Tierra Mía Coffee: Is This the Latin Take On Starbucks?
Remember back in the early 2000s when Starbucks was all the rage and we kept being told their shops were all about the experience? These days a trend of creative foam designs, minimalistic industrial decor, Edison light bulbs, white or black tiles and steel stools have become the staple for a cool coffee shop “experience”. What else though?
There’s always something that makes each of these shops special. In this case, we scouted L.A. for coffee with some Latin flavor and we were pleasantly (and proudly) surprised by Tierra Mía Coffee.
Walking through Echo Park you will see many places that are worth a visit, or multiple visits. But what stood out about Tierra Mía Coffee was the sheer amount of people walking in and out of the shop even though it’s located around the corner from a gas station, next to a barber shop and that’s pretty much it. You’d expect this kind of foot traffic at a coffee shop on a main street like Sunset Blvd., right?
We go where the people go…
Obviously, we had to follow the crowd of coffee lovers to Tierra Mía. As soon as you walk in, you’ll hear the familiar sounds of Camila to “Mientes” – not a popular song in the States, you know. The music in Spanish, the smell of sweet coffee and dulce de leche pastries made us feel comfortable, like home.
The walls are decorated with pictures of the different regions in Latin America where Tierra Mía works with coffee growers to provide their customers with the best coffee grains. From Brazil to Colombia, Panama to Mexico and the wonderful lands of Perú, the shops coffee selection was once described as the “third wave” of coffee shops.
Did we mention the coffee is roasted in house? Oh, and the pastries are baked in-house as well. #AsioMásBueno?
Show us the goods
The menu is simple, yet it will make you plan your next visit as soon as you’re done ordering.
Let’s begin with the drinks: Horchata, Mazapan Peanut and Coco Loco lattes and/or frappes are a must. Although, if you feel like it’s too late in the day for coffee (yes, there is such a thing), then try their Mojito Mint Tea Lemonade or Strawberry Mojito Tea Lemonade. Thirsty yet? They are all delicious.
As you know, coffee needs company, so pair your coffee with a churro muffin, soy tres leches muffin or any of their croissant variations. What diet?
Visit them in a town near you! (Soon?)
Tierra Mía Coffee opened in 2008 in South Gate. Two years later, it began expanding to other locations in Southern California. Today, there are twelve shops in SoCal and two shops in NorCal. The last location to grace the U.S. is the Santa Ana shop, and it looks great. You’ll want their coffee and their interior designer too. Not kidding; it’s an Insta shoot stop for some.
With Santa Ana welcoming Horchata Lattes we’re wondering what other locations could follow… Will Tierra Mía continue to expand in Northern California and stay a West Coast treat or will the “third wave” of coffee take over the U.S.? Let’s hope it’s the latter, right?
Have you been to Tierra Mía Coffee? How do you feel about sharing the Latinx flavors with the rest of the U.S.? #SharingIsCaring
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