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Favorite Coffee Shops in Southern California

I became a coffee lover. Growing up, I was the kind of girl who will only drink tea. When I do drink coffee, I used to add about 5 packs of sugar, and a lot of vanilla creamer. I couldn’t stand the bitter taste, and if I drink any coffee with less sugar or cream, I become extremely hyper – drove my friends crazy. During my undergrad, coffee was the only thing that kept me awake during class. Now, I can drink coffee black without getting hyper. My favorite types of coffee would have to be an Caffè Americano, Kyoto-style Cold Brew, Vanilla Latte, and Caffè Latte. Here are a couple of my favorite places to grab coffee in Los Angeles County, and Orange County.img_0467

First up, Hideout Cafe in Rowland Heights, CA. This is an Asian Cafe that sells drinks from coffee to boba milk teas. My favorite drink at Hideout is their Tiramisu Latte (hot) because it’s not that often when I find a Tiramisu Latte on a menu. I also like their rice dishes and waffle dessert. The atmosphere can be loud because a lot of high school students likes to hang out there and study. I went to Hideout on a Sunday once when it opened, and it was nice and peaceful. But after about 30 minutes, it started getting pack with students. I don’t really like going back there for that reason, and would only grab it to-go now.

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One of my new favorites is a Mint Mojito Iced Coffee from Philz Coffee. This is a very popular and trendy drink – Instagram worthy too. At first, I thought it over-hyped, but I decided to give it a try since I was in Glendale. This drink is amazing if done right. A friend went to the Pasadena location about a week or two after we went to Glendale, and it was okay. It’s not too creamy, and the amount of mint used is perfect. I regretted not getting the large size.

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Next, a Cafè Latte from Champagne French Bakery Cafe located in the South Coast Plaza Mall, in Costa Mesa, CA. Honestly, I wasn’t really expecting much out of this. My friend, sister, and I just wanted a caffeine fix, and a place to relax after shopping. I decided to get a Cafè Latte to somewhat ‘share’ with my sister because she wasn’t in the mood for coffee at the time. After she tried some (cafe latte is her favorite), immediately she started drinking most of my coffee haha. They also have a lot of delicious small pastries.

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Forth on this list, is Coffee Holic located in West Covina, CA. I love this place because if you order their iced lattes, they use coffee ice cubes in your drink. When I order, I usually ask which of their drinks has coffee ice cubes just to make sure I’m not ordering a drink that uses regular ice. My go to drink is their Vanilla Latte – medium roast, and it was more than enough. Because of the frozen coffee cubes, your drink will never get watered down. Instead, it slowly becomes more bitter as more coffee melts into the drink. By the end of the day, I still had half a cup left.

Lastly, G&B Coffee located at the Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles. This is my favorite place for coffee, and it’s rare when I do go back here because there’s traffic, and finding parking is not fun. I ordered their Almond Macadamia Cappuccino for $5.25. This was my first time trying coffee with Almond, and it won’t be my last. Even my sister liked it, and she hates almond milk. It’s been a while since I’ve gone back, but I’ll probably try to go back during fall/winter when the weather gets cooler.

– Cindy

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