One of my favorite coffee spots in 2015 has to be Dinosaur Coffee. Sadly, there are no actual dinosaurs, and actually not a lot of dinosaur decor in the shop. There is a giant T-Rex mural in the restroom, so that makes up for the lack of dinosaurs roaming around the shop. It is co-owned by one of the co-creators of Cards Against Humanity, and it has a minimalistic vibe, but still packs a lot of attitude. Whenever I go to a shop, I always order my go to, a cortado.
Their cortados start with some raw sugar in the gibraltar, and the espresso is pulled into the glass. The first time I ordered a cortado from Dinosaur all I could think about was, “wow! they dialed in their espresso to be super sweet.” Then I realized that they add sugar, but it didn’t really bother me even though I am sort of a purist when it comes to coffee. Their baristas are on point when it comes to milk steaming. They have their textures down.
Their brewed coffees are done with a french press, and put into an air pot dispenser. They also have their cold brew in air pots for easy service. I think their efficiency is amazing and well thought out, and it is fortified by the layout of their bar, and clean lines all around the shop. Their coffee selections come from a variety of roasters. The first time I visited, I was served a cortado featuring De La Paz, and during another visit it was Four Barrel. I enjoy this aspect of having multi-roasters, because it allows patrons to try new coffees, and be exposed to the diversity in flavors, and roasting profiles.
I love the ample seating inside, and outside, which allows me to bring my puppies with me as we can just enjoy the LA sunshine, and the people in Silverlake are typically dog lovers. GIve this spot a visit, and let me know if it met your expectations.
4334 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029