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Handsome Coffee Roasters opened their cafe today in Los Angeles and I was lucky enough to be able to stop by for a coffee on my way home.
I’m familiar with HCR from their social media launch and was also lucky enough to be part of the “first forty” where I received their pre-production roasts while they were working things out and starting up. I could see even in these early roasts that I like their roast style emphasizing clean, sweet flavors. Eventually, a local coffee shop started carrying HCR coffee too, another lucky break.
The offering at HCR is simple: coffee. They have espresso, coffee with milk, and cold coffee with milk behind the bar and no sweetener in sight. I took a Fisticuffs Espresso and a Rwanda for myself, two iced coffees with milk and a Colombia with milk for the family.
The coffee was great, sweet and clean and my wife even eschewed sweetener in her iced coffee and enjoyed it, a definite win. I snuck out to my car to guiltily add sweetener to the kids drinks.
I’m on my way home now and I wish the HCR team the best of luck on their great new cafe.