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Intelligentsia Coffee Pasadena Coffeebar
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Today 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
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55 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91103
55 E Colorado BlvdUSCAPasadena91103
$Coffee Shop, Espresso BarToday 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am – 8:00 pmTuesday 7:00 am – 8:00 pmWednesday 7:00 am – 8:00 pmThursday 7:00 am – 8:00 pmFriday 7:00 am – 12:00 amSaturday 7:00 am – 12:00 amSunday 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
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Our Pasadena cafe is our third and largest in Los Angeles. A long Douglas Fir bar plays host to our full menu of beautiful single origins, elegant teas and refreshing iced drinks, as well as a specially curated craft beer and wine menu. Tall ceilings and exposed brick frame Ana Henton’s design, and windows at both ends allow light to pour in.   A back entrance allows for quick access to ample parking nearby, and outdoor seating makes it a perfect rest stop on Colorado Boulevard.
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Artisanal coffeehouse serving up latte art-topped beverages in reclaimed-wood-&-brick surrounds.- Google
People talk about iron goddess of mercy, beer and wine, cappuccino, the black cat classic espressos and organic english breakfast
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No clue where this Intelligentsia craze came from, but if it's new, and it's coffee, I'm there. Being nestled on the heavily trafficked Colorado Blvd, this place should be a stop for shoppers who want to match their high-end merchandise with high-end coffee. Yes you pay for it, but there's something special going on here. Plenty of sitting space in front but mostly in back. It's fancy how they brew coffee here without the use of those large silver time machines. Pretty fun to watch and all of it is done in the open center bar - must be an Intelligentsia thing. Nothing negative to say about the customer service here, but nothing positive either. If I approached the bar to a joyful, I'm-happy-to-be-here barista, then this place would get 6 stars from me (6 stars?!) -=- Black Cat Latte -=- This drink won me over here. I have a daily afternoon coffee (caffeine addict alert), and stopping by here made my day. Servings here run a bit small and the price a tad bit high, but I'm judging this place on a totally different scale from staple Starbucks. Foaminess and presentation matched that of Urth, and the every sip was a song in my mouth. It was neither too sweet or too bitter. Perfect! -=- Honey Badger Cappuccino -=- My friend got this thinking it would be your typical cappuccino Starbucks serving, but it wasn't. It's a tiny expresso shot cup, with a good layer of foam on top. I cannot attest to the taste, but word to the wise on the serving size. Also, there's no sippy lid for the expresso cups. Only closed lids.
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Laura Oakley
reviewed 2 weeks ago
The coffee is great, the service is not really very good. It has a very "hipster" vibe. Which is good is you are a hipster, but if you are not, it is a bit awkward. They play fun music, but it is a bit loud for some people. I personally enjoyed it. It was energizing :)
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Ann Griffith
reviewed 6 months ago
Good coffee with a lot of personality. The earl grey French macaroon cookies are a favorite. Love the lasagna cupcakes. They make a great meal.
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Judy Juan
reviewed 2 weeks ago
The ambience of this place is really nice. It's good for people who wants to chill or just have a chat with friends. But the coffee is just ok. I am a coffee lover, and their coffee isn't just that good enough. For a latte, you could taste the milk more than the coffee. And they do not have food, just pastries. I tried their bear paw pastries, they were so tough to eat. Maybe because they didn't heat up the pastries. For a shop that only sells coffee and pastries, they should have perfected their any of the 2. And oh, if you're planning to bring your laptop to work or study there, be sure to charge your battery fully. They do not have electrical outlets available for plug. And if there's one, they do not work. I guess they did it in purpose to prevent people from staying there too long. But if you're just looking for a place to chill, this place is great for conversation with friends or just to read a book. Not a good choice for a good cup of coffee or pastries. Price is more than Starbucks. I would rather just go to starbucks. They heat up the pastries for you by request.
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André Chi
reviewed 9 months ago
Just beat a line when I got here, but was not surprised to see how quickly it formed. This place is way better than I was expecting. The barista was very knowledgeable about the exotic offers and patiently explained them to me without the least bit of condescension. I ended up paying $12 for one of their specialty coffees and didn't regret a penny of it. I even bought a Thermos mug due to the advice of people in line and their staff assuring me it would not fail me. After going through 3 in the past that failed spectacularly, I can say they were right on with the recommendation! I'll definitely be coming again when I'm in the area!
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Kevin Park
reviewed 7 months ago
Very cool coffee shop. Wouldn't categorize it as a "coffice" but its definitely busy enough. They also serve wine and beer. Coffee is pricier than the average coffee shop.

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