In L.A., luxury coffee is a citywide obsession. Whether it’s the impossibly long lines at the Silverlake brewhouse Intelligentsia, gourmet coffee spot Lamill, or the appointment-only Funnel Mill which serves the country’s most expensive brew (seriously: $80 a cup), Angelenos do not mess around with their java. So when the news broke about L.A.’s Best Coffee app—a new luxury coffee resource for iPhone, iPad, and Android—it was an instant sensation.
The app could appease the snobbiest of coffee drinkers. Focused on the best independent coffeeshops, roasteries, and gourmet java carts L.A. has to offer, the app generates a list of the 50 best spots as voted on by local app-owners. For each shop, you’ll find a rundown of details, including what kind of machinery, brewing process, and coffee beans are used in each store. In addition, the app offers geolocation features and maps, user-generated ratings, and digital sharing capabilities with Facebook and Twitter. Looking for French Presse? Clover Machines? Syphon Brewing? Fear not: there is now an app that understands intricate, eccentric, and (let’s face it) expensive coffee brewing.
The app, created by Blue Crow Media, is now on its fourth city in the Best Coffee App series, after London, San Francisco, and New York. The launch comes at a pretty good time for L.A.; the local coffee scene was recently written about in the New York Times Magazine. And in an interview over at local blog Downtown, Blue Crow Media co-founder Mark Lambert had this to say about LA’s coffee culture:
“There is definitely a feeling in LA that things are taking off, and although there is still considerable outside influence, it’s evident that in the next year or two, L.A. will be a global influence on the coffee world.”
Global influence?! Maybe it’s time we start studying. Better yet, with the possibility of $80 cups of coffee in the future, perhaps we should start saving.