Is It Any Good?

A whipsmart Coffee/Small Plates place with locations in Pasadena, Silver Lake and Venice.

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If the Intelligentsia Coffee Company just shelled out cups of coffee, I might not be taking the time to talk about it. After all, between your Starbucks and your Seattle’s Best, that road has pretty much been covered.

But if those other places are about grabbing your cup of joe and going, this place is about getting your cup of coffee and lingering, or just lingering period. Yeah, they make a mean cup of coffee, but they really want you to stay. The place is built for you to linger. They want you have a snack from their small plates menu. Then, they want you to stay for another cup of coffee. This is how places like Starbucks and Seattle’s Best started, and as they expanded and expanded, that notion got lost.

But as a place to hang out, as a place to hook up with friends, to go to after the movie, or meet someone for the first time, Intelligensia was fantastic.

Now, I have to go back and try their menu.


WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, duh. It’s in the name, but also try one some of their small plates, written handily in chalk above the Cashier.


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: This safety tip comes courtesy of my Father, a semi-avid reader of this blog.

He would like you to know…that places that serve beverages should have easy, and open access to little things known as Public Bathrooms.

For some reason, Intelligentsia does not.

Just know going in.


PARKING: For the Pasadena location, consult the Pasadena Parking Map. Plenty of Garage Options.


Intelligentsia Coffee (There are locations in Venice and Silver Lake, just so you know)

Pasadena Location
55 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91105
6am – 12am Monday – Saturday
7am – 12am Sunday