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Where "Grande" Means "Large"

One visit to Tierra Mia Coffee in South Gate left me wanting more

By Erick Huerta
Published on LatinoLA: July 2, 2009

Where "Grande" Means "Large"

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First impressions are everything and let me tell you, Tierra Mia Coffee left me wanting more.

It just sucks that it's in South Gate, not that there's anything wrong with South Gate. It's a little too far off my regular route here in Boyle Heights.

So how did I end up in South Gate in the first place?

Well, I was on my way to Malandrinas show a few weeks back, which was totally awesome and I ended up going to go check out the coffee house with my date. And because my friend works there and he would hook it up.

You know how I do.

While I only took a quick pic of my chocolate chip muffin and Horchata Frappe, the place was awesome.

I was joking with the baristas that I was glad to be in a coffee house where grande meant large. The place just had a great vibe to it.

I didn't outta feel outta place or like I was getting the stinky eye, like when I roll with friends to a crapbucks or shitty bean.

It reminded of my Pachuco 3000's post about not having certain foods in the barrio. I WOULD LOVE for Tierra to come to Boyle Heights and East Los. Then I wouldn't have to go to Highland Park to Antigua Cafe and Bakery for free wifi.

There is a need for a great coffee house here on the East side and after visiting Mi Tierra, I WANT MY COFFEE and WIFI.

Hold the gentrification.

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