Helping Angelenos stave off winter colds and boredom and the blahs is a new coffee joint on Figueroa Street in the #HLP. Yes--the question that instantly leaps to mind is: "Does Fig Street actually need yet another handcrafted-coffee joint?" Answer: "When that handcrafted-coffee joint is Civil Coffee, yes--yes it does."
Civil Coffee is the dream of the brothers Morales, who have been popping up at a variety of locations in the area for the past several years, brewing and blending their precise coffee magic here, there, and everywhere. Now you can catch them in a bricks-and-mortar spot, them and their accomplished beverages. You can do as I did: Place your order, savor the atmosphere, and then savor the coffee. Or if you're a member of the coffee cognoscenti, linger to chat with the staff about the finer points and subtleties of coffee-crafting.
It is certainly a comfortable if spare, elegant if utilitarian place to linger. Meet your friends here. Or bring a book. Chill with your mocha or espresso on the red banquette-style sofa. It's all good. The only word to the wise--bring your wallet. The coffee here is delicious, but will run you over $5 for a regular cup--pricey if you're feeding a cup-a-day java habit, but perfectly in line with what most handcrafted joints charge, and well worth it for that occasional indulgence.
Cheers! Y salud!
Civil Coffee is in the 5600 block of Figueroa Street in Highland Park, CA. @CivilCoffee
Leslie is the author of "Highland Park in Photographs 2015" [Amazon and Barnes & Noble]. The author is not affiliated with this coffee shop in any way, other than being a fan of their concoctions.