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Tierra Mia Coffee channels Latin-American roots

Move over Starbucks, there’s a new coffee shop in town that is spreading like wildfire throughout California, and it isn’t the average coffee place you’d find around the corner.

Tierra Mia, Spanish for “my land”, roasts its own signature coffee to provide that unique and original flavor found in their drinks that are not the typical at most coffee shops.

Tierra Mia has reached out to the California community, receiving positive feedback from customers, and news sources such as Telemundo, Univision, LA Weekly, and Los Angeles Times since 2008 for its coffee, beverages, and pastries inspired by the Latin American culture.

Signature drinks include the Mocha Mexicano, Horchata Latte, Coco Loco Latte, Cubano con Leche, Horchata Frappe, and Mojito Mint Tea Lemonade.  Tierra Mia even finds a way to incorporate art into their lattes by drawing leaves and flower designs in the latte foam.

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The well-known coffee shop describes it’s atmosphere as comfortable and modern with Latin American influences with Spanish ballads playing in the background, and Latin craftsmanship photos displayed on the walls.

If customers are in a rush, there is a Drive-Thru available to get their coffee fix in a hurry. The only downfall of the coffee joint is that unlike other coffee places, Tierra Mia does not provide Wi-Fi for customers.

During my visit, I decided to purchase the popular drink, “Chocolate Mexicano Frappe,” an iced blended Mexican hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, and drizzled with chocolate syrup.

One word sums up the flavor of the frappe: chocolatey! What was amazing about this frappe was that the iced chocolate tastes exactly like the Mexican hot chocolate many people are familiar with, making the drink not only delicious, but genuine and nostalgic.

Another Tierra Mia favorite among customers is the Horchata Frappe, an iced frappuccino blended with rice milk and topped with whipped cream.

Tierra Mia coffee provides a variety of pastries to accompany the coffee drinks that include a few twists such as muffins with flavors ranging from pina colada, blueberry, chocolate chip, banana nut. There are also buttery and chocolate drizzled croissants for people who like to play it safe.

Also available are fruit filled pastries, with either strawberry, cheese, and pineapple Danish to satisfy the sweet tooth including guava strudels.

A best seller at Tierra Mia is their Tres Leches muffins, so with all the hype I decided to try it out.

Tres Leches stands for three types of milk in Spanish including condensed, evaporated, and dairy milk.

The muffin was skillfully made with a soft golden brown muffin top.

As soon as the fork went right through the muffin, the soaked texture from the three types of milk became evident and captivating.

The Tres Leches Muffin was moist and full of flavor with explosions of vanilla that came with a sweetness that is hard to resist. Overall, the muffin was delicious, fresh, and unique.

Tierra Mia Coffee shop has many locations including South Gate, Echo Park, Huntington Park, Los Angeles, Santa Fe Springs, San Francisco and Pico Rivera.

If you are interested in trying one of their delicious treats and drinks or you are in need of a new coffee shop, try the nearby Pico Rivera Tierra Mia located at 9220 Slauson Ave. or any of the other locations.

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