffee roasting expands the green coffee beans to nearly double its original size and changes its color and density. Here are some top coffee roasters for multiple purposes.
Coffee beans can be roasted with ordinary kitchen equipment (frying pan, grill, oven, popcorn popper) or by specialized appliances. Around LA, there are a lot of coffee bar and roaster. This is due to the fact that a lot of coffee consumers are more particular with their coffee. Here is a list of the top 11 Best Coffee Roasters around LA according to Zagat.com’s Lesley Balla.
11 Top Coffee Roasters around LA
Handsome Coffee Roasters (582 Mateo St.; 213-621-4194)
The minimalist, chic space filled with the ultra-cool and hip, offers one great cup of coffee. Sure, the founders – Intelligentsia alums Tyler Wells, (world Barista Champion) Michael Philips and Chris Owens – make you drink it their way (i.e. no sugar), but they have their reasons. Mostly because they’re very specific about the beans they source and how they roast to enhance the most subtle qualities of the coffee. They roast on the spot, with the Probate roaster as much an art piece to the space as necessary equipment.
Description of each of their coffees read like wines: The Finca La Bolsa has “lemon candy and caramel aroma…flavors of Clementine, chocolate, brown sugar and graham…finishes with cocoa.” Handsome is growing quickly. You’ll find their beans at coffee bars across town, including Cognoscenti, Fix Coffee and the Market on Holly in Pasadena.
Jones Coffee Roasters (693 S. Raymond Ave.; 626-564-9291)
The Jonas Coffee Roasters Pasadena outfit has been roasting and imported premium coffees since 1994, but the family has been in the coffee business since the 1800s. In addition to beans sourced from around the globe, Jones prides itself on coffee from the family farm, Finca Dos Marias in the Guatemala highlands. The Arabica varietals are known for smooth coffee with spicy, cinnamon undertones (the most popular blend is the Chuck Roast, named for Chuck Jones, co-founder of the company). The coffee house regularly hosts art openings, live music and weekly food truck gatherings.
Having started in Chicago in 1995, Intelligentsia now has coffee shops in the Midwest, Los Angeles and New York. Doug Zell opened the West Coast roasting facility Glassell Park so that whenever the company expanded, especially here, freshly roasted coffee would be closer to its destinations. There are three shops around the greater LA area: the first in Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction, in Pasadena’s Old Town, and on Abbot Kinney in Venice. And you can find the brews at top restaurants and other coffees hops as well. You get a mere nine months from the time the beans are harvested, single-origin coffees, blends and the Black Cat espresso.
Lord Windsor Roasters (1101 E. 3rd St.; 562-901-2111)
The motto for Wade and Lindsay Ries Windsor’s new company (opened in April 2012) is “do it right, roast it light.” They roast beans from El Salvador, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Guatemala on site at their comfortable Long Beach space, and rotate in new blends and flavors weekly for the pour-over coffee and espresso drinks.
LAMILL (1636 Silver Lake Blvd.; 323-663-4441)
Craig Min, who’s been obsessed with coffee since he was a tween, took over his father’s coffee company in 1998 and began to approach high-end restaurants like Bastide and Providence to sell his blends and locally roasted beans. The Alhambra-based company is full of true coffee zealots, completely obsessed with bringing the finest coffees to our cups. They source single-origin beans from the “Bean Belt,” locations from around the globe that sit between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.
Their Ethiopian coffee has a bit of sweetness, and the Colombian has fruity complexity and a wine-like finish. But those are just generalizations – go into the Silver Lake “coffee boutique” to hear one of the baristas geeks on what you’re drinking, tasting and how best to have it (Chemex, Eva Solo, French Press, Clover). Even the water was formulated to produce a precise balance of minerals and solids for “ideal extraction.”
Cafe Demitasse (135 S. San Pedro St.; 213-613-9300)
Boback Roshan, owner of the fun very coffee-focused Little Tokyo cafe, teamed up with Greg Thomas from Trystero. An Atwater Village “nano-roaster”, to roast their own coffee. They’re currently roasting beans sourced from Columbia, Ethiopia and Sumatra in super small batches in a downtown warehouse. But hope to find a roaster-retail space soon. The Something Wicked This Way Comes espresso blend is a combination of Guatemalan and Ethiopian beans. And has “chocolate tannin, nectarine and honey” flavors.
Since opening the first coffeehouse in Santa Monica in 2006, owners Gary Chau and Mark Wain have finally embarked on roasting their own beans. The Italian-style espresso – rich, thick and dark with subtle chocolate and caramel notes – is now roasted in a South Bay facility
. And sells it at all three shops plus wholesale.
Iota (528 S. Western Ave.; 213-568-3700)
The Koreatown Best Coffee Roasters features two top-of-the-line roasters for coffees from seasonal micro-lots and small producers from around the globe. Eton Tsuno, who’s in charge of the java, became fascinated with coffee. From the time he was a teenage barista at Coffee Bean to working at Groundwork Coffee and as “coffee savant” at LAMILL.
This Inland Empire company has been buying only the top 1% of coffee beans available since 1993. Roasting them in small batches and selling wholesale to restaurants and shops around Southern California. Roastmaster Mike Perry (pictured on a coffee trip to Uganda) blends a background in chemical engineering with a love for great coffee. To balance science and artistry in achieving the perfect cup – his awards include Roast magazine’s Micro-Roaster of the Year and World’s Best Espresso (World Barista Championships 2007). There are several Klatch coffee houses in the IE. But a new counter just opened in Terminal 7 at LAX where you can get their coffee and espresso drinks.
From La Canada Flintridge, Forge hand-roasts high-quality raw green beans weekly, and delivers direct to you within days of being roasted. Like most third-wavers, the single origin beans are sourced from sustainable farms. You can find Forge’s whole beans and brewed coffee at the Silver Lake farmers market at Sunset Junction on Tuesday from 2-7 PM. And at the La Canada farmers market on Saturdays from 8 AM-1 PM.
Comprised of coffee experts from places like Intelligentsia, Seattle’s Victrola Coffee, Ritual Coffee and Stumptown, you know Tonx is the real deal. Their philosophy is that you can make just as good a cup of coffee at home as any you can get out, granted you have the right equipment, knowledge and beans. But that’s where they come in. The single-origin beans are sourced from around the globe, roasted in their facility and shipped to you.
If you are far away from any of these coffee shops and roasters, do not worry. There are a lot of coffee roasting machines available now to be used as one of our kitchen equipment. So for sure, you will be enjoying your coffee, freshly roasted and grounded should you like it that way with the Best Coffee Roasters.
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