UPDATE: I drove past the Whittier location on 2/15/20 and the store had been cleared out. I’m not sure when exactly it closed, all the outside signs are still hanging but everything inside is gone.
Talias Coffee and Tea has two locations, Norwalk: 12200 Civic Center Dr #G and Whittier: 15175 Whittier Blvd. I visited the Whittier location, which is attached to the Banc of California. This location use to be a Starbucks, that I visited often. The basic set up inside is very similar to the Starbucks before it, with a few minor changes. I visited on New Year’s Day in the morning so there weren’t a lot of people inside but on the weekends when I drive by it’s always busy. The store is simple in design but was very clean and well kept. There is plenty of seating inside and outside on the patio. The staff that I encountered were friendly and helpful.
The menu is your basic espresso, latte, white mocha, cappuccino, etc., all of which come hot or iced. They also have hot teas and iced teas, coffee and non coffee “frappes,” smoothies, and gelato. Their pastry selection wasn’t very large, in the cold case they had signs for sandwiches but I didn’t see any out, maybe it was still too early in the morning? And a wide variety of macarons, which I can’t resist.
I ended up getting a small white mocha, a Palermo Americano, and five macarons. I’m not normally a hot coffee drinker, I’m the weirdo who gets an iced drink even if it’s pouring rain, but I got my white mocha hot this time. It was really good, the milk was steamed perfectly, the espresso was noticeable but not overpowering and the white mocha had the perfect amount of sweetness to it. The Palermo Americano was a new one for me, the barista told me instead of adding water to the shots of espresso like a typical Americano, they pull long shots, which means when the espresso machine is pulling the shots of espresso it will add more water than normal so the shots aren’t as concentrated. It was good, strong, but good. I had to add some sugar to it, for it to be drinkable.
The macarons I got were: chocolate, vanilla, coffee, pistachio and coconut. They were INCREDIBLE! They keep them in the cold case, as they should, I however am not a fan of cold macarons so I let them sit out to get to room temperature before I tried them. They were so flavorful, they had the right amount of crispiness and crunch to them. My mouth is watering as I write about them.
Will I go back to Talias? For coffee? Maybe but I will for sure be back for a macaron fix. Have you been to either location? What’s your favorite drink? Let me know in the comments below.