LA’s First Stumptown Coffee Now Open in Downtown LA Arts District

Stumptown Coffee is now open in the Arts District in Downtown LA

Stumptown Coffee is now open in the Arts District in Downtown LA

Rumors were leaked earlier this year that Stumptown was looking for space in the Arts District, and now Los Angeles coffee lovers can rejoice the new addition. The Portland-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters opened their first LA location in the Arts District last month (Sept 10, 2013) nearby a slew of other new eatery businesses including: Bestia, Bread Lounge, and Urban Radish specialty market.

Located on South Santa Fe Ave near 7th Street, the new Stumptown Coffee takes over a cavernous 7,000 square foot industrial warehouse space, which not only includes the cafe, where coffee lovers gather to sip over espressos and cappuccinos, but also a huge 60-kilo Probat coffee roaster located in the back of the store behind a glass wall visible to cafe patrons. The new Downtown LA location serves as a roasting distribution headquarters servicing California wholesale customers.

Stumptown is open daily from 7 am to 6 pm.

Super high ceilings accentuate the industrial character of the new Stumptown in the Arts District

Super high ceilings accentuate the industrial character of the new Stumptown in the Arts District

This is where the coffee magic happens: La Marzocco Strada MP

This is where the coffee magic happens: La Marzocco Strada MP

Stumptown menu

Stumptown menu

Stumptown Coffee at home

Stumptown Coffee at home

A large 60-kilo Probat coffee roaster visible to cafe patrons behind a large glass wall

A large 60-kilo Probat coffee roaster visible to cafe patrons behind a large glass wall

11 Responses to LA’s First Stumptown Coffee Now Open in Downtown LA Arts District

  1. If I cannot sit here for 3-4 hours to do work, then this is another failed attempt. As an Angeleno who lives in SF and loves Seattle, L.A. lacks genuine cafes. Is this just me?

    • Downtown definitely needs places with more ambiance and sitability, like Coffeebar. And while I love to sit and read in cafes, I don’t think they should be treated like people’s external office space. There’s a fine line between hanging out and abusing it.

      • I think different coffee shops serve a different purposes. There are places like Starbucks who are successful because they created a “third place” for customers to hang out for an unlimited amount of time. This was their mission. However, coffee shops like Handsome, G&B and now Stumptown may be looking to provide customers with a different experience. Their locations aren’t there to have people sit for hours; instead, it seems like they place a stronger emphasis on the quality of their product. You can see this by the open space and the commercial coffee grinders.

        For me, there is a time and a place for everyone. Sometimes I crave a cup of coffee accompanied by the experience of sitting for an hour or so while reading a book. Other times, I just want to walk into a beautiful space like Stumptown or Handsome, drink my coffee standing, and then leave.

        • Totally agree. Starbucks is one thing, but I do think the expectation that someone should be able camp out for four hours at any cafe is too much. Anthony declares it a ‘failed attempt’ if he can’t, and I think that’s a pretty messed expectation of a coffee place. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with hanging out for awhile, but saying a place failed because it it’s not your living room or spare bedroom office space is lame.

          • I totally agree. On the contrary, I think Stumptown and Handsome are a great success precisely because they offer a different experience, not to mention the superb quality of their product. I’m so excited to have them in DTLA! :-)

        • Mayra hit the nail on the head. Places like Stumptown are not even trying to compete with Starbucks. They can’t. Even if Stumptown doubled in size every year for the next 20 years they couldn’t begin to challenge Starbucks. This shop is largely about their wholesale business. Stumptown wants and needs to be able to roast locally to supply the booming restaurant and artisan bakery businesses in Southern California. If the cafe can build a following and create buzz then that opens doors for the wholesale biz. It’s a model that La Colombe employs successfully on the East Coast.

  2. I love the experience of standing at the counter at G&B or standing at the bar at Stumptown – it reminds me of a trip to Italy when I noticed that people there never get their coffee to go; instead they stand in the cafe and enjoy their coffee for 15 minutes or whatever. Some people smoke, but my vice is a coffee break!

  3. Yes! This is precisely what G&B reminds me of every time I’m there! It’s so nice to have these shops popping up in our neighborhoods. It’s a time and country travel, but with the charm and beauty of our own city! :-)

  4. Ditto on the G&B counter, it’s so great. It can sometimes be like fighting at at a bar at last call to get served, but generally it’s a great experience where you can chat with others.

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