Conservatory has, hands-down, the best coffee I've ever had in Los Angeles. Their beans have turned me into a coffee snob -- all other cups I drink compare to Conservatory's roasts! I love that the beans are roasted locally, too, which cuts transportation costs, energy use, etc. The owner has both educated me and helped me select beans many times, and the staff is also very knowledgeable. Conservatory also has a killer selection of loose teas and herbal infusions. The prices are reasonable, and the quality is incredible. Ask questions -- the staff is lovely. Beyond the beans and teas, Conservatory is also a great place to work, with big windows and a quiet atmosphere. It's not a scene even though it's across from Sony studios. Conservatory is such a special place. Go!
Pros: Super coffee and service, great atmosphere
Cons: Not open on Sundays, closes early on Saturdays, no nighttime hours