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Although Mondays which are holidays aren't as technically stressful and annoying, people still need their coffee in their local neighborhoods. And so, LAist is here, to continue our tradition of The Coffee Buzz.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf #3
11049 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Hours: M-F 6:00AM-10:00PM
Sa-Su 7:00AM-10:00PM

This week's coffee haunt is one that could be dubbed the commuter's coffee shop as it is located just East of the 405 Freeway on Santa Monica Boulevard. Situated in a strip mall on the north side of the boulevard (ironically just next door to the previously mentioned, superior sushi of Hamasaku), on weekends and evenings there isn't much happening around this small block of town. But come weekdays, commuters on their way to the freeway entrance or just getting off on their way to work can find a hot cup 'o joe or a freezing blended here at this location.

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This Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, unfortunately, has outside tables mere feet from speeding traffic (that won't do), and you won't want to wait outside in the strip mall parking lot for fear of being accosted by pan handlers taking a break from their offices on the nearby freeway on-and-off ramps. Inside, it's just what you'd expect from a "commuter's coffee shop." Very little seating, a narrow corridor and people taking your orders. In and out, quick coffee ordering for those professionals on the go.

What IS ironic about such a location is that with all the people rushing in and out -- the staff at this location go above and beyond the call of duty to remember just who you are. On more than one location, staff members whom people have never even met, have remembered their name. Urban legends say that the staff at this Coffee Bean are, in actuality, psychic.

Girl Behind Counter: Hi, John!

Guy Named John: Uh, hi.

Girl Behind Counter: Your name is John, right?

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Guy Named John: Have I met you before?

Girl Behind Counter: Like twelve times! You're the only John who comes in here, anyway!

Guy Named John: I am!?

Girl Behind Counter: Uhhh, yeah. Good to see you! That'll be seven-sixty, please.

Don't ask, don't tell -- and leave the "commuter's coffee shop" alone unless you're driving to and or fro the 405. This is their place, not yours.