3 Jerry Seinfeld cafés recommended in Where to Drink Coffee

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee returns today. Here's what our guide thinks of some places Jerry's visited so far
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Jerry and Sebastian Maniscalco at Intelligentsia, Los Angeles. All stills courtesy of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jerry and Sebastian Maniscalco at Intelligentsia, Los Angeles. All stills courtesy of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Though Jerry Seinfeld has visited some very good cafés in his series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, they aren't all featured in our new book, Where to Drink Coffee. The Californian branch of the International House of Pancakes where he and Christopher Waltz sank a cup or two? That didn't make the cut. Nor did the galley on Louis C.K.'s boat – though for different reasons.

However, there a good few places that both Seinfeld and our expert panel of 150 baristas and coffee experts agree on. Ahead of the series return, we took another look at three of them. 

Intelligentsia, Venice, Los Angeles “While it remains a very controversial shop, I still love going to the Intelligentsia in Venice," says Cora Lambert of this hip, high-end café in our new book. "This shop was a game changer of cafe design, and I still find it to be a very impressive shop.” Jerry visited this place with local stand-up Sebastian Maniscalco, who joked that they might need a laptop to get in.  

 

Jerry and Aaron Ultimo at Coava coffee
Jerry and Aaron Ultimo at Coava coffee

Coava Coffee Roasters, Buckman, Portland, Oregon "I had a memorable espresso experience at Coava," says United States Barista Championship judge Aaron Ultimo. This Pacific North West spot pairs designer furniture with excellent brews; when Jerry visited with Portlandia star Fred Armise, he agreed that their coffee was "a reason to live here." 

 

Jerry with Colin Quinn and Mario Joyner at Fort Defiance
Jerry with Colin Quinn and Mario Joyner at Fort Defiance

Fort Defiance, Red Hook, Brooklyn Steve Mierisch of Pulley Collective, a shared coffee roasting incubation space, describes this Brooklyn spot as a "small restaurant doing great pour-over." That suits east-coast stand-ups Colin Quinn and Mario Joyner, whose visit to this place sparked a philosophical conversation in the car after about new Brooklyn versus old.

As Seinfeld asked Quinn: "Which is better? The soul crushing Disney environment or literally having your life at knife point?" "This is one of the great philosophical proablems man has to deal with!" Quinn replied. Great coffee sure sparks great debate. You'll find plenty of it in  Where to Drink Coffee here.

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