Artistic Ambience at Coffee Flower
Coffee Flower in Hacienda Heights is a unique flower store and café combination that offers a one-of-a-kind culinary experience in its floral, aromatic atmosphere.
The café is adorned with seasonal decorations; a sparkling silver tree sits in the center of the room, and bright red poinsettias line the soft green-brown walls. Aside from the Christmas decor, the shop gives off a cute, homey feel with pastel cupcake racks and stuffed animals on shelves. In addition, the café’s Louis Vuitton tablecloths and elegant wicker chairs add a classy element.
From frappuccinos to hot ramen, Coffee Flower’s menu offers a surprisingly wide range of items for such a small café. I ordered the boba milk tea, kimchi fried rice and two macarons.
The boba milk tea only has a dull sweetness, and the syrupy, artificial taste is disappointingly stale. The boba has a soggy and mushy consistency, making the drink unsatisfying overall.
The macarons, on the other hand, have a much more appealing flavor. The caramel macaron’s sweet and salty caramel is artfully paired with subtly smoky, bitter undertones. The rose macaron’s soft texture and delicately sweet flavor provides a stark contrast with its caramel counterpart.
The kimchi fried rice is neatly shaped into a dome and is topped with a fried egg blanket and a sprinkle of shredded seaweed, making the colorful dish look appetizing. The pickled radish side dish perfectly balances out the bold flavors of the rice, and generous amount of kimchi is also mixed in with the rice, giving it a fiery spiciness.
The quiet and quaint atmosphere makes this shop a great place to study or to just relax. Along with the delicate pastries and savory entrées, Coffee Flower’s unconventional hybrid business definitely makes it worth paying a visit.
By Natalie Jiang, Staff writer