Tierra Mia Coffee
2001 Broadway, Uptown Oakland
Phone: (510) 251-0656
Tierra Mia Coffee, the SoCal-based, Latin-inspired coffee chain from Ulysses Romero, made its Bay Area debut last summer, opening a shop in lower Bernal Heights. This weekend, as promised, Romero launched his second Bay Area location of Tierra Mia in another up-and-coming dining neighborhood: Uptown Oakland. Like the other locations, it offers house-roasted, single-origin espresso drinks or pour-over Chemex brews, as well as some Latin-inspired drinks like a horchata latte, Mexican chocolate mocha, and Cuban cafe con leche.
The main differences between the two Tierra Mia locations come in their aesthetics and their food programs. At 1,900 square feet, the Oakland location can seat around 40 patrons, and its home in the former I. Magnin department store (most recently host to Cafe Madrid) features impressively high ceilings, chandeliers, big windows, and iron crossbeams aplenty. Romero is also trying to keep things local in terms of pastry: while the SF location sources from Patisserie Philippe, his Oakland pastries will come from the East Bay's Starter Bakery (including their popular kouign-amann). An Oakland roastery also remains on Romero's radar, as he's currently roasting beans in L.A. and sending them up to the two NorCal locations; other outlets of the chain are also a possibility, with Romero having expressed interest in San Leandro and San Jose in the past. The hours at the Oakland location will be 6:30 am-10 pm daily.