Your Best Mid-Wilshire Work Nook at Healing Coffee Roasters

Chocolate chunk cookie plus Ethiopia Yirgacheffe coffee. (Photo: C.C.)
Chocolate chunk cookie plus Ethiopia Yirgacheffe coffee. (Photo: C.C.)

Owner Miran Oh introduced Healing Coffee Roasters to the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood in May and it’s been building a loyal clientele ever since. What you should know: It’s a roaster first and a café second. This might dissuade the regular laptop jockey from trying to park there.

And that’s fine, particularly because this cafe is really meant for those who prize great coffee alongside a more intimate workspace. You’re less likely to find gals, and guys, who prefer to think out loud and chat even louder over oversized sugary granita drinks. It’s safe to say you can get serious work done here, while enjoying some seriously fantastic coffee, often a roast on the light to medium side.

The menu can please most discerning java lovers. Oh gives you nine options to have a brew made with one of five beans, sourced by her and roasted on-site, from major parts of the coffee world she’s visited.

All this said, you don’t have to be a coffee connoisseur to get your order right. The barista on duty will suggest you take a whiff from the ground coffee vials near the register for a clue, or you can just share what notes you look for in coffee and she’ll make you a cup accordingly.

There’s a long countertop set up on the other side of the barista station, but you’ll want to snag one of the four two-person tables in the back area tucked under the loft. It’s cozy, not restricting, enhanced no doubt by an elaborate traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony situated in one corner.

Healing Coffee Roasters: 5007 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 934-3837. [map]

Ambiance: Laidback. The barista will check in whether the ballad is playing too loudly in the background.
Amenities: One unisex restroom. Unlimited, password-protected wifi. An outlet against one side of the wall. A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, available by reservation only. Limited parking in the back.
Drink/Food: Baked goods from a bakery on Sawtelle called La Mousse, including a rather substantial chocolate chunk cookie the size of a baby’s face.