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The Best Los Angeles Specialty Coffee Roasters in 2024

It’s no surprise that uber-cool Los Angeles has one of the best specialty coffee scenes in the whole of the US. But with all the choice, it’s difficult to know just who the best coffee roasters are.

In no particular order, we’ve put together a list of our seven favorite coffee roasters roasting the best coffee beans in Los Angeles. We provide you with a little background on each roaster along with what they have to offer this year.


Alana’s Coffee Roasters was founded in 2017 by Eric Stogsdill and Erin Ward. Stogsdill has over ten years’ experience in coffee, starting out as a home roaster selling his coffee at farmers’ markets around Los Angeles. Ward is equally passionate about coffee and has helped put together the capital and people necessary to open the cafe.

Alana’s coffee is meticulously roasted on-site in small batches. Their coffee is grown sustainably and sourced responsibly, and they import directly from several of their farmers. Alana’s is a welcoming and beautifully decorated space, where patrons can enjoy good company and entertainment, and even better coffee.

Located at 12511 Venice Boulevard, Alana’s is a community-centered coffee shop. They provide a space for local creatives, professionals, and families to relax and socialize over a cup of coffee, and in summer they do movie nights, karaoke, open mics, and other community events.

On Alana’s website, you’ll find a nice range of coffee from the major coffee-producing continents that run along the coffee bean belt: Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Prices start from $20 for a 1lb bag of coffee that comes as whole bean or ground. There’s a choice of blends, single origins and a decaf for those that prefer coffee with lower levels of caffeine, and there’s also a French roast for those keen on dark roasted coffee.
Pack sizes1lb
Bag priceFrom $20
Whole bean & ground?Both
Subscription service?No


Demitasse is a coffee roasters and cafe chain opened in 2011. Founder and owner Bobak “Bobby” Roshan transitioned to the coffee business after working in politics and law, and he’s found considerable success in his new field.

Demitasse trades directly with their farmers in Central and South America, and they work with trusted, responsible importers to source coffees from Africa and Southeast Asia.

Currently operating three locations, Demitasse coffee is also served and sold in a growing number of cafes, restaurants, and markets around Los Angeles.

Their first location is in Little Tokyo, at 135 San Pedro Street. The second is in Santa Monica, at 1149 3rd Street. Their newest location is in Hollywood, at 6363 Wilshire Boulevard.

The cafe features a seasonal gourmet food menu, and fine wines and local beers. It also has a Probat roaster on display, on which Demitasse roasts their coffee twice a week.

The Demitasse website stocks a small range of coffees that include a number of different blends, single origins, and decaf. The team has even developed a special blend for making delicious cold brew coffee.

If you can’t decide which coffee to choose, try the sample pack of four 6oz bags. This is a great way to compare and contrast coffees by cupping at home.

Demitasse has also teamed with Sudden Coffee to produce an instant coffee made with specialty-grade coffee. This is excellent for those times on the road that you need great coffee but don’t have all the equipment to hand.

Prices start from $17 for a 12oz bag of coffee that comes as whole bean or ground to suit a range of the best coffee makers. The company also offers a subscription service to ensure that you never run out of coffee. Select to receive coffee roasted for espresso or a random selection from the head roaster.
Pack sizes12oz / 1lb
Bag priceFrom $17
Whole bean & ground?Both
Subscription service?Yes


Cognoscenti started out in 2009 as a pop-up shop, operating out of Proof Bakery and Scoops Ice Cream. In 2012, founder Yeekai Lim partnered with Proof founder Na Young Ma to open the first brick-and-mortar Cognoscenti location in Culver City.

They have since opened two more outlets at 868 South Olive Street and a roastery and cafe at 1118 San Julian Street, both in Downtown Los Angeles. Cognoscenti is not only a successful business but one of the few minority-owned specialty coffee roasters in LA.

Cognoscenti roasts single origin coffees only, sourced responsibly and sustainably from top coffee-producing countries such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda.

Their coffees are sold on their website and also served and sold at any of their three locations. Prices online start at $20 for a 12oz bag of whole bean coffee only, so make sure you have a good burr grinder. If you feel that you can’t decide, opt for a bag of the Staff Favourite to ensure you get the most delicious and most interesting coffee available that week.
Pack sizes12oz
Bag priceFrom $20
Whole bean & ground?Whole bean only
Subscription service?No


LAMILL was one of the very first specialty coffee roasters to open in Los Angeles. Having started out in the mid-’90s, the company’s current incarnation was born in 1999, when owner Craig Min took over his father’s company and renamed it.

