coffee diaries | the source cafe

Since landing in Los Angeles I have been carefully mapping out local cafes, in pursuit of my very first West Coast edition of the coffee diaries. There are still a few cafes to go, but my inaugural California flat white was at The Source Cafe in Hermosa Beach  - a dream to photograph with its breezy, open ambience. The menu looked divine, too - can't say I tried it, though. I was a little intimidated and scared off when the woman before me spent $59 on a bunch of cold-pressed juices. I had my eye on the 'morning glory' breakfast bowl, a definite for next time...the food is presented beautifully, all fresh options with an emphasis on health.

I don't think I am alone in thinking it is a destination. It was brimming with customers of all kinds - couples with little babies ordering vegan, girls on catch-up coffee dates, slender lululemon-clad women fresh out the yoga studio for a post-bikram juice stop. I was delighted with the bright, airy al-fresco seating. Each table was topped with a fresh hydrangea clipping - the perfect touch. I ordered an 8oz latte with skim milk; for not having coffee all week, it left me feeling absolutely rejuvenated and energized. Moreover, the staff was superb; I like to make a note of barista talent and man, did the gentleman behind this latte go above and beyond or what!? Gorgeous. If only this place was on the East Coast. In other words, I mightttt be back here tomorrow.

notes from the coffee diary:

- dark notes (especially in the foam)

- appealing linger

- a touch of spice

- serious smoky undertones; dark

- Brazilian, Ethiopian, Indonesian blend

- 8 oz left me feeling energized, not jittery

- incredibly talented staff; cool, relaxed, sunny vibes inside.

The Source Hermosa Beach

509 Pier Ave

Hermosa Beach, CA