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30 Days of Coffee: Day 30

March 31, 2015

Day 30: Andante Coffee Roasters

Well it’s the final day of our journey. While it’s been fun and there are still many more coffee places to enjoy, I have much more to share.  I’m not going to lie, it took some serious dedication on my part to post almost every day this past month, but I did it, and I’m kinda proud of myself for sticking to it. Of course, there was some serious motivation in getting to try so many coffee shops in a relatively short time frame.  So now, here is this series’s last stop, Andandte.

Andante is located in mid-city near The Grove. The company has another location in Echo Park as well. They do their own roasting and from what I’ve tried, they do a mighty fine job at it!  Their beans, like many other roasters, come from farms all over the world.  When served in your drink of choice: pour over, espresso, or cold brew, you can tell that coffee is much more than a beverage here. It’s an art form.

There is a very minimalist approach to the setting inside of Andante.  A couple of community tables, and bar stools along the bar and the front window are the only elements of decor.  The high rise ceiling sits above bare walls and large windows.  All of the action and accents happen at the coffee bar, and personally I feel that’s where the attention should be.

There are a few tea options, and a refrigerator filled with Juice Served Here for coffee alternatives.  A display of fresh pastries sits next to the pour over station as an offered accompaniment.

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I went in this morning and ordered my usual latte.  There were no customers ahead of me so I got my drink pretty quickly.  I sat down and took the first sip, then literally paused.  The taste was something amazing that hasn’t happened in my mouth before.  I was inclined to take it slow and savor every sip of this treasure in my cup.  Once I finished I had to go and ask the baristas which type of coffee I was served, and without hesitation bought a bag to take home.  I could not have asked for a better first experience at Andante.  Considering that I had no idea where I was going to get coffee from today, and had randomly ended up there, I was more than pleasantly surprised.

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