They currently operate two coffee shops, one at 1636 Silver Lake Boulevard and one in Los Angeles Airport. Their coffee is also sold or served in more than 300 locations across the US, as well as several other countries around the world.

LAMILL offers an impressive range of coffees on their website. These include a wide variety of both blends and single origins sourced from Latin America and Africa. The blends even include ones developed for use with drip coffee makers, too.

The company has also teamed up with Steeped Coffee to produce a specialty-grade single-serve coffee bags. These work much the same as tea bags, which is great for pure convenience.

Prices start from $14 for a 12oz bag of coffee that is available as both whole bean or ground. Something we really like is the discounted subscription service that starts from $13.50. So often, roasters charge a premium for their subscriptions which seems an odd way to deal with loyal customers.

The service is one of the most flexible on our list, with all of the coffees available to purchase through the subscription. Simply select the quantity of bags you want to receive and whether you prefer weekly, fortnightly, three-weekly, four-weekly.
Pack sizes12oz / 5lb
Bag priceFrom $14
Whole bean & ground?Both
Subscription service?Yes


Portola is an award-winning specialty coffee roasters and cafe chain established in 2011. It is co-owned by husband and wife Jeff and Christa Duggan.

Jeff Duggan, a scientist with a background in math and chemistry, oversees Portola’s roasting to ensure superior quality and consistency. Portola currently runs six locations in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Portola takes great care not only in roasting their coffee but also in sourcing. They pride themselves on being direct trade only, cultivating personal relationships with their farmers.

They are committed to paying a minimum of 25 percent above Fair Trade prices, often exceeding that figure to pay 50 percent extra to ensure quality and sustainability. They offer a number of blends and single origins from South America and Africa, available on their website and at any of their shops.

Prices start from $15.95 for a 12oz bag of whole bean coffee. Portola also offers a subscription service so that you can receive coffee either fortnightly or monthly. Simply select your frequency and your preferred choice of coffee, and the coffee will be delivered to your front door.
Pack sizes12oz / 5lb
Bag priceFrom $15.95
Whole bean & ground?Whole bean only
Subscription service?Yes

Go Get Em Tiger

Go Get Em Tiger (GGET) developed out of G&B Coffee, a downtown Los Angeles cafe owned by Charles Babinski and Kyle Glanville. The two co-owners have a long history in the coffee trade. They have worked for some of the biggest names in the industry and each holds a US Barista Championship title.

GGET began as a ‘multiroaster’, serving and selling coffees by a number of outside roasters. However, they soon outgrew their roasters’ capacities, and in 2018, they began roasting their own coffee. Roasting now takes place at their 16,000-square-foot facility and headquarters in Vernon, using both a Mill City Roaster and a Probat roaster.

The duo has enjoyed incredible success. currently operating a total of ten locations in the Los Angeles area.

GGET offers a seasonally rotating variety of coffees. Currently on offer are single-origins from Colombia, Peru, and Ethiopia, as well as one blend and one decaf. These can be purchased online, at G&B, or at any of the GGET cafes.

Prices for GGET coffee starts from $17.50 for a 12oz bag of whole bean coffee. The company also offers a subscription service named the @Home Club.

You can select up to four bags of coffee to be delivered weekly, fortnightly, or every four weeks. And if you ever find yourself running short, getting an extra dose is just a text or email away.
Pack sizes12oz
Bag priceFrom $17.50
Whole bean & ground?Whole bean only
Subscription service?Yes

Bar Nine

Bar Nine is a specialty coffee roaster, retailer, and cafe. They opened their roastery in 2013, and their cafe a year later in 2014. Both the roastery and cafe operate at 3515 Helms Avenue in Culver City.

Bar Nine is co-owned by Zayde Naquib, who has many years of experience in coffee and retail, alongside Jereme Pitts, a community-minded entrepreneur.

Besides their commitment to excellent coffee and customer experience, Bar Nine also strives to run on a green, sustainable model. Some ways in which this is done are using solar power, using recyclable bags for their retail and wholesale products, and implementing a glass takeaway jar program.

For the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, Bar Nine is offering a smaller coffee selection, which is available online or at their cafe. This includes two house blends, a decaf, and a mystery blend. They also sell ice-brews by the 1/2 gallon, and 64oz lattes, available for pick-up only.

Prices on the website start from $14 for an 8.8oz (250g) bag of coffee that comes as whole bean or ground. If you find that the selection is a little limited at the moment, take advantage of the Odyssey subscription. The Odyssey coffees are for the more adventurous and who enjoy discovering all that the world of coffee has to offer.
Pack sizes8.8oz / 2.2lb / 5lb
Bag priceFrom $14
Whole bean & ground?Both
Subscription service?Yes

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