Many L.A. neighborhoods now engage in caffeine wars, with multiple specialty coffeehouses within walking distance. A single good, consistent option stands out even more in underserved areas working to distinguish their fare. Meanwhile, 310 Coffee has been a straightforward boon to an underserved stretch on the Culver City & Mar Vista border, just west of the 405 freeway.
Andy and Robert, who co-own a punny Vietnamese restaurant nearby called Pho Show, added this airy space with plenty of windows, white walls, four tables, and a counter facing the wall. Stumptown beans fuel a coffee program that also incorporates a two-group La Marzocco espresso machine, drip coffee, cold brew, and nitro cold brew.
These raw coffee materials aren’t all that special at this point, but barista Giovanni Fox made me an exquisite 12-ounce Cappuccino ($4.25) with whole cow’s milk that was well balanced and displayed impressive artistry. 310 Coffee isn’t cutting-edge, but doesn’t need to be unique to become a neighborhood staple.