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Change is Brewing: Will L.A. Swallow the New Coffee 'Bar' Culture?

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Inside Intelligentsia, Venice (Photo by R.E.˜ via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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In the 1990s, coffeehouse culture found consumers embracing the $3 latte, loitering on mis-matched furniture in dimly-lit rooms where poets, artists, and, of course, writers, sat for hours nursing their espresso. Then came Starbucks, now a multi-national institution, and it holds to this day that, especially in Los Angeles, on any given day a location's tables are laden with the laptops of would-be screenwriters, bloggers, and college students, next to cooling cups of coffee.

The tides are turning, or shifting, to a new kind of cafe, though, says the New York Times. It's the Coffee Bar.

This is not your home office away from home, though. Here, stools at counters replace comfy chairs, and table tops with access to a plug. “It puts the emphasis on the coffee and the barista," explains Christian Geckeler of the website Man Seeking Coffee.