I visited Boston this past weekend and went to some pretty good coffee houses. I was introduced to one called Blue State (in Brookline) and one called Thinking Cup (by Boston Common). Very cool places. Blue State had something I had never tried before which was a tea called cascara made from the husks of the coffee cherry.
The places I like the most in Los Angeles are Intelligentsia, Cacao, Balconi, Caffe Luxxe, Euro Caffe, and Lamill.
Name your favorite hangouts.
Not that anyone is actually paying attention to this but I forgot to include Espresso Profeta and Conservatory of Coffee & Tea in my L.A. list.
Also a place called CoffeeBar just opened in DTLA which is quite cool. So is Spring for Coffee which is down the street from CoffeeBar and which I also just tried.