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CoffeeBar Prepares to Compete on Spring

By Lauren Mattia
Published: Friday, January 28, 2011, at 01:54PM
Lauren Mattia

CoffeBar is still under construction but plans to opens its doors in time for February's Art Walk.

Watch out L.A. Cafe, Syrup, and Spring for Coffee--a new caffeinated competitor is coming to town by early February.

While that stretch of Spring Street is already dripping with coffee—all four are within 500 feet of each other—owners Michael Leko and Will Shamlian will be opening CoffeeBar at 600 S. Spring and say they will offer coffee lovers an unparalleled cup of joe.

Leko and Shamlian are busy Downtown. They own Library Bar as well as nearby Spring St. The duo will also be opening Pizzeria Urbano in Wolfgang Puck Cafe's former location.

"It's going to be a high end coffee bar with only the best as far as quality of coffee," said Shamlian. "We are going to be serving Vivace and Verve, which are two of the best coffees you can get anywhere."

In addition to carrying high quality beans, CoffeeBar will be serving it from some of the best coffee machines, operated by "brew experts" that will ensure what Shamlian says will be CoffeeBar's "devotion to high end coffee."

The ever-connected coffee consumer can enjoy CoffeeBar's free WIFI on the large partially-enclosed patio. Although CoffeeBar does not have as full a menu as its competitors across the street, they plan to serve a variety of pastries.

Housed inside CoffeeBar will be an area that serves pour over coffee (also referred to as single cup drip), a back-to-basics brewing method similar to loose tea brewing where hot water is poured over coffee grounds into an individual cup. A New York Times article claimed that "the coffee it makes is so clean, so round and fruity, that you can fully taste all those complex layers of flavor that are supposed to be lurking in the best single-origin and micro-lot beans."

Who wouldn't want a cup of that?

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