My quest for a token cup of coffee lured me onto the alternative streets of the Los Angeles Art District where I discovered the lair that is Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The re-mastered wood and brick-laden city studio bears noir-matte finish doorways, a “chalk”-written register of coffee and baked good selections, and a shining La Marzocco Strada MP stamped with the Stumptown valiant type emblem and lightning bolt to match.
Whilst this late afternoon stopover at Stumptown prompted a pretzel-croissant and cortado fix, barista Ben Biros so chivalrously poured and served an additional robust latte in the signature mahogany-hued crockery. The impressions of this pastry are a many, consistent with the grooves and marks on the wooden countertops. The traditionally buttery, flaky croissant’s particularity pairs well with that of the traditionally soft and chewy pretzel.
The Portland-parented venture realizes a coffee blend that is neither bitter nor burnt. Each degustation is enveloped in mellow flavor and contentment. Stumptown’s quality brew proves to be rather heroic.