Just when we’d all figured LA had thought of every coffee/tea concept imaginable… Rubies + Diamonds came along and showed us what’s what. Located in the heart of Columbia Square (Hollywood) Rubies + Diamonds has set up shop in a prime up-and-coming area bustling with construction and creativity – with neighbors like Sugarfish, Sweetgreen and Neuehouse it’s safe to say they’re in good company. What may seem like just another well curated coffee spot is actually one of the most innovative and experimental coffee + tea shops LA has seen in quite some time – no hefty price tags or snobbery attached.
Owner and creator Jean Shim is the mastermind behind beloved Silverlake shop LAMILL and is more than familiar with taking a concept, making it her own, and growing it quickly. With the LA community already behind her endeavors, she surprised and delighted us all with a fun new spin on ways to enjoy coffee AND tea – one does not outweigh the other when it comes to her latest brainchild, Rubies + Diamonds. R+D is rooted in coupling history and traditional types of teas/coffee with modern techniques and technology. The result is a menu that features coffee you can order based on your caffeine needs, classic espresso beverages, a variety of traditional health based teas, BKON infused drinks, and NITRO chilled drinks.
“WTF is Bkon and WTF is nitro.”
Let R+D explain.
Bkon Brewed Drinks: “For over a century, the process of steeping tea and brewing coffee have remained mostly unchanged. With Bkon, all of that changes. Using patented RAIN technology, the Bkon machine employs a complex vacuum to process tea and coffee. The result – more flavor extracted from the raw ingredients, as well as more flavor infused into the beverage. Bkon is rewriting all our notions of how we make tea and coffee.”
Nitro Chilled Drinks: “R+D uses a special piece of equipment very similar to a bar tap to introduce Nitrogen into these drinks. Nitrogenizing creates tiny bubbles that results in a creamy, velvety texture without imparting any unwanted flavor. R+D introduces another first with our nitrogenized tea drinks.”
Because there is so much to choose from and so many amazing things you’ll want to try, R+D offers a way to do a little “tasting” – whether it be coffee or nitro drinks, just ask. I was a personal fan of the caramel sea salt latte (pictured), among everything else I tried, but if you can believe it there’s even more to love about Rubies + Diamonds. Besides just coffee and tea R+D offers a curated list of beer and wine, as well as a variety of bites to eat including a selection of sandwiches crafted by chef Eric Greenspan (Maré and Greenspan Grilled Cheese Shop), pastries, and most importantly AMAZING chocolate chip cookies made by Jean’s 12 year old daughter.
Rubies + Diamonds people. Go get crazy with your coffee!
RUBIES + DIAMONDS // 6115 W Sunset Blvd, , California 90028 // 323.465.0400
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 7 am – 10 pm // Friday & Saturday 7 am – 11 pm