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Wake Up & Smell the CoffeeBar

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Downtown dwellers and working stiffs have another source for their daily ration of caffeine, thanks to the newly-opened coffee artistry of CoffeeBar.

However, CoffeeBar is about as boutique as it gets when it comes to coffee. Their menu is strictly coffee and tea (with a few pastries to nibble on). Downtown News, who has had their eye on the crop of coffee spots popping up in the area, describes CoffeeBar as "a 2,000-square-foot bean emporium that treats coffee more like fine wine than an everyman’s morning wake-up beverage."

CoffeeBar was an idea brewing for a long time for Michael Leko and Will Shamlian, who recently opened up the bar Spring Street, and who own Downtown's Library Bar. Among the other coffee spots in the immediate vicinity, the duo and coffee lovers expect this narrow-focused cafe to stand out, and draw its own crowd.

Already drawn in was LAist Featured Photos contributor R.E.˜ who shared a set of shots of her first visit opening week. She says "CoffeeBar is a fabulous new addition to the L.A. coffee scene," and lauds the modest shop for its "beautiful simplicity" and high quality coffee from top U.S. roasters, and their equipment, "including an awesome Slayer!!" (If you're wondering, Slayer is a brand of Espresso-making equipment that has a cult-like following, not unlike a coffee rock star--a bean star?--that hails from Seattle.) Uninitiated? Head to Spring Street in DTLA to check it out.