Like zillions of other humanoids, I’m a coffee addict. And I’m fussy about my beans….not just any coffee will do. For maximum happiness, it must be a perfectly pulled Espresso culled from a rich organic roast, preferably with a smooth finish. If I’m opting for a Latte…. I want a good creamy foam and a sweet design on top. I could bore you with my preferences, or just move to Italy, but instead I’m gonna tell you where I found the perfect cup.
I was meeting a friend on Tujunga in Studio City and we were set to meet at Aroma, but it was packed, so we walked a block down the street and found perfection at the new Gelato Bar & Expresso Caffe. (okay, new to me, it’s been open a year or so). I innocently ordered and sat down. Joel Guttman, the owner was behind the counter and brought me one of the BEST espresso’s I’ve had in Los Angeles. Wow.
I came back the next morning. And I don’t live close by. I ordered a latte and was blown away. So ordered a feta cheese pie, which was home-made and super yummy. Then broke down and had a Gelato. I was a very happy girl.
In talking with Joel and Gail, the husband and wife team who co-own this piece of heaven, I found out they get the beans from Ecco, up in Sonoma County. Ecco is a small boutique roaster, known for its brilliant, fair-trade organic beans. They also have the very exclusive Synesso Cyncra machine to make the stuff. Since only a few places in LA have this machine… Intelligentsia, Caffe Luxxe… you get the drill, quality stuff, I was impressed!
But the real reason the place rocks is because these two really care about what they serve. Everything is of the highest quality. Made in small artisan batches…. their croissants are like the ones I find in Paris and their Gelato…. well, it’s simply divine. I know I’m gushing. But it’s rare to find such a cute place to hang, eat and be happy!
They are at 4342 1/2 Tujunga Blvd between Moorepark and Ventura in Studio City, open from 8-10 (11 on weekends). If you like coffee, check it out. Oh! And there’s free Wi-Fi too.