LAMILL Coffee Boutique in Silver Lake has the potential to ruin you for life. You know those people that take a tentative sip of restaurant coffee, grimace, and wax poetic about the importance of the correct beans? Or Syphon brew vs. French press? After a few trips to LAMILL, you could become one of those people.
And while you can expect to pay a bit more at LAMILL than you would at other coffee shops, the product is just so much better that you really won’t care. On a regular day, I brew a mini pot in my craptastic Mr. Coffee. But I’m dreaming of curling up on a teal green alligator chair underneath the crystal chandelier at LAMILL while a cute waiter or waitress drips a fancy cup right at my table.
LAMILL’s Organic Iced Coffee was named Best Iced Coffee by L.A. Magazine in 2009 and is house-made by 16-hour cold water extract. (See? Life-ruiner.) Their other coffee options are Bali Coffee, with notes of maraschino cherries, vanilla and key lime, Ethiopia Coffee, with sweet floral perfume and lemon zest notes, and Rwanda Coffee, with notes of spice and cocoa, as well as daily offerings, and teas. And if you need something other than a caffeine fix, you’re in luck. LAMILL serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and now alcohol as well. Whenever I’m there early in the day, it seems every table has the House-Made Brioche Doughnut Holes with a Side of Madagascar Vanilla Cream. They have a pretty substantial menu too, with items like Chilled Pea Soup, Kimchi Flank Steak Salad, House-Cured Tasmanian Sea Trout, egg dishes, sandwiches, and more.
I’ve read some reviews of LAMILL that claim their service is rude, but I’ve had nothing but nice service, even while asking a million coffee novice questions. There is also prime sidewalk seating, which is a great hangout for the dogs of Silver Lake.
LAMILL Coffee Boutique
1636 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026