I got started at Canabru in Chino, CA. I left a few months ago and now I work for Cafecito Organico in Orange County. I could write paragraphs and paragraphs about coffee. Intelligentsia and Blue Bottle, while still generally unknown to the public at large, are big companies. I mean they sell Intelligentsia beans at Target now. But I think for most people they're the intro to specialty coffee. I like Blue Bottle but can't stand Intelli. I've never had a good experience and to me they perpetuate the "snobby barista" stereotype that so many people think of when they think of specialty coffee. Luckily the industry is exploding so theres plenty of places, especially in major cities like Los Angeles, to find great coffee.