I found Corner Place on Yelp! I was searching for coffee shops near me that aren’t Starbucks (sorry to the Siren) and happened to stumble on Corner Place. The shop is very cute and simply decorated. They have plenty of seating; a couch and a couple of small tables, a larger table, bar seating, plus a couple tables outside. They also have a small retail section of tea cups and tea pots that were very pretty
They don’t have a huge espresso menu as they also serve; Boba, other specialty teas, fresh smoothies, milkshakes and a few frappe blended drinks. The espresso drinks they do serve are your typical popular cafe drinks; Americano, latte, mocha, white mocha, Spanish Latte and other flavored lattes as well as cold brew, done Kyoto Style. The pastry selection consists of freshly made croissants, that they make in house every morning. They also have a small cooler of bottled beverages and what looks like a variety of cake slices to choose from. What really drew me to this shop though, was the pictures of macaron ice cream sandwiches! I’m a sucker for a good macaron, use it for an ice cream sandwich and you struck gold.
My first visit here I was the only customer here (it was 9am on a Saturday), which made it easy to get some pictures of the shop. I ended up getting a mocha and the plain croissant. The croissant had that nice crunch on the outside and was light, soft, flaky, and buttery on the inside. It was the perfect croissant and honestly the best plain croissant i’ve had to date. The mocha was perfection! The milk was aerated beautifully with the perfect micro foam. The chocolate was well balanced with freshly ground espresso. The espresso itself was pulled perfectly, strong but not bitter or burnt tasting. Latte art was beautiful as well. Needless to say, after my first sip and first visit I knew I’d be coming back here.
My second visit was the following weekend, simply because I couldn’t wait to explore more of the espresso options. This visit I went with an Iced White Mocha, Apple Croissant and the Coffee Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich. The Iced White Mocha was delicious! I’m usually a little cautious getting white mocha because it’s usually sweeter than regular mocha and I don’t like overly sweet coffee. This was surprisingly perfect. I think the secret is the way Brianna made it. She took the ice, milk and white mocha and mixed it all together first in a separate pitcher THEN put it in my cup and added the shots of espresso on top and mixed it all together. Everything melded together beautifully, I tasted the espresso first and at the end got the sweetness of the white mocha. The Apple Croissant was heavenly! Again, it had the crunch on the outside and the inside was FILLED with a delicious apple cinnamon mixture. It was moist and with every bite you could taste the amazingly tender apple with cinnamon. The macaron ice cream sandwich was so cute I almost didn’t want to eat it. The macaron was crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. It had that beautiful smooth texture and proper feet plus it was full of coffee flavor. The macaron was strong enough not to fall apart under the weight of the ice cream as I was eating it. The coffee ice cream was pretty good as well. It was creamy, smooth and also full of coffee flavor. This is the first place I’ve seen to make an ice cream sandwich with macarons and I have to say, I’m a fan.
Third visit, I got a latte and a Guava Cheese Strudel. The Guava Strudel was so good! It was full of guava so you can taste it in every bite. The latte was delicious, Brianna did an amazing job as usual. As I was getting ready to leave I ordered an iced mocha and two coffee macaron ice cream sandwiches, I was talking to Brianna about coffee, she told me their normal espresso is their house blend called morse code, made with Colombian coffees. Brianna surprised me with an iced latte made with an Ethiopia coffee instead of their house blend. The iced mocha was perfect and pretty to look at. The iced latte with the Ethiopia was delicious! It completely changed the taste of the latte, in a good way. I got the blueberry notes from the Ethiopia right away. I don’t know if I can choose which espresso I like better, they are both pretty great.
Every time I’ve been to Corner Place Brianna was the barista, she is super sweet and welcoming. Any questions i’ve had, she’s been able to answer. I couldn’t be more excited to have a new Saturday coffee shop, especially one that is ten minutes away from home! The only downside, for me, is they are closed Sunday which is probably a good thing for my wallet and my waistline. If you’re in the area for any reason, you need to check out Corner Place! You won’t regret it! Do you think you’ll try Corner Place? What coffee shops in SoCal do I need to try? Let me know in the comments below!
Address: 14838 Whittier Blvd Whittier, CA