WORDS BY: ALELI MAY VUELTA
PHOTOS BY: STEPHANIE PEREZ
Last Friday, Latin American Coffeehouse Tierra Mia opened on the corner of PCH & Pasadena. With lines out the door and it’s drive-thru causing traffic on neighboring streets, Long Beach welcomed the chain’s ninth location in Los Angeles county.
Jesus Gamino, the store’s manager wasn’t expecting to get the response they did on their grand opening.
“Honestly, I was expecting it be busy but not as much as it’s been, so I’m really glad with the overwhelming response we received from the community,” Gamino said.
The shop serves up artisan coffee and roasts its own beans, adding to the number of craft coffee shops in Long Beach.
The chain is known for its unique, Latin-American inspired beverages and pastries. Their most popular drinks are the Horchatta Latte and Frappe, Cafecito Cubano Con Leche, Coco Loco Latte and Rice and Bean Frappe. Popular pastries include the Tres Leche Muffin, Horchata Latte Cupcake and Guava Cheese Pastry.
CSULB students, Abigail Dominguez and Karina Guitterez, who have never tried Tierra Mia, were some of the many customers eagerly waiting in line. They heard about the store’s opening through various friends tagging them on Facebook and wanted to get a taste of what everyone was talking about.
“I’m going to get the Horchatte Frappucino; I heard that’s the hype,” said Guitterez.
However, neither of them were expecting the store be as busy as it was.
“Did you see the line for the drive-thru? We got lucky; we found parking right in front,” said Dominguez. “We were like ‘oh yeah!’”
Tierra Mia is located at 425 E Pacific Coast Highway, between Long Beach Blvd and Atlantic Ave. The store’s initial hours will be from 6 a.m. to midnight.