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Northeast L.A. Gets A Jolt With 3 Cool New Coffee Shops

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Northeast L.A.'s coffee scene just got a major boost, gaining three—yes, three—new specialty coffeehouses in the past two months. From Glassell Park to Eagle Rock, each of these new (and exciting) entries have landed in spots where good coffee was seriously needed. They also serve delicious food, upping the ante for all prospective newcomers vying for space in this ever-evolving corner of the city.

Found Coffee

While Swork holds court on Colorado's west end, Found Coffee is hoping to become the go-to spot on Eagle Rock's eastern edge. The bright, friendly space owned and operated by Annie Choi features single-origin coffees from L.A.'s Demitasse Roasting and espresso drink standards, like macchiatos and cortados, which are pulled from a very hip looking La Marzocco machine. Pastries are supplied by Creme Caramel, makers of such things as chicken adobo turnovers, bacon-cheddar biscuits, and coconut corn muffins. A nice variety of teas is sourced from T-We from San Francisco. They're still in soft-open mode, so Wi-Fi isn't available quite yet.

Found Coffee is located 1355 Colorado Boulevard

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Tierra Mia

This Latino-inspired coffeehouse chain is already 10-locations deep in California, with stores from Oakland to Pico Rivera. The newest, which opened a few weeks ago on Highland Park's somewhat hidden Monte Vista Street, might prove to be its most successful yet—you can count on a line morning or night. The reason for the constant rush is Tierra Mia's high-quality, brewed-to-order coffee and an inventive list of frappes and lattes (we like the Coco Loco hot or cold). To sweeten the deal, they also make their own pastries, like the glorious tres leches muffin, daily at a bakehouse in Lynwood.

Tierra Mia is located at 5528 Monte Vista St., Highland Park, 323-344-3844

Habitat Coffee
Not too far from Lemon Poppy Kitchen and Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park, Habitat Coffee is now filling the neighborhood's coffee niche. Espresso drinks and a strong daily brew are made with City Bean coffee while a long list of teas from Art of Tea, which are served in a press pot, is also available. Pies, quiches, and tarts are driven in from Susina on Beverly Boulevard, and gluten avoiders will be pleased by the bounty of flour-less treats from Rising Hearts Bakery. They also serve a full breakfast menu, hearty meaty and vegetarian sandwiches, and big bowls of salad. Don't overlook the counter—it's flush with local candies.

Habitat Coffee is located at 3708 Eagle Rock Boulevard; 323-739-0222

Valentina Silva is a freelance writer who edits her own blog Eastside Food Bites. Watch her eat her way through LA on her Instagram.

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