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How to Observe National Coffee Day in L.A.

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If the smell of brewing java stirs your senses and your soul, or if you've just come to count on that necessary jolt to get your day going, your love and/or addiction is justified on September 29 each year with the observance of National Coffee Day.

While it is the chance for major retailers to give out free cups of (sloppy) Joe, it's easy to keep it classy in Los Angeles these days thanks to our percolating artisanal coffee culture. From Downtown to Santa Monica, boutique coffee shops specializing in small-batch roasts, cold brews and pour overs, along with other coffee trends and styles, can get you adequately caffeinated via carefully cups of coffee you'll truly enjoy sipping.

No disrespect to the ol' diner mug of murkiness, the multinational ubiquitous chains, or your home kitchen Mr. Coffee. We advise observing National Coffee Day in L.A. in the city's best coffee shops. Our picks: Handsome Coffee Roasters, Coffee Commissary, Scoops Westside, Intelligentsia (Silver Lake, Venice, & Pasadena), Single Origin, Bru, Lamill, and Proof (to name a few).

If you need more help finding your next cuppa coffee goodness, check out Eater LA's "Handy Dandy Guide to LA's Best Coffee Shops" or Squid Ink's "10 Best Coffee Shops in Los Angeles."