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Our 5 Favorite Coffees in Florence

With myriad espresso shops to choose from, we sought out to find places that embody the soul of what makes Italian coffee so great.  Here are five of our favorites from the spots we visited. Most champion that classic Italian vibe, and one is a local roaster carrying the third wave torch in Florence.

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Morning Rituals With County, Ltd. and Counter-Space

We first visited County, Ltd. when we moved to the East Side of Los Angeles late last year. On the quest for special pieces to bring into our new home, we wandered into this lovely little world of quality clothing, specialty home goods, art, and vintage and custom furniture. Everything unique, everything made to last. Beyond the quality and elegance of the pieces, we were taken with the kindness and friendliness of the people behind the shop: four guys who have clearly developed keen eyes for the artwork and pieces they showcase. It's a combination of the beauty and charm that keeps us coming back; the gestalt that these four have managed to create. We were intrigued to learn more about their story...

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Morning Rituals with Joanna Alm of Drop Coffee

Joanna Alm is a well-known name in the coffee world. She's an award-winning roaster, managing director and green coffee buyer for the internationally-recognized and respected Drop Coffee of Sweden. Her accomplishments are impressive on their own, but they're made even better by the fact that she's such a pioneer and force for women in the coffee world. 

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Morning Rituals with Tenzo

We feel very lucky to call the trio behind Tenzo our friends. Before meeting Jeff, Jaimie and Saehee, we were fans. We devoured the delicious food they made at Echo Park Craft Fair, and admired their aesthetic and brand from afar. Behind it all we found three sincerely nice, humble, and authentic people. They embody all the qualities of people/entrepreneurs that keep us inspired with our company. During our transition from the Westside of LA to the Eastside, Tenzo welcomed us to the community by inviting us over for dinner. Just as we love to spread the warmth of morning coffee and ritual to our friends and family, so it is with Tenzo with [delicious] food and conversation. It was such a relaxed, beautiful night. And...

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Morning Rituals with Kenzie + Isa of Yo También

We met Kenzie and Isa at Echo Park Craft Fair in May. Actually, first we ate their arepa's, and they were so delicious we had to find out who made them. So we walked from our coffee booth down to the stand they were sharing with our friends, Leaves and Flowers, and had our first encounter with Yo También. Kenzie and Isa were calmly, almost nonchalantly, whipping up their arepa's. It was clear they really find their zen through cooking, and take joy in sharing it with other people.  This summer, Kenzie & Isa have been living and working at Full Belly Farm in the Capay Valley of Northern California. We reached out to them to share a bit of what life's like at the farm, and get...

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