Tierra Mia Coffee, the Latin-tinged, WiFi-averse coffee chain from Ulysses Romero that is slowly populating California with cafes, takes a hands-on approach. The company roasts coffee that Romero sources and bakes pastries in-town. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear if they start growing and processing coffee themselves in the coming years. In the meantime, we can enjoy their dulce de leche muffins and signature frappes.
These ice-blended drinks are all impressive, whether infused with coconut (Coco Loco), mocha Mexicano, or Rice & Beans. The latter is my favorite offering, featuring a coffee base, distinct sweetened rice milk (horchata) flavor, and ground espresso beans. Baristas garnish the cap of each drink with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon.