UPDATE: Blue Cupcakes are apparently no longer available at Lot 44 Coffee. You can still get your sugar fix from Julie on Thursdays from 11AM-2PM at the Century City Farmer's Market.
Although many of us make a concerted effort to eat healthy, ethically-sourced food and to be aware of its origins, we often neglect to think about what we drink.
Lot 44 Coffee in downtown LA, however, cares about what you drink. The hip but relaxed shop serves organic, fair trade, pesticide-free, estate and small-lot coffee.
Lot 44 Coffee boasts an impressive menu, with drinks ranging from a fair trade organic Xocolatl (Mexican hot chocolate w/ chiles and cinnamon) to an organic Ethiopian Sidamo. They also offer fresh, all-natural pastries and organic sandwiches.
Also impressive is Lot 44's top-notch service. On this day, I wasn't in the mood for coffee, hoping, instead, for a green tea latte, which was not on the menu. The barista, however, offered to make me one anyway! Happy, happy.
As someone constantly on the look-out for new places to plop down with my laptop and a cup of coffee, I was excited by Lot 44's ample seating in the shop itself and atrium in the back.
Lot 44 Coffee is (was) also one of the only places in town where you can get your hands on a Blue Cupcake. I first heard of Blue Cupcake while checking out the winners of the 2010 Cupcake Challenge and instantly fell in love with Julie's jaw-droppingly beautiful and detailed specialty cupcakes. I'm already plotting when I can justifiably place a custom order (graduation? birthday?).
I ordered a strawberry cupcake, which was piled high with pastel pink frosting. With one bite, my head tipped back and an involuntary "Nommm" escaped my lips. Both the cake and the frosting tasted like real strawberries--not strawberry flavoring. I have eaten many a strawberry cupcake in my day, but this Blue Cupcake blows them all out of the water.
Although the motivation for my visit to Lot 44 Coffee was to sample a Blue Cupcake (which was well-worth the trip), I couldn't help but love the shop and its values and goals.
Be sure to pop by Lot 44 Coffee for your Organic Mayan Mocha between Monday and Friday as they're closed on weekends.
Lot 44 Coffee
257 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012