The Coffee Tree | Pasadena

By way of ambiance, The Coffee Tree in Pasadena is probably the perfect combination of everything you’d want in a coffee shop. Situated in an alley called ‘the arcade’, one feels like your in an older part of Paris or Venace – if only for half a block. The coffee shop has a beautifully rounded floor-to-ceiling bay window that fills the small shop with light throughout the day. There are multiple seating options including from bar stools, window tables for 2, and a few outdoor tables (perfect for a tobacco pipe smoke if you ask politely!).

However, as pleasant as that all sounds – the coffee is unpleasant. If you get lucky enough to drink air pot coffee freshly brewed (with 20 minutes or so) it is bearable. But the cappuccino’s are pretty bad. Oh, they look ok – served in tall milk shake glasses with handles – where the milk takes up the top half, espress the bottom. But that’s not really what we mean now days by a cappuccino. And even if it was – the espresso tasted like an hour old shot, and the milk was bitter and ‘pasty’, actually making it hard to drink at all.

Food, though, is not so bad, being served from the same-owned neighboring El Portal or Yahaira’s Cafe, making the menu quite large actually. My favorite is the tortilla soup, which comes with chips. But they do have scones & croissants on hand, which aren’t too bad either.

But maybe we can up the quality, right? The shop owner is in frequently, and just like all the workers – is very kind. It’s a great shop, with tons of potential, and if the coffee was really good I’m  afraid my usual seat would be filled. So maybe I should have keep my mouth shut!

Pasadena, CA

The Coffee Tree
696 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena,
CA? – (626) 796-8256?
Mon. 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m: Tues.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-8 p.m; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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