Espresso 77 is my go to place for coffee, especially when they're grinding up Ecuadorian beans.
I love this place for various reasons.
They're very welcoming to all;
Interesting neighborhood chatter always going on by various groups using it as a meeting place;
It's a cool place to hang out and grab a glass of wine or beer, meet neighbors and just chat about what's happening locally;
Watched the Super Bowl on a large projection screen last year, watched election results a few nights ago;
Friendly owners and staff always aiming to please; and
Espresso 77 is always involved in community affairs. It's the little cafe that could.
I also enjoy stopping by Juju's. Sammy and Sonia are super nice and also very welcoming. The Juju salads are delicious! Sammy has a signature dressing that's a must have. I also love the fact that they're very flexible with their offerings.
Sad to say, but I've been disappointed by the pastries at Lety's the last few times I've been there, and I've been meaning to talk to them about that. I recently purchased a slice of Italian cheesecake, and it was stale with a refrigerated taste. The same thing happened when I opted for a slice of one of their chocolate cakes. Lately, I've found the quality of the baked goods inconsistent. That said, Lety and her husband Octavio are are super friendly and approachable, so I'll definitely take a moment to chat with them about my experiences. On a positive note, I special ordered a chocolate mocha birthday cake back in September... it was fabulous!!! With regard to the coffee, I prefer their espresso based beverages over the iced.
By the way, some of the local Colombian spots have awesome coffee as well. Anyone willing to share thoughts on that? I've had the cafe con leche at Seba Seba paired with a chicharron de Guayaba (love these pastries) on a few occasions and have always been pleased. Wish I didn't have to worry about lactose so I could indulge a bit more.