Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wi-Fi Watering Holes: Coffee Tomo

Coffee Tomo, located on the corner of Sawtelle Boulevard and Mississippi Avenue in the Little Osaka neighborhood of West Los Angeles, opened recently as a nice counterpart to Cafe Balconi, located a block south. Although both are devoted to gourmet coffee in an upscale setting, Balconi emphasizes siphon coffee and pastries, while Tomo focuses on drip coffee and handmade pretzels. Futher, while Balconi is an "unplug" zone that has eschewed wi-fi, Tomo has a nice strong wi-fi signal.
The decor is exactly what I think a coffee house's decor should be --dark wood shelves, counter, and ceiling, and a huge coffee roaster in one corner where fresh coffee is roasted every hour. The music is jazz and classical, and the tables and chairs are all wood. Service is friendly and the drinks are pretty darn good. Recommended.

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