The first Northern California outpost of L.A.-based chain Tierra Mia Coffee is soft-opening tomorrow at the corner of Mission and Valencia, and locals will be pleased to learn that if they drop by during business hours this weekend, their drink will be on the house. This is the seventh location for Tierra Mia, which specializes in coffee drinks inspired by Latino flavors, like horchata lattes, mochas made with Mexican chocolate, and classic Cubano cafe con leche.
Tierra Mia roasts its own coffee in L.A., and will be roasting and shipping the coffee same-day to ensure freshness. Owner Ulysses Romero says he's looking into eventually getting a small roastery space here in the Bay Area. The company sources from micro-lots in Latin America and prides itself on artisan preparation—they're even bringing up four baristas from L.A. who'll train the SF staff for the first 4-8 weeks to ensure the quality of the drinks. The shop will also have pastries, though Romero has yet to finalize a local vendor (the L.A. shops bake their own). The shop officially opens to the public on Monday; hours will be 6:30 am-10 pm daily.