KIT Coffee


Unlike its neighbors to the north, there are only a handful of places in Orange County that I’ve discovered that embodies the “total package.” Kit Coffee is one of those places. Nestled in the well-to-do beach community of Newport Beach, Kit Coffee is far from being pretentious. With its over the top commitment to the human experience, Kit welcomes you with a smile and offers a fantastic array of coffee from Coava, Heart, and Temple. Its bright open space, light colored wood, and accents of white and gold help me and I’m certain others reach a place of clarity and peace. And I don’t know why, but I really dig their geometrically shaped stools!


Kit’s commitment to detail reminds us that in order to truly enjoy a cup of coffee, you need more than just the coffee. Coffeetude tested and Mother approved! =P

Tips: Kit has a full service coffee bar and pour overs are brewed with the use of a V60. They just started offering a short list of food items which consists of breakfast burritos, avocado toast, pastries, etc. (haven’t had the opportunity to try yet) However, I did see them bring in food from Porto’s once, so hopefully they’ll do so again. So, I’m big into vessels and Kit has some awesome Bowman Ceramic mugs for purchase. I LOVE mine! Sorry, not sure about WiFi.

Dinosaur Coffee

When I want to stay a while to hang out or get some work done, I cannot think of a better place to go than Dinosaur Coffee in Silver Lake.  They have great coffee (from Four Barrel), mostly served in nice ceramic mugs, but there is so much more to this place than the coffee.  The first thing to notice is the space/design of the shop.  You have to see it for yourself.  There is a great natural light and the wood menu board thingy that hangs over the bar/counter is cool, weird, and unexplainable.  I love it.  It’s relatively quiet for how many customers can fill the place.  The staff are all so friendly, funny and fun!  This place has major coffeetude.

Tips: the cortado (with a bit of sugary goodness) or even one of their (non-coffee, non-alcoholic) shrubs.  No wifi.  Rare free LA parking in the hard to find back lot.  Depending on the day, Dinosaur partners up with other food vendors — sandwiches, food trucks, bagels, etc. — if you want more than just a snack to eat.  Oh, and check out the restroom…it will all make sense…maybe.