Bar Nine Coffee - LA

Bar Nine Coffee is perhaps my favorite coffee establishment in LA - bar none (sorry, I had to.  Okay maybe I didn't, but thanks for letting me.)

I think the most shocking and refreshing element is simple: liberty of space.  And with this unique element in mind, I think the designers were wise not to abuse such a rarity in Los Angeles.  

The shop was scarce but warm, there were basic tones but a close attention to detail.  There was an elegance to how your pastry and coffee were served and even to how it was made. 

The espresso machine, built beneath the counter, resulted in all purging and tinkering kept to a minimum and the usual boisterous process seemed seemless. 

All focus was on the coffee, specifically on the origin of coffee. And each day the origin switched out; Tuesday- Ethiopia,  Wednesday - Guatemala, Thursday - Costa Rica. 

A trip around the world.  

Now that's my kind of work week.  

Mugs Up, 

The Coffee Nomad

ps. Word from the street (one of my Instagram followers @leanwnks) says they make a mean house made hazelnut milk) 

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Barça Bound

It has been several years since I studied abroad in Barca as a junior in college for a semester. I knew I'd come back some day to the same city I fell deeply in love with and can't believe today is the day!  (Today around 2:30am PCT to be exact 😱) 

I made amazing local friends while living there and so I will be staying with them. My dearest friend I made was via an "intercambio" or a language exchange. We met up for coffee or several cervezas (to help loosen the tongue of course) and alternated speaking in our native tongues; 30 minutes of slow broken down English and then 30 minutes of Spanish with extreme patience.

Not only did I truly felt confident and gained fluency in a language, but I was let in on this entire seperate world then what my friends had experienced abroad. Stepping out of my comfort zone allowed me to peel back layers of Barcelona and eat, talk and breathe as the locals did. 

Of course, years passed, and my Spanish is not where it was and my confidence is lacking. But even more of a reason to get back out there - out of my comfort zone.  

And this time around I also have a new vehicle to really dive deep into Barcelona - the coffee culture. And that's why this nomad is #BARCABOUND 

I have reached out to several coffee spots and can't wait to meet the people behind the coffee and share their stories.  

Many people presume that because Europe has been doing better coffee longer that they are spearheading parts of Third Wave coffee. But truthfully third wave coffee is fairly new to them as well.  

However, it won't surprise be should I find the next big thing in coffee in one of the best cities in the world.  

I guess there is only one way to find out. ;) 

Mugs Up,

The Coffee Nomad