We first spied The Refinery last May, getting off-the-main-drag Santa Monicans who normally have to hike to Funnel Mill pumped for its Synesso Hydra-brewed espresso and beans from San Francisco's Ritual Roasters from a pour-over drip bar served in cool, colorful ceramics. Owner Jimmy Chang has set up a minimal, modern space of blonde woods tailored on both flanks by a flowing graffiti piece by artist CODAK and shelves lined with Hario glassware from Nippon. The espresso we tasted was excellent, with a nice fruity top note, while Chang stocks Refinery with pastries from BreadBar. Opened Tuesday, you can see more of The Refinery's space down below.
The Refinery, 413 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica. 310-986-2776.