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What can LAist say about the trendiest, most-ego centric, annoying, crowded, attitude-y coffee shop in all of Los Angeles?

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf #17
8591 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Hours: Monday - Thursday 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday 6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Conversations at the flagship "you must be seen here" Coffee Bean almost always center around a list of five very annoying subjects: Me, My Agent, My Career, My Body and My Bank Account. It's is all about me, me, me, me, me.

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What once was a fun place to hang out because of the people you might see quickly evolved into a place to hang out for those who wanted to be seen, which quickly evolved into a place of people you wouldn't want to see yourself, which further evolved into a place that you would never want to be seen at running into those who wanted to be seen. The coffee itself is neglegible — you don't go here for the drinks. The out-door seating area is more like a high school lunchroom quad than any public place to drink java. The indoor seating is monopolized by people with laptops, writing the next great American Dude, Where's My Car? while the world whizzes by.

As highlighted in last week's Coffee Buzz, LAist noted that most of the Angelenos fed up with this location have migrated to the one across from the Director's Guild of America. But alas, in case you're wondering what people are talking about at this annoying location, please, be our guest...

Girl #1: Go ahead, pucker for me.
Girl #2: Mmmm?
Girl #1: Wow. Those are some full lips you got there, girl.
Girl #2: Mmmm hmm?
Girl #1: Yeaaaah. They look gooooood. Way kissable.
Girl #2: Mmmmmmmm.
Girl #1: You are SO evil.
Girl #2: Mmm hmm hmm.
Girl #1: Totally worth the money.
Girl #2: Thanks.
Girl #1: No problem.

Enuf said.